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8. The Cardinal's Snuff-Box.

9. Eben Holden.

10. Vengeance is Mine.


1. Bab the Impossible.
2. Visits of Elizabeth.
3. House of Egremont.
4. Cardinal's Snuff-Box.
5. Palace of the King.

1. Eben Holden.
2. Master Christian.
3. In the Palace of the King.
4. Lords of the North.
5. Eleanor.

6. Alice of Old Vincennes.

7. Cardinal's Rose.

8. Mantle of Elijah.

9. Visits of Elizabeth. 10. The Octopus.


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A first edition of John Milton's "Paradise Lost," London, 1667, brought $830 at yesterday's auction sale by Bangs & Co., No. 93 Fifth avenue, of the books and letters collected by William Harris Arnold. It is the highest price ever fetched by an early Milton edition.

"The Poems of John Keats, Edited by F. S. Ellis," Kelmscott print, went to George H. Richmond for $155. Scribners secured "The Poetical Work of Percy Bysshe Shelley," and "The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer," both Kelmscott print, for, respective

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ly, $172.50 and $500. They also secured for $625 the trial page for the projected edition of "The Tragedies, Histories and Comedies of William Shakespeare," a unique, experimental proof and the only known specimen in existence of the projected Kelmscott Shakespeare. It is printed on one side only of a small sheet of hand-made paper, golden type, double columns in black and red.

Scribners also secured for $300 a beautiful specimen of Roger Payne's binding. "Schemata Caelestina," 1797, with an original dated bill in Payne's autograph. A first edition of "Andonais," by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Pisa, with the types of Didot, 1821, went to Dodd, Mead & Co., for $510, who also obtained a first edition of Alfred Tennyson's The Falcon," London, 1879, for $410, and "The Promise of May," by the same author, London, 1882, for $430.

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Mr. Justin McCarthy, in a recent article, gives some interesting facts about the curious history of Miss Julia M. Crottie's newly-published book, "The Lost Land." "The book," he says, "when written, was shown to a lady friend of Miss Crottie, who took it away with her to read, and without the consent of the authoress sent it for inspection to a London publisher. The publisher lost the manuscript, and no trace of it could be discovered, so Miss Crotie went to work again and rewrote the whole book. The new manuscript was then sent to the editor of a London magazine, and the second manuscript was also lost, and has never been recovered. Miss Crottie must, on the second failure, have felt for a time something very like despair. She bore up, however, went to work again, and wrote out her book for the third time." From the May Literary Era,

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Into the story, "A Journey to Nature," J. P. Mowbray has gathered the delightful series of papers originally contributed by him to the New York "Post," over the initials T. P. M., which at the time aroused much curiosity as to the identity of the author. The story is, what few of the popular novels of the day are, a specimen of high-class literary work. It is, indeed, a charming volume, giving the story of a Wall Street broker, who, threatened by a breakdown in health, buries himself in the country to let rest and sleep and sunshine and fresh air restore his shaken nerves. The book has William Briggs' imprint.

A new nature book in Doubleday & Page's splendid series is Miss Nina L. Marshall's "The Mushroom Book," illustrated like the others in the natural colors. William Briggs has the Canadian market.

"Up from Slavery," the autobiography of Rev, Booker T. Washington, D.D., founder of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, is one of the most remarkable books published this year. The life of this distinguished man, whose birth was amid the poverty and ignorance of slavery, and who now is one of the greatest orators of his country, and perhaps the greatest personality the Negro race has yet produced, reads like romance. It is a wonderful life-story, an inspiring book. William Briggs is to be congratulated on having it in his excellent Spring List.

To his fine list of nature books, William Briggs has added "Bird Life," a guide to the study of our common birds, by Frank M. Chapman. The book is embellished by no less than 75 full-page colored plates after drawings by Ernest Seton-Thompson.

A work of the greatest value to botanical students, and useful and interesting to all lovers of nature, is now in course of issue by William Briggs. It is entitled "Sylvan Ontario: A Guide to Our Native Trees and Shrubs." The author, Dr. W. H. Muldrew, of Gravenhurst, has for many years made a close study of the subject, and is well-known to the educational and botanical world. Dr. Muldrew uses the leaves as the bases for identification, and makes this easier still by an excellent series of leaf-drawings. He presents his subject in simple and popular style, yet thoroughly scientific in method and accuracy. A paragraph sums up for each series its most interesting features, habits,

uses, etc., and a wonderful amount of information is compressed into small compass.

Sir Oliver Mowat, our present popular Lieutenant-Governor, and truly Ontario's "Grand Old Man," has prepared for the press a second edition of his work on "Christianity and Some of It's Evidences," which was first published in 1890. The original work has been considerably revised, and to it the distinguished author has added condensed extracts from a subsequent lecture along the same line of thought. The new edition is now being published by William Briggs, and will be ready early in June.

A volume of great interest and value to Canadian readers is announced for issue this month by William Briggs. It is a book of Canadian Essays, Historical and Critical, by Dr. Thomas O'Hagan, whose patriotic services to Canadian literature deserve generous appreciation. The essays will embrace such subjects as "The Story of the Jesuit Martyrdom at Penetanguishene," "The True Story of the Arcadian Deportation,' "French Canadian Life and Literature," ," "Canadian Poets and Poetry," and "Canadian Women Writers." There will be in all more than 200 pages in the book, which will be tastefully bound in cloth, with gilt top, and sell for a dollar.

A new work by the late Grant Allen, a posthumous publication, will shortly be placed on the market by William Briggs. In his own entertaining way the author writes of the curious habits of many of the inhabitants of the insect world. Such chapper-headings as "Sextons and Scavengers," "Some Strange Nurseries," "Animal and Vegetable Hedgehogs," "Masquerades and Disguises," "Armor-plated Animals," etc., give an idea of the contents of the volume.

A much-discussed subject by educationists and by Church conferences and synods is that of religious instruction in the puble schools. A sturdy advocate of this, and a keen controversialist, is the venerable Dr. James Middlemiss, of Elora. Dr. Middlemiss has presented his views on the subject in a volume of some 260 pages, which will be published in June by William Briggs.

"Pine Lake," by Miss Millie Magwood, is a story of country life in Northen Ontario that will have many appreciative readers. It relates the experiences of a young lady school teacher, and her influence in the locality where her school is placed. Such institutions as the country dance, the Fall show, the celebration of the 24th of May, etc., are introduced and described in an en

tertaining way. The story is strong, healthful, and uplifting.

"Ralph Marlowe " is one of the great successes of the year. It seems to take immediate hold of the reader. Paul Lawrence Dunbar says of it :-"The story interested me and moved me deeply. It smacks thorougly of the soil. The author's description of a Ohio campaign is great, and I could imagine myself back in Dayton, running after the band when there was 'speakin'' at the Fair grounds or Court House."

The trade will do well to lay in a good opening stock of Eden Phillpotts' "The Good Red Earth." This will be one of the most popular books of the season. It is a Devonshire story, with much of the charm of "Lorna Doone" in its pages.

An historical novel of remarkable power and brilliancy is George Croly's "Tarry Thou Till I Come," a Canadian copyright edition of which will shortly be placed on the market by William Briggs. General Lew Wallace, who contributes an introduction, includes this story with the "six greatest English novels." The other five are :"Ivanhoe," "The Last of the Barons" "The Tale of Two Cities," "Jane Eyre," and "Hypatia." The London " Athenæum says it is "one of the most splendid productions among the works of fiction that this age has brought forth." Another English reviewer exclaims : "We have risen from the perusal of this story just as we felt after losing ourselves in the absorbing interest of Shakespeare's finest tragedy." A striking feature of the book is the splendid series of illustrations made expressly for it by the celebrated artist de Thulstoup, after several months of study and travel in Europe in their preparation. The novel. deals with the momentous events that occurred, chiefly in Palestine, from the time of the crucifixion to the destruction of Jerusalem. Its chapters are replete with Oriental charm and richness, and the character-drawing is marvellous. No other novel ever written has portrayed with such vividness the events that convulsed Rome and destroyed Jerusalem in the early days of Christianity. The Canadian edition will appear in paper and cloth, at 75c. and $1.50 respectively.

William Briggs will shortly issue a Canadian copyright edition of a new Life of Henry Drummond, by Cuthbert Lennox. Mr. Lennox, we believe, was a college mate of Prof. Drummond, and has given an excellent picture of the man as he was with his genius, hi eccentricities, his aberrancies, and his quaint, odd humor.


McLeod & Allen have secured the Canadian rights for "Graustark." This was the book that nearly caused the shedding of blood by two compositors. The composition of the first part of the story was undertaken by one compositor, but in order to hurry the book, the last half was assigned to another. This division of labor, generally considered so desirable, aroused the anger of the first compositor, who was so much interested in the story that he preferred to work overtime and finish the book himself. But he reckoned without the second compositor, who had begun to set up the last half of the story and was so deep in the romance that he refused to give it up. The matter resulted in a personal altercation, which fortunately did not end fatally.

It may be that you have not the same taste in literature as a compositor, but if the public were as difficult to interest as the printers we would be obliged to go out of business. Happily you only need read what you like, but you are sure to like "Graustark."

"A Missing Hero," by Mrs. Alexander. A South African background for a greater part of this story adds a timeliness to the latest novel from the pen of the everpopular Mrs. Alexander, that should materially add to its attractiveness. The author has seen fit to gratify the almost universal demand for a happy ending, the knowledge of which, however, does not detract from the more than absorbing interest created by the introduction of some very exciting incidents.

"Clayton Halowell," by Francis W. van Praag. There is a pleasant literary surprise in store for readers of novels in a "first book" by one Francis W. van Praag, who has just finished an historical novel entitled "Clayton Halowell."

It is thoroughly good. Its pages teem with interesting and exciting intrigues and adventures incident to a delightful romance.

There is something about the story of "Clayton Halowell" that compels the reader to follow the fortunes of its chief characters to the end with an absorbed interest. The whole well-told tale is wholesome; history forms an excellent background for the characters, without being painfully obtrusive, and the characters are natural and active and not distorted impossibilities or mere road-marks in the progress of the story.

The scene of the tale is laid in Morristown, New Jersey, during the time that Washington maintained his headquarters there. Clayton Halowell, a major in the Continental army and a trusted confidential

staff officer, is the hero, and a character that in its portrayal has taxed and proven the ability of the young author. Reckless, ambitious for military honors, morally careless but not bad, susceptible to the charms of more than one woman, but above all, loyal to his military oath, brave and handsome, this hero meets an innocent young woman and is changed in thoughts, ambitions and character by her subtle influence and by the love which she awakens in his heart, which he had believed was entirely under his own control.


"Uncle Terry," by Charles Clark Munn. American publishers announce that they are now printing one edition of 25,000 copies.

McLeod & Allen announce the second

edition one week after first edition appeared.

"Tales of the Ex-Tanks," a book of hard

luck stories, by Clarence Louis Cullen. As

the inimitable Billy Baxter may be compar

ed to the appetising pottage, so the humor

and delight to be found in the deliberations and experiences of the Ex-Tanks may well be considered the more substantial and complete feast.

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Some interesting particulars about Mr. Kipling's early dealings with publishers are given by the well-known firm of Thacker, Spink & Co., Calcutta. This firm published Kipling's early works. He sent them his "Departmental Ditties" in manuscript, saying, "I want 500 rupees or about $250 to go on a shooting expedition, and you may have this in exchange." The bargain was made, and afterwards in London Kipling offered Thacker, Spinks & Co. as many more poetical pieces as he chose to select from a collection sent by him at £5 each. Altogether eight editions were published by

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The Musson Book Co. are bringing out this month "A Daughter of New France," by Mary Catharine Crowley. Cloth, $1.50; paper, 75c. Advance orders have almost exhausted the first edition. "Sir Christopher," by Maud Wilder Goodwin, is also nearly exhausted. Maurice Thompson's "Sweetheart Manette" is, of course, among the best sellers of the day.

The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, Toronto, is just now issuing Ernest SetonThompson's new book, "Bird Portraits." It is of quarto size, on heavy-coated paper, 81 by 12 in., and bound in green cloth. The series of bird pictures by the distinguished artist are very charming, while the accompanying descriptions have been entertainingly written by Ralph Hoffman, of the Audubon Society, one of the authors of "Bird World." Mr. Seton-Thompson's newest work will be sure to meet with a warm welcome in every part of Canada, and orders, to insure prompt shipment from the first Canadian edition, should reach The Publishers' Syndicate as early as possible, as the book is just about to issue at the time of going to press.

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Other Nature books of great excellence may be found in The Publishers' Syndicate list, such as Dugmore's "Bird Homes," Margaret W. Morley's "Wasps and Their Ways," Harriet L. Keeler's "Our Native Trees" and Mrs. Dana's "Wild Flowers" and "Ferns," all of which are recognized as leaders on their subjects. Besides these may be mentioned "Flame, Electricity and the Camera," by George Iles, a new Canadian edition of which has been printed to meet the demand.

In the field of fiction, it may be mentioned that The Publishers' Syndicate has issued a second Canadian edition of Booth Tarkington's short novel, "Monsieur Beaucaire," which has had an almost unprecedented run in the United States, selling up to over 90,000 copies in a short while. The first Canadian edition was run off in about a month. This book may be recommended as a most delightful bit of fiction issued in a charming form.

The new novel by Clifford Smith, "A Daughter of Patricians," has been placed on the market during the past week by The Publishers' Syndicate, and is meeting with a rapid sale. The English reviews on the book have been excellent, and the fact that the story, in addition to being a strong tale, deals with the phase of law involved in the Delpit case in Montreal, lends to it more than an ordinary interest. The novel is issued both in cloth and paper.

Dr. Wm. Barry, who has become famous as the author of "Arden Massiter" and "The Two Standards," has issued through The Publishers' Syndicate an Irish story, "The Wizard's Knot," which is without doubt the best thing he has done. It is a really thrilling tale, finely told and of absorbing interest, but its chief charm to the real lover of literature lies in the intimate knowledge of Irish peasant character which it displays, and in which it is certainly unequalled by any work of fiction in recent years. "The Wizard's Knot" will prove one of the most successful novels, of the higher class, to be issued this season.

"The Love-Letters of Dorothy Osborne," that admirable classic of epistolary literature, is having a wide sale since the new edition was issued by The Publishers' Syndicate. Dealers should not be without some copies of this book. In fact, it may well be said that a pleasing feature of the Syndicate list is the uniform high character of the publications offered to the Canadian reading public by this enterprising company.

"God's Puppets," by Imogen Clark. The W. J. Gage Co., Ltd., Toronto. The story is quite as original as the title, and has won such great success in the United States that a second edition was printed immediately on publication. It is a vivid and striking picture of 18th century life, and the local coloring is good. The style is fascinating, for every page is alive and displays the genius of the born writer.

An English officer, a Dutch minister, his daughter, and "Peggy Crewe," gay, piquant, daring and beautiful, are the principal characters. The relations of these characters cause many adventures which form the plot of the tale. The horse race and the duel are some of the strongly dramatic scenes in which "Peggy" is the heroine. She is most charming and life-like, and easily ranks as the peer of "Janice Meredith," and the "Princess Mary" in "When Knighthood Was in Flower."

Literary Motes.

Mary Catherine Crowley, author of "A Daughter of New France," which Musson Book Company publish this month, has been actively engaged in literary work for the past ten years. She is well known as a writer for the young, and has also contributed to various magazines and syndicates, sometimes under her own name, sometimes under a pseudonym.

Miss Crowley is a native of Boston, and had the good fortune to be born of scholarly stock. Her father, John C. Crowley, is an alumnus of Harvard University; her mother is a graduate of the Sacred Heart, Manhattanville-later the daughter's Alma With so favorable home and school influences, a large circle of travelled and book-loving relatives, a host of family friends among the clergy, and, in due time, a broad and varied social life, her literary gift made rapid and symmetrical development.



In 1892 Miss Crowley went abroad, visiting Rome, Paris, Dresden, and other oldworld cities. For the past eight years she has lived in the West, a part of the time at Detroit. She has travelled in Canada, and is familiar with Quebec and Montreal. Thus among her acquaintance belonging to the old French-Canadian families, and from the pages of old memoirs and histories, she gathered the material for the groundwork of this romance, "A Daughter of New France," which occurred to her about 1894. It was begun three or more years ago, laid aside for other work, and finally taken up and finished during the past winter.

Miss Crowley was for some years a member of the New England Woman's Press

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