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The Canadian Bookseller





Charles M. Sheldon, the author of "In

Canadian Bookseller His Steps," and other "goody" books of

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Our friends across the border are in a hurry to find if they have any immortals amongst their writers. Literature" says that the responses to its suggestions that ten charter members of a proposed Academy of American Immortals should be selected by ballot have been gratifyingly numerous. But the editor of "Literature" should be careful. The erudite editor of Toronto "Saturday Night" sneers and scoffs at a proposed Canadian Society of Authors. Will he not then rip and roar and tear, and fill with fearful oaths the air, at a proposed Academy of American Immortals? Immortals! As the shades of Longfellow and Bryant would say, Why was not this thought of in our day?

a decidedly utopian description, must be one of the happiest men living to-dayhappy, because of the prospective wealth that must soon flow into his pockets. His books have had a remarkable run in the United States, where they were first published. A Canadian publisher is paying Mr. Sheldon a royalty for publishing some of them in Canada, although under no legal obligation to do so. Now we hear that no less than twenty British publishers have announced rival editions in the United Kingdom. As no British publisher will, of course, be guilty of piracy, fancy the handsome royalties Mr. Sheldon will receive. Why, it will be a veritable Klondyke for him; always providing the British publisher pays the royalty.

Sir Walter Besant, like the editor of Toronto "Saturday Night," has a horror of pub. lishers, and considers them the natural enemy of authors. Among the important features announced for early publication in "Literature" are two articles by the valiant Sir Walter, in which he earnestly defends his position that publishers, as a rule, rob their authors. Turn about is only fair play. As Shakespeare would say, look on Sir Walter's picture and then on this, and see if you can't convince yourself that the publisher is the friend of the author, not his enemy.


"Academy " of London says that Lieut.

Hobson received £1,200 for his article on the sinking of the Merrimac published in "The Century Magazine." The "Academy' adds some other interesting data. To Kitchener was offered £5,000 for any sort of a book he might get up on his campaign, but he replied: "No, thank you, I shall remain a soldier." To Admiral Dewey was offered £1,000 for a magazine article on the Philippines. He replied: "Thanks, but I'm too busy."

It is an old saying with our friends across the border that "Uncle Sam "thinks

he owns the whole earth. But he does not. He simply rules over the United States of America and one or two other small quarters of the globe which have recently come into his possession. The United States is not America. The publishers of "The Publishers' Weekly," of New York, issue a yearly

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volume of the publications of the publishers of the United States. Yet it is labelled "The Annual American Catalogue." It is a very complete list of books published in the United States. But that is all it is.

Why, then, call it the "American" catalogue? There is no necessity for such a misnomer. If it were a complete list of books published in America during the year there would be some reason for calling it the American Catalogue. But there is no attempt made to include the books published in Canada during the year; and it so happens that Canada fills the largest half of the North American continent. Again, the table of contents of the volume gives what it called a 66 Directory of American publishers issuing books in 1898." But, as a matter of fact, the list is nothing but a directory of United States publishers issuing books in 1898. As an annual catalogue of books issued by United States publishers the list is most complete and a credit to the publishers. But most emphatically it is not a complete list of books issued by American publishers in 1898. The United States is not America; and it would be well to drop the word America when only the United States of America is alluded to.


The following entries, copied from a recent list of Macmillan's Colonial Library, are worthy of attention :

No. 354. Rudyard Kipling's "The Day's Work."

No. 356. "The Castle Inn," by Stanley J. Weyman. [NOT SUPPLIED TO CANADA.]

Mr. Morang, the Toronto publisher, bought the Canadian rights of Kipling's "The Day's Work." He printed and bound the work in Canada, using Canadian-made paper, and giving work to Canadian pressmen and bookbinders. In the face of this, he finds his market invaded by this Colonial Edition. Surely this is poor encouragement to other Canadian publishers to purchase Canadian rights.

"The Castle Inn," it will be noted, is not supplied to Canada. But do not think this is because a Canadian publisher has printed the book in Canada. Not at all. It is true an edition has been issued with a Canadian

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This means, then, that the Colonial Edition of this book, which we are told is issued "for circulation only in India and the Colonies," is not supplied to one British colony; but that the residents of that colony are forced to purchase copies of the book printed in a foreign country.

There does not seem to be much of the Imperial Federation idea in such a condition of affairs as this. How can Canadian publishing interests flourish in the face of such conditions as these?

Surely the time is more than ripe for the enactment of a new Canadian Copyright Act.


Much regret is felt among the booksellers and publishers of Canada over the death of Marmaduke T. Hemsworth, who died at his late residence, Summerhill Ave., Toronto, on 17th February, in the 72nd year of his age. The deceased for many years conducted a bookstore and lending library in Brantford, Ont.

About ten years ago he removed to Toronto where he became well known among the wholesale booksellers and stationers through his connection with The Toronto News Co., John P. McKenna, and latterly with Winnifrith Bros., Toronto St.

The deceased was highly esteemed and respected by all who came in contact with him for his sterling qualities and genial and obliging disposition. The remains were interred on Feb. 20th, in the family plot at Brantford. He leaves a widow and two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss.

New Books.

George Augustus Sala's last novel "Margaret Forster" has been published by T. Fisher Unwin, London, at 2s. 6d.

Hon. S. J. Barrows, lately appointed Librarian of Congress, is the author of a scholarly book of travel, "The Isles and Shrines of Greece." The book, of which Little, Brown & Co., Boston, are the publishers, was issued last year.

Ward, Lock & Co., London, have issued "With Nansen in the North," by Lieut. Hjalmar Johansen. 350 pages, large crown 8vo, cloth gilt, 6s. Illustrated by nearly seventy splendid photographs, etc. The Colonial Edition of this important work will not be issued for twelve months.

The Open Court Publishing Company, 324 Dearborn Street, Chicago, has published

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T. Fisher Unwin, London, has published a medical novel entitled "Harry Ingleby, Surgeon," by Frederic J. Webb, himself a medical man. It contains the life-history of a young doctor, deals largely with the hospital and the consulting-room, takes up East End London practice, but does not contain hypnotism or a poisoning mystery; for which let all who are afraid of quack plots, as well as quack doctors, be duly thankful.

Ward, Lock & Co., London, have published "Pharos," by Guy Boothby, author of "Dr. Nikola," etc. In three styles : Cloth gilt, 3s. 6d. ; or Colonial Library, cloth, 3s. 6d.; wrapper, 2s. 6d. This is one of the most important novels that will be published this spring. "Pharos" is a "mystery" story, somewhat in the vein of "Dr. Nikola," the style of story in which Mr. Boothby always excels himself. Those few who have had the opportunity of reading the book before its publication pronounce it to be the best its author has yet written.

"The Winged Lion : A Tale of Venice," by Lina Bartlett Ditson, is a story of stirring romance at the time of the greatest power of the marvellous City of Dreams. Besides perfecting in this work her usual historical accuracy, Miss Ditson has chosen a period of enthralling interest, and events of intense dramatic situation. The stalwart figure of the Venetian Prince Barnado, and his beautiful Lady Marcia, pass from the recital of their touching story into the lives of the readers and become their

friends. The book is a labor of love, as it not only instructs in this wonderful Venetian time of the First Wedding of the Adriatic, but it gives delight to the reader by its vivid reality and grace of character and picturing. F. Tennyson Neely, publisher, New York.

"Fighting for Humanity; or, Camp and Quarter Deck," by General O. O. Howard, the American Havelock, who, a delegate of the Christian commission to the encampments, hospitals and ships, visiting soldiers and seamen, has put his observations and sketches into book form under the title of

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Fighting for Humanity; or, Camp and Quarter Deck." His reviewer says: "The book could not be better." The work affords graphic pen pictures of the pavilions, the tabernacles, the hospital tents with camp life, the saloons and their antidotes, of men-of-war and transport ships, of Clara Barton and her work, of the Cubans, and the closing chapter contains an estimate of General Shafter and some interesting items touching his campaign and battle. F. Tennyson Neely, publisher, New York.

The Copp, Clark Co., Toronto, announce for immediate issue the most important Canadian historical novel that has been published since "The Seats of the Mighty." This is "The Span o' Life," by William McLennan, of Montreal, and Jean N. McIlwraith, of Hamilton. This fascinating novel has been running serially in "Harper's Magazine," which alone is proof of its merit. The hero, Hugh Maxwell, is a Jacobite refugee, who escapes to France, enlists for the French service in Canada, and is present in Louisbourg during the siege, but upon its capitulation escapes to Quebec and is present at the battle on the Plains of The Abraham, and the fall of Quebec. heroine is a young Jacobite lady, who is in love with Maxwell and follows him to Canada, where she is befriended by Père Jean and General Montcalm. She, too, unknown to Maxwell, is present at the fall of Quebec. Both the hero and the heroine have many exciting adventures, and the book is full of strong situations. The plot is most unusual and original, and it would be impossible to give any adequate idea of it in a few lines. It is undoubtedly the strongest book that will be issued this spring, and should command an unusually large sale, even apart from the fact that the scene is laid in Canada during the larger part of the story. It is a strong addition to the list of Canadian fiction. Illustrated. Price, retail, paper, 75 cents; cloth, $1.50.

"The Adventures of Cyrano de Bergerac," by Louis Gallet; translated by Hettie E. Miller. The Musson Book Co., Toronto, Canada; paper, 75 cents. This novel and

the play of the same name, by Edmond Rostand, scarcely touch one another at all, except for the fact that the same historical character, Cyrano de Bergerac, a Gascon poet and soldier, extremely touchy on the subject of his large nose, is in both the central figure. The lines of action, the incidents of the story and the drama have nothing in common. In both cases Cyrano absorbs the reader's attention, and, except in some small details, his character is the same. The novel has an alternative title, Captain Satan, a name given by some to Cyrano on account of some of his philosophical and astronomical ideas which were not quite orthodox at the time. The story centres round the determination of Cyrano to carry out the dying wish of a friend, which is to find and place in his rightful position this friend's son, who had been carried off by gipsies in childhood. He discovers him under the garb of a strolling Bohemian minstrel. His name is Manuel, and he has fallen in love with a girl who is betrothed to the Count de Lambra, Manuel's brother. The Count is determined to prevent Manuel establishing his claims, and, being unscrupulous as to means, finds assistance of his own secretary, Rinaldo, a daring and most ingenious scoundrel, a gipsy who sticks at nothing and who has been a companion of Manuel for years, and also the sister of this gipsy, who has an unreciprocated affection for Manuel. pines because she knows that if Manuel were to enter the ranks of the nobility he would be lost to her, but presently she is unable to be in the forces against him any longer. The struggle of Cyrano for Manuel's rights against this band is like a duel; thrust and parry and counter follow each other in rapid succession. There is not a dull page in the book, and the reader's at tention is not likely to flag. There are some very striking and dramatic scenes scattered through the story, pictures which linger in the memory, so real do they be



The character drawing, moreover, is of quite a high order; Castillan, for instance, the young and active secretary of Cyrano, being distinctly a clever piece of work. Here and there the style is a trifle foreign, but on the whole the translator has made it an English book. The publisher has left nothing to be desired as regards appearance and binding, and we should think that the story is certain of a widespread popularity.

A fact not generally known is that Sir Edward W. Hamilton, the author of the monograph on Mr. Gladstone, just published, was the great Englishman's private secretary for a number of years, and thus had exceptional opportunities for studying Mr. Gladstone's personality and for observing his methods of work.

Book Motes.

Rider Haggard's new novel, “Swallow,” is issued in Longman's Colonial Library.

Prescott's "The Rip's Redemption " is a rattling good story of soldier life. It is issued inthe Colonial Library.

Kipling's "A Fleet in Being," notes of two trips with the Channel Squadron, can be had from William Briggs, Toronto, at 40c. in paper, 60c. in cloth.

"Aneroestes the Gaul," by Edgar Maurice Smith, of Montreal is published by T. Fisher Unwin, of London; and F. E. Grafton & Sons, Montreal, have taken an edition for Canada, the price being $1.25. The book, if it sells largely, will sell because of its merits. One librarian ordered of three wholesale houses before he got a copy; the first two had no word as to who was the publisher.

"Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada for the Year 1898: Edited by Professor George M. Wrong and H. H. Langton," is the title of a valuable volume just issued by the Librarian of the University Library, Toronto. The volume will be of inestimable value to students and all interested in Canadian affairs. The criticisms generally are fair, frank and impartial. The ungrammatical construction of an occasional sentence in some book is pointed out; and where proof-reading has not been carefully done, the fact is noted. The editors should not, however, be too critical. What book was ever produced free from typographical errors? In a hasty glance through their own book we notice more than one such error. However, the volume is a very scholarly production, and a model of typographical excellence. It is a royal octavo volume of 226 pages, and is published at $1 in paper, $1.50 in cloth binding.


In the attractive little volume of verse just issued under the above title, Paul Lawrence Dunbar has added another claim for recognition by an increasing circle of readers. There are several little poems in this collection, which for poetic sentiment and finished form are better than anything the author has already done, and which will serve further to augment his growing fame.



Morang & Company have secured for No. 5 of their popular Florin Series "Adventures of Captain Kettle," by Cutcliffe Hyne. This is a highly entertaining book, the hero

being a sea-captain who gets through some of the tighest places that were ever described in story. At sea he is a perfect daredevil, and by sheer pluck controls the most desperate situations. When at home by the Tyneside he was poetically mild, a man devoted to his wife and family, who spent his spare time in writing sonnets. It was for the sake of his home that he made these daring ventures in all sorts of seas. There is much humor in these stories and some passages of description that are really exceedingly clever. The book should have a large and ready sale.


S. R. Crockett's new book "The Black

Douglas," a forthcoming Canadian copyright edition of which is announced by Messrs. George N. Morang & Company, is a story which is sure to have a good sale in this country where Mr. Crockett's popularity is assured. Besides, from a perusal of advance sheets, we are able to say that in this volume the author has made a great stride forward. The scene is laid in medieval times, and incidents and lively situations follow one another thick and fast. Opening in the neighborhood of one of the ancient strongholds of Scotland the scene moves ultimately to the continent, where we are introduced to one of the most pernicious villians of history. The ultimate following up to his den of this wild beast of treachery and blood form one of the most exciting parts of a very interesting book.

In size and put-up it is one that will suit the bookseller and the public for whom the

bookseller caters.


A melancholy interest attaches to "A Critical Study of In Memoriam," the work written by the late Rev. John M. King., D.D., and published by Morang & Company just before Christmas. This was a volume to which the late lamented and venerable author gave very earnest attention. He had studied Tennyson's great poem for a long period and had read very voluminously upon it, passing in review all that other writers had said on the subject. The result was that a course of lectures on "In Memoriam listened to with the greatest interest by conwas prepared by him, which were tinuously good audiences, and ultimately he was asked to publish them in book form. Carefully edited, as they subsequenty were, they bear no marks of the lecture platform. The book is a careful analysis of one of the world's greatest poems, valuable not only as a literary text-book but as an explainer of most of the difficult passages. It will be treasured by many as a memorial of its author.


Morang & Company have an attractive square-shaped 16mo. book on their list which should attract the attention of the trade as it is likely to have as good a sale, proportionally, in Canada, as it is already having in the United States. It is entitled “Bible Stories,” (Old Testament) and is one of a series entitled "The Modern Reader's Bible." The basic idea of the book is the telling of the classic old stories of the Bible in a form likely to win and retain the attention of the juvenile reader. For although the Bible may be known to many people by quotations and selected passages, the reading of it consecutively and thoroughly is much more rarely undertaken. No one will deny the importance of the rising generation being acquainted with the Bible, even if the Scriptures be considered in their literary aspect only. In "Bible Stories" the arrangement is such as to invite continuous reading. No arbitrary divisions check the reader, while at the same the narratives are given in the words of Scripture.


A most appreciative notice of Mrs. S. Frances Harrison's novel "The Forest of Bourg-Marie" appears in the last issue of "The Nation," and the talented authoress has every reason to be highly satisfied with the tone of the other numerous reviews that have appeared of her work. "The Forest of Bourg-Marie" has strength and vigor in it It draws real characters, and as one reads one is anxious to know how their future turns out The descriptions are convincing and surround the story with an atmosphere of the forest, the truthfulness of which will be recognized by all who are acquainted with the locality in which the habitant dwells. The strongest feature of the story probably is the artistic and capable way in which the deterioration of one of the characters through a prolonged sojourn amid the worst characteristics of an American city is shown. This Magloire may be called the villain of the piece. Tiring of the monotony of a country life in the Province of Quebec, he goes to Milwaukee, and comes back after a few years, having lost his religion and imbibed the most pronounced evils of a blatant democracy. As to what this leads to, the reader must satisfy himself by a perusal.


In "A Sister to Evangeline," by Charles G. D. Roberts, readers will not be slow to recognize an addition of value to literature by Canadian authors. In this volume the author has fulfilled the promise that was discernible in "The Forge in the Forest."

As the title indicates, the scene of the story is laid in Grand Pré at the historic period when the British authorities found it necessary to deport the French families that refused to take the oath of allegiance. There is nothing about Longfellow's heroine in the story, nor is it a tale with a sad ending like Evangeline's, though it comes close to being so. As the titlepage says, it is the story of Yvonne de Lamourie and how she went into exile with the villagers of Grand Pré. Events follow thick and fast, and the action and interest of the story never pause or slacken for a moment until the end. It is an almost perfect piece of romantic literary art, unhalting in its movement, healthful yet tender in its sentiment, full of color and red-blooded life, and closing with a climax as strong as it is pleasing. The book, a special edition of which is published by George N. Morang & Company, is most attractively gotten up, and every Canadian lover of books should have it in his library.

Trade Motes.

The superintendent of the box department of The Barber & Ellis Co., Limited, recently visited New York and other eastern cities in search of new and novel ideas for papeteries, with the pleasurable result that this company's line of gift-goods for the coming season contains more original features of real merit, and far surpasses anything of the kind hitherto produced. These papeteries are quite as stylish as imported goods and much lower in price; therefore, we predict they will be eagerly stocked by stationers.

Mr. W. J. Kelly, representing McLoughlin Bros., of New York, will make his usual spring trip through Canada, commencing in March. This well-known house will show this year the largest assortment of paper, linen and board books, colored and plain, for children, blocks, games, etc., ever shown by any house in this market. The line this year is of unusually fine merit, containing many new books and designs. We would advise the trade generally not to place any orders before seeing McLoughlin Bros.' samples.

Mr. Kelly, who has been connected with the book and publishing business for a number of years, is well known to the Canadian trade. He is one of those jolly, genial boys who are always welcome. We bespeak for him a hearty reception and better orders than heretofore.

A memorial of the late John M. Forbes, of Boston, has been undertaken by his daughter, Mrs. Sarah Forbes Hughes, who desires the loan of any of his letters which may assist her in editing his voluminous reminiscences. Mrs. Hughes' address is Milton, Mass.

Among the Magazines.

The April number of THE CANADIAN MAGAZINE will be an Easter Number, with


a few special features. While not an extraordinary issue, it will be one worthy of special attention, and one which may be sent abroad as a fair example of Canada's literature and art. Among the special features will be: "A Special Cover," in three colors; Illustrated Poem," by Theodore Roberts, entitled "An Old Cavalier." The artist is Mr. J. S. Gordon, a Canadian, who has had much experience in this class of work in London and Paris; "Easter Sunday in a Canadian Town" is the subject of the special frontispiece. It has been drawn by Eleanor Douglas, a Canadian artist, for this issue, and it is decidedly appropriate for the Easter Number of a Canadian magazine; "Some Actors and Actresses," contributed by the bright Canadian actor and writer, Mr. W. J. Thorold. This article will be profusely illustrated with interesting photographs; "Major Rogers" was perhaps the most notable of the Governors of Michilimackinac. Judge Ermatinger will give a new history of him in the second article on that historic post, with much new light and many new facts. This will be a valuable contribution to Canadian history "A New Link of Empire" will be the title of an article on Jamaica and her claim on Canadian friendship. The writer is William Thorp, a gentleman who lives in Kingston, Jamaica, and is thoroughly conversant with the official view of the proposed annexation. Per copy, 25 cents. Published at 63 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Julian Ralph is a fine example of the typical correspondent who knows just the things that will interest his readers. He has never

given a better illustration of his power as a

writer than in his article in the March number of "Harper's Magazine." He seems to have an especial faculty for happening upon new and interesting incidents. "English Characteristics," the article in queston, is full of these and gives a very clear conception of the Englishman of to-day. In this article Mr. Ralph sees English life from his own bright original point of view, and his observations are well worth reading.

The current number of the "Forum" completes the twenty-sixth volume; and it may with propriety be said that the magazine, with increasing years, shows no sign of decadence, but on the contrary, preserves its virility unimpaired. In the February issue there are two articles of especial importance at the present time. One is by Commander R. B. Bradford on "Coaling Stations for the Navy." This officer, as is well known, has seen much active service, and in bringing the necessity of coaling-stations before the public his


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ST. ELMO. by Augusta J. Evans Wilson.

AT THE MERCY OF TIBERIUS, by Augusta J. Evans Wilson. ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, by Mark Twain.

A TRAMP ABROAD, by Mark Twain.

ROUGHING IT, by Mark Twain.

BEN HUR, by Lew Wallace.

THE FAIR GOD. by Lew Wallace.

MISTRESS BRANICAN, by Jules Verne. Illustrated.

NURSE ELISIA. A Novel, by G. Manville Feun, Illustrated. I FORBID THE BANNS. The Story of a Comedy which was played seriously. By Frank Frankfort Moore. Illustrated. THE DUGDALE MILLIONS. A Novel, by W. C. Hudson. Illustrated.

THE SNARE OF THE FOWLER, by Mrs. Alexander. Illustrated. ENGLISH PHARISEES, FRENCH CROCODILES AND OTHER ANGLOFRENCH TYPICAL CHARACTERS, by Max O'Rell. Illustrated. THE FATE OF FENELLA. A Novel, by Justice McCarthy, M.P., and Mrs H. Lovett Cameron.




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