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The Canadian Bookseller

VOL. XIII.]

THE

AND LIBRARY JOURNAL.

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER, 1900.

"The Master-Christian :" a question of

Canadian Bookseller the time. By Marie Corelli. 634 pages,

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cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents. Published by William Briggs, Toronto.

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The Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York, claim to have adopted a practical plan to stop the suicidal discount system which booksellers generally have been compelled to adopt. Their plan is called the "No-Cut-Rate" Plan. Each invoice issued by them has the following either printed or stamped on its face, viz. :

"The Funk & Wagnalls Company's publications are sold on condition that they are not to be retailed at less than catalog prices."

Dealers may at their option give a discount up to, but not beyond, 20% to libraries and students.

Their books are supplied also by the wholesale trade on this same understanding, and any dealer cutting prices is no longer to be supplied. The discount to the trade is to be one-third off.

This is certainly a step in the right direction, especially if it is true that the Wanamaker and other department stores are keeping to this rule. Combines and interference with freedom of trade should be looked at generally with suspicion; but if the publishers would issue books at a fair

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retail price, and then form a strong combine to maintain that price, with a fair discount off to the trade, there would be no objection; on the contrary, such a combine would be warmly welcomed. Selling 50 cent books for 35 cents; 75 cent books for 60 cents; or $1.50 books for $1.10 is ruinous all round, and should be stopped.

Some time ago it was rumoured that the Siegel-Cooper Co. of New York and Chicago, were negotiating for the opening of a great departmental store in Toronto, but nothing came of the rumour. The company, however, have not been idle. It is as restless and ambitious as the Standard Oil octopus. It is said that Mr. Cooper, of the SiegelCooper company, of Chicago, has enlisted capitalists in London, who have joined him. in the establishment of a great store in London. He will obtain by lease or purchase, a store of similar capacity to his great stores in this country, and London women will be tempted-and fall-as our women have been wherever these frauds have been established.

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The Toronto Exhibition has come in for much adverse criticisin this year, because it has not been as successful as usual. the critics should not be too hard. Exhibition has been a good thing for Toronto, and indeed for the province. The trouble is that it is difficult to keep the interest maintained year after year. There will be "off years," and this has been one of them. There is no necessity for getting too excited over the matter. There has been too much criticism of the so-called circus

side-show features. It is quite certain that without these features the best agricultural and manufacturers' show that could be produced would be a dead failure. Instruction and amusement must go hand in hand.

We used to have considerable fun at the expense of our brother Britishers in the old land at their want of knowledge of things Canadian. It was certainly most laughable to hear of a gentleman in London who had sent his son to Canada, writing to a friend in Montreal saying that the son could occasionally run over to Toronto for an hour or two in the evening, so long as he was back

in Montreal by midnight at the latest. But even this was not more laughable than the New York Sun of September 16, in which it was set forth in cold type that "after many years of agitation on the part of British authors the Canadian parliament, at the session just closed, passed a new copyright act, in which all the features hitherto objected to, have been eliminated." If all that is not true is eliminated from that article, there would hardly be a line left. The years of agitation was on the part of Canadians, and not of British authors-these latter at first abused the Canadians in fine style, and only fell into line when the absurdity of their attacks was shown up. Then the Canadian parliament did not pass a new copyright act at its recent session. It simply passed an amendment to the present Act. Such a leading paper as the Sun should really know more about things Canadian before attempting to write

thereon.

John Cotton Dana, librarian of the city library, Springfield, Mass., has been pouring hot shot into the literary journals across the border. He says book reviews are written to please authors and publishers. But, after all, what is a book review but the opinion of the man who writes it. And it is a fact, borne out by long experience, that no amount of puffing or advertising will sell a book which has not something in it. It is true that many of the recent successes in the book world have been largely advertised. But some trashy, sensational novels have also had large sales; not because they were widely advertised but because they were ultra sensational. Most of the recent successes in the book world have been well worthy of the success attained. There are, it is true, a great many trashy novels published; but not one of the successes of the past year can be put in this class--they were all worth reading. But to return to the question, What are book reviews ? Simply the opinion of the reviewer. One will think a book no good; another will think it is a capital story. Some months ago the Mail and Empire had a two-column laudatory review of "Bob, Son of Battle." A gentleman who read the review, bought the book, but expressed himself as supremely disgusted with it-thought it was a most absurd story. Now, had he written the criticism for the Mail and Empire, that is how he would have expressed himself; but had he done so, thousands who have thoroughly enjoyed reading "Bob" would have classed him as a misanthrope, one incapable of appreciating a good story, well told. Such is criticism. The moral is, take it for what it is worth. If a critic condemns a book,

one else may not find it most enjoyable. And, on the other hand, because a critic praises a book, it does not follow that every reader will agree with him.

The Canadian publishers are producing a splendid line of books for the fall season— books that will have a large sale if only properly pushed. Now is the time for Canadian booksellers to make a specialty of Canadian-made books. It will be money in their own pockets. It is well known that the department stores in large cities hurt the bookseller very much-prices are cut so fine. But the live booksellers across the border meet such competition by special displays of special books, and thus more than hold their own. The Cleveland Plaindealer comments as follows regarding a recent example of this method of calling the attention of the public to important books: "A very attractive display is that in the west window of the Helman-Taylor Co., advertising the book 'The Light of Scarthey,' by Egerton Castle, the well-known author of The Pride of Jennico' and 'Young April.' It has a lighthouse with a lighted lantern in the foreground, while behind it, for the whole length of the window, is a miniature sea wall, on top of which are coils of rope tastefully arranged. On the floor of the window, arranged to represent the seashore, is a sailboat tied to its moorings, while scaling ladders are placed to be of use in case of need. Worked into the sea wall and also in the body of the window is a profuse display of the book referred to. The window is causing a great deal of attention, and is certainly very striking and original in its design, and reflects much credit both upon Mr. Wilmot, who trimmed it, and the Helman-Taylor Co." We would be glad to mention any Canadian book dealers who have the enterprise to make similar special displays. There is no doubt but that each display would well repay the

trouble.

New Books.

THE PUBLISHERS' SYNDICATE BOOKS.

A leading feature in Canadian bookstores this season will be the "Canadian Wild Life Calendar for 1991," which is being issued by The Publishers' Syndicate, Ltd., 7 and 9 King St. East, Toronto. This work of art surpasses anything of the kind before attempted in this country, and fully equals the most ambitious efforts of the great American publishers. It consists of six plates and cover, each of the plates being for two months of the year. The cover is on very that does not necessarily mean that some heavy paper, etched in colors, and the

plates are half-tone engravings from original drawings by famous Canadian artists. The subjects are varied, each conveying a glimpse of wild life in some portion of Canada. They are charming pictures, finely engraved and admirably printed in colored inks.

Such a calendar, produced without regard to cost, cannot fail to be a great success. It is especially suitable as a souvenir to send abroad, and at the moderate price of one dollar, it offers an exceptional opporunity for an appropriate Christmas gift. Its chief merit lies in the fact that it is a first class production in every way, fully equal to any that will be offered by foreign houses, and its Canadian character is of great additional attraction.

"The Messages of the Bible" is the title of a series of commentaries now being issued in Canada by The Publishers Syndicate of Toronto. The series is edited by Charles Foster Kent, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Literature and History in Brown University, and Frank K. Sanders, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Literature in Yale University. The following volumes have already been issued : "The Messages of the Earlier Prophets," by the Editors; "The Messages of the Later Prophets," by the Editors; "The Messages of Paul," by Prof. George B. Stevens, D.D., Ph.D., of Yale University; and "The Messages of Jesus, according to the Synoptists," by Prof. Thomas C. Hall, of Union Theological Seminary. Eight other important volumes are in preparation. The books are square 16mo., at $1.25 net, and the series will form, when complete, a most important and lasting link in the chain of deep and searching Bible commentaries.

"One of the most remarkable books we have had for some time, at least in the world of fiction," is the way Justin McCarthy, M.P., characterizes "Arden Massiter," in the "Independent." "Dr. Barry," he goes on to say, "is a Roman Catholic priest who has mixed more in the world of politics and society than most English Catholic priests have done, and has studied deeply and travelled much. He is a man whom one meets a good deal in London, and who is appreciated in many circles where his religious opinions would not of themselves be likely to secure him a welcome in advance. Not many clergymen of Dr. Barry's faith have in our time at least ventured to become workers in the field of romance, and this is Dr. Barry's third novel. Arden Massiter' has received some most eulogistic reviews, and the critic in Punch' has described it as a work of genius. It is a story about the Italy of to-day, but its interest is chiefly centred in modern Rome and the castle in the

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mountains of an ancient Italian family, whose memories and traditions carry us back into far distant years, and into the struggles and tragedies of an Italy in which Petrarch and Rienzi had not yet come up." "Arden Massiter" is issued in Canada by The Publishers' Syndicate, Toronto, at 75 cents, paper, and $1.25 cloth.

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'Paris," by Esther Singleton, has become one of the "books of the year." It is a delightful series of descriptions of Paris, by all the great writers who have treated of the beautiful city by the Seine, and it throws a new light on over the various places of which it tells-the light of poetry, of genius and of romance. The humorous illustrations in half-tone lend an even added interest to the text, and the volume as a whole cannot be too highly commended. It is published in Canada by The Publishers' Syndicate, Toronto, at $2.00 a copy.

Another book that is attracting great interest is the "Memoirs of Victor Hugo," containing what will certainly prove the last published writings of the great French author. It is a $2.50 book, and is worth twice its money in the delight which may be obtained from it. Hugo's writing never palls, and his style was never more vigorous than in this his last published work, which is being placed on the Canadian market by The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited.

GAGE & CO.'S NEW BOOKS.

In securing the Canadian rights of Miss Kingsley's "Gateless Barrier" this house has no doubt made a hit. The book, which will be out in September, is from the pen of Charles Kingsley's eldest daughter, who has followed her father as a writer of fiction with

marked success. Her word pictures of scenery, and especially her fine descriptions of elegant interiors, will be appreciated by all lovers of art. Her style is finished and attractive without being deficient in dialogue and lively incident. The mystery that hangs over the course of the tale, and the half-weird experiences of Lawrence Rivers with his shadowy sweetheart, furnish continual suggestions of possibilities on the dim borderland of existence and are sure to prove interesting to a large class of readers.

"Sons of the Morning," by Eden Phillpotts, is another new book to be issued by this firm during the month, and the trade will do well to remember that the same author's "Children of the Mist" had a great sale, and will govern themselves accordingly. The scenes of the new volume lie in the southwest corner of England which the author knows and loves so well.

The Moor folk of the district enter largely into the narrative, with their quaint dialect and the vanishing customs of thirty years ago. The strife of character and the play of chance are found as the story progresses, but the pivot about which the interest centres is a fantastic medicine to be secured as an antidote to the illness of the mistress. The book at times reminds one of the style of Hardy and again of Blackmore. It is fresh and original, and promises to be as great a favorite as its predecessor.

Within a fortnight of its issue the first edition of "The Girl at the Half-way House" was exhausted. The reading public seems to have taken to Mr. Hough's graphic portrayal of the breezy western life. The four days of the book give snap-shot pictures of the southwest pioneers, and the interest never flags. The author manages to combine the graphic vigor of an eyewitness with a polished good literary style quite remarkable under the circumstances. The fight between the gigantic Mexican and the Indian Chief is almost Homeric.

Religion and marriage determine most of our happiness in this world, and these two factors form the basis of Mrs. Craigie's "Robert Orange." Her wit is alert, her orthodoxy is open, and her style compasses grave and lofty expression. The story of Orange's married life, his literary and political career, his close intimacy with Disraeli, and his reception into the Church-these are the landmarks of a book full of brilliance and suggestive of deeper thoughts than most novels contain. The book is packed with intellectual matter, with acute observations on human foibles, and arresting reflections on life and destiny.

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S. Baring-Gould's "Winefred" maintains the well-known quality of the writer. It is a story of the chalk cliffs of Devonshire, but the scene shifts occasionally from the rural district to the aristocratic circles of London.

It is a striking novel of English life in the last century, full of lively dialogue and vigorous sketching. The fine illustrations are an aid to the reader's realization of the dress, manners and scenery described. A second edition has become necessary.

"The Mandarin" is a new novel by the author of "A Bride of Japan." It is a story of China as it stands to-day-a spicy tale of adventures in which Carlton Dawe shows the yellow race at close quarters and in numerous ways throws a side light on missionary effort in the East. With the proper amount of love-making, there is also thrown in a good deal of rough-and-tumble fighting, in which the comical situations have

often a strong dash of humor. The passion of a Chinese mandarin for a bright English girl, the daughter of a missionary, is in itself a novel and semi-ludicrous situation which the author works out to advantage. The present interest in China makes this a very timely book, and the clear type and numerous illustrations give it an attractive appear.

ance.

A third Canadian edition of "Deacon The book Bradbury" was soon called for. continues to find readers and to justify the criticisms passed upon it at the time of its first appearance. It is one of the strongest books of the year, and grand by the very force of its simplicity. Mr. Dix looks at the hopeful side of things, and every page of his story brings to the reader a whiff of pure country air. Books may come and books may go, but "Deacon Bradbury" still sells as well as ever. The simple life of a New England farmer strongly resembles that of many of our Canadian people, and the mighty spiritual conflict that rages in the breast of the rugged Deacon recalls to the memory of the reader many a parallel story from real life. The transparent sincerity and truth of the sketches take a strong hold of our sympathy, far stronger than anything produced by the complication of plot.

Dr. Algie's "Houses of Glass" has upset the pessimistic notion that a Canadian author cannot expect honor in his own country. Professor Goldwin Smith's estimate has been confirmed by the judgment of the reading public. The story is well handled and interesting to the end. The broken English spoken by some of the personages is interesting as a fair specimen of the fusion of dialects that is taking place on this continent under our own observation. The author's theories of life and moral obligation need not be accepted as final; the great social problem presented is in itself a matter of universal interest, and the fine passages here and there have an attraction of their own, while the minute touches often reveal a deep insight into human nature.

MORANG & CO.'S BOOKS.

The prominent book of the day is, without doubt, Col. Denison's "Soldiering in Canada." The publishers have brought out this work in a way that does them credit, and as a good solid $2 book it will do credit to every bookseller who handles it. It is in a way unique, for there is only one man in Canada who could write just such a book in just such a way, and that is the sturdy, downright late commander of the GovernorGeneral's Body Guard. The newspapers have not been slow to take up this volume

into their critical hands, and from one end of the Canadian row of pressmen to the other opinions have been freely expressed. In some cases the "Colonel" has been called in question and his evidence disputed; but on all sides the book is praised as a very interesting contribution to Canadian literature. The volume is admirably illus trated by numerous half-tones and a fine photogravure portrait of the author. The trade have at once recognized it as a book in which a steady trade may be done for a lengthened period.

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The news that Gilbert Parker has a new novel on the stocks to be published in a short time will be welcome to those who have bandled his former works and who recognize his hold on the Canadian public. The name of the new book is "Born With a Golden Spoon," and advance notices of it say that it is a highly superior production. The scene of the story is laid in old Quebec, and the author's wide knowledge of the early French-Canadian period is fully exemplified. It goes without saying that

this work when it appears will have a large sale.

Among the works which are announced by Morang & Co. for early production is Mr. Ernest Seton-Thompson's "A Woman Tenderfoot." Mrs. Seton-Thompson has been the companion of her husband, the famous artist-author, in so many of his expeditions that she is amply able to present the woman's side of the trip during which he gathered the material for his "Wild Animals." The many marginal drawings and full-page pictures add greatly to the interest. These drawings will be by❘ Ernest Seton-Thompson, F. D. Ashe, and from sketches and photographs. At the price of $2.0 this eminently artistic production should be a great holiday favorite.

Another important book announced for The the immediate future by this firm is " Life of Francis Parkman," the great historian, by Charles Haight Farnham. The author of this work knew Mr. Parkman, and his work has been done with the sanction of the historian's nearest relatives, and with their assistance as far as information of a personal character is concerned. He has devoted much study and labor to the preparation of his work, and has had access to all the available material in the hands of Mr. Parkman's family and friends, including such letters as have been preserved, the diary of his vacation journals, and his extremely interesting autobiographic letters written by the historian to his friends, Dr. George H. Ellis and Martin Brimmer. The book is divided into three parts: (1) Parkman's Preparation. (2) The Reflection of his Personality in his Works, and (3) The Story of his Moral Growth.

Morang & Co. will again publish this year the very artistic calendar of the Toronto Art League, the subject this year being "A Canadian Village." The former efforts of the Art League in the calendar line have been so well received that it is

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scarcely necessary to say that this production will be a very excellent one. group of artists who for nine successive years have turned out this calendar have proved their quality and established a claim on public esteem.

WILLIAM BRIGGS' BOOKS. William Briggs, Toronto, is issuing several works that will be good stock to have on the bookseller's counter, for the reason that they will find ready sale. Agnes C. Lant, of Ottawa, has written an interesting story of the Canadian Northwest, which will be ready in a few weeks. "The Life of Lives," by Dean Farrar, is a series of fur

ther studies in the "Life of Christ," which book, by the same author, has had such a phenomenally large sale. Hundreds of people will buy this new book if the booksellers only draw attention to it. The reading course for the Epworth Leagues can be profitably utilized by the live bookseller; the series comprises four volumes in a box, at $2. A new edition of Mr. Barlow Cumberland's "History of the Union Jack" will be ready in October, with new chapters added, and many new illustrations. This new edition will sell better than ever, especially in these days of patriotic fervor over British Imperialism "The Master Christian," by Marie Corelli, and "The Purple Robe," by S. K. Hocking, are selling about as fast as they can be produced between other books which are called for. The bookseller who has not got these two books on his counter is simply losing sales daily. William Briggs has also secured for early issue Mrs. Humphrey Ward's new book, " Eleanor," which is sure to have a very large sale.

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The Oxford University Press, which is exhibiting in three different groups at the Paris Exhibition, has gained the unique distinction of being awarded three Grands Prix -one for Higher Education, Bookbinding, and Oxford India Paper.

The 28th annual volume of "The Canadian Congregational Year-book for 1900'01," has just been issued by the Congregational Publishing Company, Toronto, at 25 cts. The book contains much valuable information, besides several lengthy reports of the work carried on by the various societies, unions, colleges and churches in all parts of the Dominion. It also reproduces several portraits of prominent Congregationalists, pastors and officers in Canada, England and the United States.

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The trade will do well to give Colonel Denison's new book, "Soldiering in Canada," a good display both in window and on It is a book that is going to sell steadily. The more people read it the more they are going to talk about it, and so much the more will other people want to read it. It is the liveliest and most interesting book of autobiography that has been written in recent years. It tells the story of the Canadian Militia during the past forty years with a straightforwardness and vigor that are as admirable as they are rare. Moreover, it is a repertoire of good stories and bright narratives. It is eminently a readable book from start to finish, is full of human nature and keen and incisive appreciations of men and things. That the work will be appreciated abroad may be inferred from the fact that Macmillan & Co., the

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Books that Sell

ROBERT ORANGE

By JOHN OLIVER HOBBES (Mrs.
Craigie).

"The bold experiment again succeeds."— The Globe (London).

"The brilliant, half-cynical observation of character."-Pall Mall Gazette.

"These tingling, pulsing, mocking epigrammatic morsels."-Times (London).

"Her delicate interpretation of intangible moods and dim transmissions of feeling."-The Star (Lon.). The complement of the equally remarkable book which preceded it."-The World (London).

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W. J. GAGE & CO., Limited, Publishers, TORONTO

great London publishers, have cabled for a special edition and will introduce it in England.

The article on the "Boxers" in the September "Open Court" is doubtless the most authoritative statement of the origin of the Chinese troubles that has yet been published in English. Dr. Candlin, its author, is a Christian missionary of wide Oriental experience, an authority on the Chinese language and literature, and has resided for many years in the remotest parts of the Flowery Kingdom. He has been latterly in the far north of China, which for some years past has been the seat of violent Boxer disturbances, and just managed to escape to Japan, via Tien-tsin, on the eve of the present outbreak. His article is accompanied by illustrations from native Chinese newspapers, and translations of Boxer placards.

An entirely new "two-version " edition of the Bible will be published this month by Mr. Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press. The Authorized Version has been printed with all the differences of the Revised Version placed in the side margins, so that both texts can be read from the same page, while in the centre column are the indispensable marginal references. The

Bishop of Gloucester in a preface remarks that this convenient and carefully arranged combination of the two Versions in one clearly printed single volume of very moderate size will be welcomed by all students, and especially by all teachers; and he points out that the difficulties which have hitherto prevented the use of the Revised Version to the extent that might have been expected have been successfully overcome in the new edition. When the simple plan followed by the printers has been mastered every difference between the two versions, including even punctuation, can be recognized with readiness and certitude. The "two-version" edition will be procurable with or without the Oxford Helps to the Study of the Bible.

Book Notes.

The sixth edition of William Stearns Davis's "A Friend of Cæsar" is on the press for immediate publication by he Macmillan Company. This novel has already run through its tenth thousand. Its historical accuracy may be gauged by the fact that it is being widely recommended as supplementary reading for students in Roman history; and its popularity by the news that it is being dramatized and will

probably appear on the boards in New York this winter.

Mr. F. Marion Crawford's new novel will be called "In the Palace of the King; a Love Story of Old Madrid." It is a historical romance of the time of Philip II. of Spain. The plot is laid in the Spanish court, and the period- that of the discovery of America—was perhaps the most magnificent of the prosperous days of Spain. Such a period has afforded Mr. Crawford an opportunity similar to that which was given him by the crusades in "Via Crucis," to place his story in the most romantic and brilliant surroundings. The hero of the story is the famous Don Juan of Austria, son of the Emperor Charles V., who won back Granada a second time from the Moors. The heroine is Dolores de Mendoza, a highspirited and beautiful young woman.

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