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September, 1899

It Has Often Struck You

That it pays to be business leaders. This is par-
ticularly true of the Stationery trade. The best peo-
ple buy only up-to-date goods. This is why our

Original English Wedgwood

has become so popular. It is truer to color, better in finish, and
cheaper in price than any heretofore offered to the trade.
should stock it at once. It is a business bringer.

All Other Up-to-Date Lines.

Several Special Trade Winners.


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We beg to call the attention of our friends to important publications
by the following authors:

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George N. Morang & Company, Limited

90 Wellington St. West, TORONTO.

The Canadian Bookseller



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Canadian Bookseller descriptions of how, why, when and where

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blank books are made, the pamphlet is exceedingly valuable alike to the business man and to the practical binder. A copy will be mailed to any address on application.

A great many people find it hard work to take Walt Whitman seriously. His abrupt, jerky style is too much for them. The dead poet has, however, a host of admirers, and Dr. Bucke, of London, must be gratified at the success attending his new Whitman book, "Notes and Fragments." It is attracting attention in England as well as in America.

"Printers' Ink," New York, contemplates publishing in the near future a list of names of books that have been published on advertising subjects. Every publisher who has a book on advertising or journalism on his list is invited to send in its name and price. By thus doing he will not only aid the cause of knowledge, but will secure a free advertisement for himself at the same time.

Louis Frechette, the French Canadian author, has arranged with the George N. Morang Co. for the publication of a new book. The book is to be profusely illustrated from original designs. Editions in both English and French are to be issued. A glance at the original paintings from which the illustrations for the book are to be made, show that the book will be of the highest grade artistically, while the reputation of the author is sufficient guarantee that the literary portion will be what Lloyd's would class as Al.

Mr. Robert Barr, says Wm. Alden, will have a new book to offer to the public very soon. It will be a humorous account of his travels in the East, and judging from the bits of it that I have read in serial form, it ought to be popular. He is another man who has not yet given us the best that is in him. This is because he has only recently begun to write novels, and the exceeding cleverness of these that he has written convinces his friends that his best work is yet to come. All his books are successful, and deservedly so, and there has been a steady advance in each one that he has written.

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Those bookishly inclined will have much to interest them when they visit the National Export Exposition at Philadelphia this fall. Particularly in that part of the showing relating to the printing and binding of books will there be a great amount to see. The exhibits in the mechanical part of this class will include all kinds of folders and binding machines, machinery for card and paper cutting and wire stitching. Various concerns will have exhibits of books and other printed matter. Though not directly included in this class, there is one very large line of goods to be shown, occupying a great amount of floor space in the Exhibition Hall, that will certainly not be overlooked by any of those who have even the slightest interest in the subject of the making of books; that is the printing presses, of which there will be a great variety, and machinery of all kinds relating to the typographers' art.

Ethel Lilian Voynich, whose novel, "The Gadfly," has been dramatized, is the daughter of the late George Boole, Professor of Mathematics in Queen's College, Cork, and author of the well-known "Laws of Thought." She was born some thirty-five years ago in Ireland, and was educated in London. Her husband is a native of Lithuania, in Russian Poland. In 1887 he was sent to Siberia for political reasons. He escaped in 1890, and went to London, where he met Miss Boole. Before her mar

riage Miss Boole spent several years on the Continent, three of them devoted to music in the the Hofschule at Berlin. Since her marriage with Mr. Voynich her home has been principally in London, where Mr. Voynich is occupied as an expert in fifteenth century books. "The Gadfly," which is her first published book, is now in its nineteenth edition. The author has in preparation a new novel of contemporary Polish life.


In the case of that brilliant sea story, "The Cruise of the Cachalot," by F. T. Bullen, the public are getting the benefit of a row between rival publishers. D. Appleton & Co. published the book at $1.50, and it at once became a success. Just at that

time H. B. Claflin Company, the big New York jobbers, discovered that Appletons were only Mr. Bullen's authorized publishers, and did not hold the copyright. A scrupulously honorable man would have respected the author's authorization, but in the mad whirl of modern business to-day there is not a remarkably high grade of honor floating round. Thus it came to pass that the Claflin Company, seeing a chance to make a few dollars, issued a large edition in paper at 50 cents. The Appletons were not to be beaten, however, and they went the Claflins one better, as poker players would say, by issuing a still larger edition in paper at 25 cents. Wm. Briggs, Toronto, has the authorized Appleton 25 cent edition, and as a matter of course it is a lively seller.


The dramatizing of novels is proving a good thing all round. When a version of a popular novel is the attraction at the local theatre, the local bookseller finds a decided demand for the novel. The following are a few recent novels which have been dramatized, and will probably be seen on the stage the coming season. The publisher and price of each novel is appended for the convenience of the trade :

"When Knighthood was in Flower," by Charles Major. Published by Geo. J. McLeod, Toronto, 75c. paper; $1.25 cloth.

"Children of the Ghetto," by I. Zangwill. In Heinemann's Colonial Library, $1; also published by Macmillan Co., New York, $1.50.

"Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush," by Ian Maclaren. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, at 6s. ($2); and by Dodd, Mead Co., New York, at $1.25.

"The Gadfly," by E. L. Voynich. In Heinemann's Colonial Library, $1.; also published by H. Holt & Co., New York, $1.25.

"Sherlock Holmes," by Conan Doyle. In 2 vols. "The Adventures" and "The Memoirs," published by George Newnes, London, at 3s.6d. each ($1.25); and by Harper & Brothers, New York, at $1.50 each.

"Ben Hur," by Gen. Lew Wallace. Published by G. M. Rose & Sons, Toronto, paper 25c.; cloth 75c.


'Sappho," by A. Daudet. Published by Little, Brown & Co., Boston, at $1.50.

"Vanity Fair," by W. M. Thackeray. Published by Smith, Elder, at 3s.6d. ($1.25); by Warne & Co. at 6d. (20c.); and by Crowell, Boston, in 2 vols., at $1.50 each.

"A Tale of Two Cities," by C. Dickens. Published by Chapman & Hall at 6s. ($2), and 2s. 6d. (75c), and by Dodd, Mead & Co., in 2 vols., for $3.50.

New Books.

A. W. Marchmont has followed up his "Dash for a Throne," with another story entitled "The Greatest Gift," the Canadian market for which is in the hands of William Briggs.

One of the most promising among the books to be issued this fall is Booth Tarkington's "The Gentleman from Indiana," now running as a serial in "McClure's Magazine." William Briggs will issue the Canadian edition.

The Canadian edition of Edwin Markham's "The Man with the Hoe and Other Poems," published by William Briggs, is a volume of 134 pages in neat green cloth covers, and sells at one dollar. Markham is regarded as the first among the living American poets.

Among the notable books of the autumn will be a new story by Blanche Willis Howard, entitled "Dionysius," which will shortly be published in Canada by William. Briggs. The author of "One Summer" will never want for readers. If "Dionysius" has half the charm of that story the book will be a success.

William Briggs has secured for Canada a new book by a new writer. The book is "In Chimney Corners;" the writer is Sumas McManus. For the book we advise readers, in Captain Cuttle's phraseology, "when found make a note on it." A series of fine colored illustrations is a pleasing feature in the volume.


Stephen Crane's new story," Active Service," will be ready in a few days. William Briggs has the Canadian edition. The title may suggest to readers made morbid by the excess of literature on our recent war with Spain,' that Mr. Crane has laid the scene of his story in Cuba or the Philippines. This is not the case. The tale is of the Greek wars, and a good one it is.

The quaint "Brer Rabbit" stories of Joel Chandler Harris ("Uncle Remus") form a unique feature in the literature of the South. Mr. Harris has accumulated a wonderful stock of the folklore of the Southern negroes, and he knows well how to serve it up to entertain his readers. William Briggs will this month publish a

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S. R. Crockett, like any other author who essays to write too many stories, is not always at his best. Some of his recent books have been scarcely worthy of the hand that penned "The Raiders," but from all we hear he has in his latest effort, "Kit Kennedy, Country Boy," reached high water mark again, and produced a book that will be widely popular. It is announced as Mr. Crockett's "David Copperfield," and will probably be his own favorite story. Following the excellent example the early bird," William Briggs bargained for the Canadian market last year, and now has the satisfaction of numbering the story among the many popular books in his autumn list. He reports heavy advance orders.

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Few writers, even in this age of sensational books, have achieved as wide popularity as Frank T. Bullen, author of "The Cruise of the Cachalot." Few writers, we can further say, possess greater power of terse, vivid description, or can write smoother, easier narrative, gripping the reader's atten tion and holding it fast, than this man who has run the gamut of sailor life from cabinboy to first-mate, and who can draw such a picture of life on the rolling wave as would startle the Ancient Mariner himself. It is remarkable that one with so limited opportunities for literary culture should enjoy the command of a crisp, nervous English style equalled by few writers of the day. Mr. Bullen has written another book that should run his first a close race for popularity. He has entitled it "The Log of a Sea Waif," a Canadian edition of which will be issued this month by William Briggs. We notice that Mr. Bullen has been engaged by the London "Morning Leader" to report the Autumn manoeuvres of the Channel fleet. The paper is considered fortunate to have secured him.

One of the most remarkable books of the year enjoys the odd title of "No. 5, John Street." The author, whose portrait we give herewith, is Richard Whiteing. Justin McCarthy, M.P., in a letter to the "N. Y. Independent," calls it "a remarkable book by

RICHARD WHITEING, Author of "No. 5, John Street."

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a remarkable man,' and adds, "I always felt certain that Whiteing would sooner or later become a popular success." The story is one of the contrast between the poor and the rich. Its scene is laid in the great metropolis of London. It depicts with terrible vividness, but with faithful fidelity, the lives of the "submerged tenth." It is a picture to make one almost despair. It suggests no remedy, but in thus exposing the dreadful conditions that obtain in these purlieus of poverty, the author does good work. Mr. Whiteing writes: "I was born in London, and apart from my civic loyalty to it, the city has always had an extraordinary fascination for me as the greatest agglomeration of human beings on the face of the earth, and as a sort of microcosm of the whole social problem. I was always haunted by my first prepossessions as to the contrasts, always running away from one end of town to the other, not slumming, but simply to see and know." The book at once struck a popular sale, and has rapidly run through successive editions. A Canadian edition has just been published in paper and cloth by William Briggs, who may be congratulated on securing one of the best books of the year.

THE MAN WITH THE HOE. A few months ago Edwin Markham wrote a poem, "The Man With The Hoe," which at once sprang into great favor and was quoted far and wide. William Briggs,

Toronto, has issued the poem with other poems by Markham in a neat volume which is having a steady sale. But there is always someone who is ready to rob the successful man of his popularity, and so one is hardly surprised to hear that Markham's poem is founded on another poem of the same name which was first published in 1893. But even if this is so, who cares? Markham's poem has proved a success, while the original poem evidently fell a flat failure. People are enjoying Markham's poem and it is being more widely read than any single poem since Kipling's "Recessional," and it is worth all the praise it is receiving.


Cryptography, or the art of transmitting secret information by means of writing, wi known to the ancients, but in a very cr form. The most perfect system invoivai much trouble on the part of both the sender and receiver of the message and even the chiffre quarre, used in the British diplomatic service, while absolutely indecipherable by a third party not having the key word, is too slow for practicable every-day use. Since the introduction of telegraphy many attempts have been made to formulate a cryptographic code, easy of transmission and translation, with a minimum liability to errors. Most of the codes heretofore placed upon the market were too complicated in their methods and too limited in their vocabulary. After years of labour the Western Union Telegraphic Code was compiled, and Messrs. G. M. Rose & Sons Com pany, Limited, have purchased the right to publish a Canadian Edition, and agents are now out in all parts of the Dominion canvassing for subscribers. It will be called the "Canadian Business Firms' Telegraphic Code," and is the most comprehensive ever placed on the market, with its 150,000 words, covering nearly every subject. It has many new features, such as the serial numbers by which the user of the Code can express from 1 to 100,000,000 with marvellous simplicity and quickness. The Calendar answers to letters and telegrams, inquiries, demands for information appertaining to shipping, mining and brokerage, are very full, the questions and answers covering pages. Banks, insurance companies, merchants, manufacturers, lawyers and brokers will find a much fuller code than has been heretofore published. The American and foreign codes are already in their third edition and the largest list of subscribers obtained by any code has been given to the Western Union. A new department has been made in this work. In every town and city of the United States and Canada of 2,000 or more inhabitants, the Code will

be on file, so that a subscriber wiring to a customer who is not a subscriber is confronted with no difficulty. All he has to do is to borrow a Code and owing to its simplicity the message can be translated by a child without making a mistake. The Code is on file in every business centre of Europe, also in clubs, hotels, ocean and coasting steamers, and by January 1st 30,000 copies will be in use on this continent alone. It has been already adopted by the Dominion Government for use in the various departments and many banks, insurance companies, merchants, manufacturers, lawyers and brokers in Canada are subscribers and advertisers. The work is being pushed in Great Britain, on the continent of Europe, in China, Japan and Australia, and a large number of subscribers have been already obtained. The price is very moderate and well within the reach of the smallest senders and receivers of cable telegraph messages.


G. & C. Merriam Co., Springfield, Mass., publish "Webster's Collegiate Dictionary," a Dictionary of the English Language, giving the derivations, pronunciations, definitions and synonyms of a large vocabulary of the words occurring in literature, art, science, and the common speech, with an appendix containing a copious Scotch glossary, a pronouncing vocabulary of proper names, and various other useful tables, mainly abridged from "Webster's International Dictionary." Over 1100 illustrations. 8vo., sheep, cloth, and morocco, 1116 pp. Prices, with complete reference

index cloth $3, sheep $4, half-morocco $5. This latest edition of "Webster's Dictionary" adequately supplies the need for an abridged dictionary which shall be full, accurate and authoritative, well adapted to the requirements of the scholar, yet practical enough for the business man and the journalist. It is a handsome, well-bound volume of 1116 pages, 948 of which are devoted to the vocabulary proper, and its size, convenient for easy reference, combined with its fulness and reliability, make it a most useful and desirable dictionary for the busy man and the student. While the "Collegiate Dictionary" is a new work throughout, and has been several years in preparation, it is in the main abridged from "Webster's International Dictionary," and retains the essential features of that great work, with all its accuracy, scholarship, clearness, and excellence of arrangement. In its vocabulary the "Collegiate" is exceptionally complete, more so than any other dictionary of its class. The definitions are complete, concise, lucid and exact, and are arranged in the historical order in which the word received its shades of meaning. The advantages of this method of ar

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