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ELLIS. “Log Cabin Series." Illustrated, 16mo, cloth, Porter & Coates.
1.25 The life and adventures of two boys among the Indian tribes and the brave and fearless acts of their savage captors, are in themselves elements sufficient to arouse the latent heroic in the heart of the most quiet school-boy. CAPTIVE OF LOVE, A, by EDWARD GREEY, author
of “The Golden Lotus,” etc. 26 illustrations
by Japanese artists. Lee & Shephard. 1.50 A romantic Japanese novel translated and adapted from Japan's classic author Bakan. It is difficult to say in what the pleasure of reading it consists, whether in the simplicity and purity of plot, the quaint style, the story itself or the curious pictures of Japanese life and characteristics. CHILDREN OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY, by
Rose G. KINGSLEY, daughter of Canon Kingsley. Reading Union Library. Illustrated from pho. tographs and old prints. 16mo, cloth, D. Loth
1.00 The many incidents, episodes and stories that have made the Abbey historic, are here given in a popular form to interest the young folks. CHRISTMAS ANGEL, by B. L. FARJEON, author
of “Great Porter Square, etc. Illustrated, 16mo, Harper & Bros.
.25 A Christmas dream of a father in the room where his child lies dead, softens his heart to the sorrow around him and causes him to adopt a homeless wanderer. A very pretty, tender story. DARWIN, CHAS, by GRANT ALLEN. Small 12mo, cloth, D. Appleton & Co.
.75 An exceedingly just, fair and candid monograph dealing with Darwin as a thinker and worker, and as representing the theories connected with his name. The fore, but little biographical detail is given, and only such as is necessary in showing the mental development that culminated in his noble life-work. DAWNING, THE. 12mo, Lee & Shephard. 1.50
The struggle between labor and capital and the social and political wrongs arising from it, is the question upon which this story of life at the “ Hub” is based. The tone is earnest and honest and evinces a most intense interest in the labor problem. DOSIA'S DAUGHTER, by Henry Greville.
Original copyright edition, translated by Mrs.
Clara Erskine Clement. Ticknor & Co. 1.25 Dosia's daughter, Agnes, partakes of many of the characteristics that make her mother so charming, yet she has a certain perverseness and originality in mind and purpose which is strongly individual. Her secret departure from home and her life of trials and care in Moscow as governess are pretty and entertaining without being exciting. DUCHESSE DE LANGEAIS, THE, by HONORÉ
DE BALZAC. Half morocco, French style,
1.50 The discovery of the Duchesse de Langeais that her marriage for money has proved but an awful sham, that she is madly, desperately in love with another, and that it is a passion she must kill, though it take her own life, shows most wonderfully the sublime genius of Balzac. The four shorter stories are studies and scenes of political, provincial, military and philosophical life. ECCLESIASTICAL INSTITUTIONS, by HERBERT Spencer.
cloth, D. Appleton & Co. 1.25 Part VI. of the Principles of Sociology, giving a full account of the priesthood, including priestly duties, ruler as priest, ecclesiastical hierarchies, Church and State nonconformity, military functions, civil functions and moral influences. EPITOME OF DISEASES OF THE SKIN, by
Louis A. DUHRING, M.D., Professor of Skin
Diseases. 18mo, cloth, J. B. Lippincott Co. .60 An abstract of a course of lectures delivered in the University of Pennsylvania during the session of 1883-4. EVOLUTION AND RELIGION, by MINOT J.
SAVAGE, Church of the Unity, Boston. Wide margins, uncut, paper, Geo. H. Buchanan & Co.
.25 A lecture delivered in the Philadelphia Academy of Music in the early part of last December. It is of interest as giving the honest views of a believer in the orthodox religion and in evolution. The typography and press-work is excellent.
FIAMMETTA, A Summer Idyll, by W. W. STORY. 12mo, Houghton, Mifflin & Co.
1.25 Marco Stenoni, a young Italian artist, wearied with the summer heat of Rome, leaves his studio for a few weeks in the country. Here he meets a rustic beauty, Fiammetta, who wonderfully realizes an ideal of a naiad that has long been in his mind. She consents to act as model and a most bright and charming love story ensues. FIRST NAPOLEON, THE, A sketch, political
and military, by JOHN CODMAN Ropes, member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. With
maps. Crown 8vo, Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 2.00 In this lucid, direct and keen sketch of Napoleon in eight lectures, Mr. Ropes has given the foreign and domestic policy of Napoleon with a view to point out “the real nature of the contest in which he played so prominent a part and the actual political capacity at the time of the people over whom he ruled or whose institutions he shaped.” The work is not so much a biography or history of the man as a strong, critical study of the period in which he was such a vital element. FIRST PERSON SINGULAR, by D. C. MURRAY. Harper & Bros.
.25 The plot to capture a Russian Nihilist and deliver him to the Government is the motive of the story. Quite a charming love tale runs through the meshes of the socialist narrative. FLORIDA ANNUAL, for 1886, edited by C. K. MONROE. Paper, Wm. Whitlock.
.50 Contains an introduction by Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, two hundred pages of the most reliable information for the settler, tourist, and sportsman, statistical tables of the greatest value, and a large, new sectional map of Florida, in colors engraved and printed especially for this book. GARROTERS, THE, A farce, by W. D. HOWELLS.
uniform with “ The Elevator," The Parlor Car," etc. Harper & Bros.
.50 Dainty witty farce in which Mr. Roberts plays the leading role in his deliciously droll discovery of robbery on the Boston Common and his surprise and dismay when the perpetrator is caught. His wife's pride in his bravery is most humorous in its exaggerated estimate of his prowess. GEORGE ELIOT'S TWO MARRIAGES, an
essay by CHARLES GORDON Ames. Wide mar
gins, uncut, paper, Geo. H. Buchanan & Co. .20 An entirely new and revised edition in handsome style of Mr. Ames' essay written in a tone of tender compassion and admiration for the character of George Eliot. GOBLIN GOLD, A novel, by MAY CROMMELIN
author of “In the West Countrie,” Orange
Lily,” etc. 16mo, paper, Harper and Bros. .25 The vain attempts and trials of a wily plotting nephew to gain possession of the estate of Mr. Dering, a wealthy Englishman form a complicated narrative. GOLDEN FLOOD, A cloud in seven colors, by R.
E. FRANCILLON and WILLIAM SENIOR. Paper, 4to, Harper & Bros.
.15 Life and adventure in Australia. The colored clouds typified the joys and sorrows of the Hermon family who learned that the blackest clouds are they that break the most surely into a flood of gold. GREAT POETS AS RELIGIOUS TEACHERS,
THE, by JOHN H. Morison, 16mo, cloth,
1.00 An earnest eloquent plea for the recognition of the source of power of the greatest poets. Mr. Morison shows us that ihey rose to their exalted position and power because of their vital belief in deep moral truth based on the teachings of Christ, which permeated the spirit of their verse. GREEK ISLANDS, THE, And Turkey after the
War, by HENRY M. Field, D.D., maps and woodcuts. Charles Scribner's Sons.
1.50 In addition to bright happy sketches of life and scenery in the Islands of Ægean, Mr. Field gives keen observations on the Eastern question which force him to believe that the Moslem dominion in Europe is nearing its end. HALF WAY. An Anglo-French romance. Paper. 16mo, Harper & Bros.
.25 A pretty love story of the south of France with many happy pictures of national life, manners and customs.
HANDBOOK OF WHIST, by MAJOR TENACE.” Cloth, G. P. Putnam's Sons.
.75 By an ingenious condensation and a clear logical arrangement of topics the author has made a must valuable and handy reference book, covering every point upon which either the novice or the professional player may need information. HANDBOOK TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, by Ernest INGERSOLL, illustrated, by F. H. TAYLOR, Brentano Bros.
.25 " An illustrated guide to the treasures of that great depository of rare, curious and instructive materials. The divisions of the museum are laid
out upon a precise and scientific basis, and the handbook is designed to give intelligent aid to the visitor or the student in his researches. "HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE" FOR 1885. Vol.
VI., 700 illustrations, 4to, ornamental cloth,
1.00 The authors and artists seem to have combined to produce a book that would contain the very
of juvenile literature, and they have succeeded admirably. HECTOR'S INHERITANCE; or, The Boys of
Smith's Institute, by Horatio Alger, Jr. "Atlantic Series," illustrated. 16mo, Porter and Coates.
1.25 Hector, a bright active and plucky lad under the guardianship of an uncle, suspecting that an inheritance which is justly his, will be fraudently conveyed to his cousin, quietly exposes the plot and recovers his own. His life at school among his chums and rivals is in Alger's popular style. HERE AND THERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY,
by popular writers, 127 illustrations. J. B. Lippincott Co.
2.50 A round dozen bright breezy sketches of travel, sight-seeing and adventure in different parts of the Union. The articles are written by well-known authors in the easy happy style of magazine narratives, and give most delightful glimpses of out-of-theway corners in travel. HOME AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE, by John W. BOOKWALTER. Paper, Brentano Bros.
.50 A series of articles on the tariff question as affecting trade. The chapters comprise the genesis of the boom; India, and its resources ; India, and the wheat situation ; business depressions and their compensations; English and American farming ; trade crises in America ; America's danger, and the burden of protection. HORSE AND MAN, Their Mutual Dependence and
Duties, by the Rev. J. G. Wood, M, A. Illus
trated, 8vo, extra cloth, J. B. Lippincott Co. 2.50 Neither a work on horse training, horse racing or veterinary surgery: but a worthy book of practical instruction and advice on the general structure of the animal, and such details of the foot, hoof, neck, lungs and stomach, as should be known by every one who possesses, or has to do with the management of a horse.
IRON CROWN, AN. Tale of the Great Republic. T. S. DENISON,
1.50 The great railroad magnates, the wealthy chartered monopolies and giant corporations, the author claims, by their rapid accretion of wealth are accumulating such power as to make our free country into an autocratic oligarchy. JACKANAPES and Other Stories, by JULIANA
HORATIA EWING. Cloth, Roberts Bros. 1.00 Three of Mrs. Ewing's most popular short stories, "Jacka
Daddy Darwin's Dovecot,” and “The Story of a Short Life,” illustrated by Caldecott and Browne. JEWS, THE, by Jas. K. HOSMER, Prof. in Wash
ington University, St. Louis, Mo., author of a “Short History of German Literature, etc., (Story of the Nation's Series). 12mo, G. P. Putnam's Sons.
1.50 This most admirable history of the Jewish nation seems naturally to divide itself into three periods: “The Ancient Pride"covering the biblical history down to fifty years after the crucifixion ; *** The Mediæval Humiliation "-the awful persecutions of the middle ages; and “The Breaking of the Chain"the modern history of the Jews, with sketches of many noted Hebrews in the world of science, art, music, philanthropy, finance and politics. JOHN MAIDMENT, A Novel, by JULIAN STURGIS,
author of "An Accomplished Gentleman," etc. 16mo, paper, D. Appleton & Co.
.50 The life of an ambitious, gifted young man whom favorable circumstances and influence early secure a seat in Parliament. He moves in the best society, marries, and makes a figure in the social and political world. JONATHAN'S HOME, by ALAN DALE. Paper, Doyle & Whittle.
.25 John Bull's views on Brother Jonathan's social manner, customs, and institutions. Nothing is too trivial to escape the keen eyes of the author, and what he says is always in the tone of mingled fun, cynicism and truth. LAST DAYS AT APSWICH, A Novel. 16mo, paper, Harper & Bros.
.25 Emily Meredith in her last days at school at Apswich was robbed of £40, sent by relatives in India. Her dearest friend is accused and dark days of suspicion and estrangement follow, which are most brightly cleared up. LUCKY WAIF, A, by Ellen E. KENYON. 12mo, cloth, Fowler & Wells Co.
1.00 Family life and the training and education of children is noted minutely, and with special and direct attention to the power both of heredity and environment in molding the character of the little ones. Mothers and teachers will find in it many hints for serious consideration. LULU'S LIBRARY, by Louisa M. Alcott, author
of “Little Women," * Eight Cousins," etc. Il
lustrated, 16mo, cloth, Roberts Bros. 1.00 A collection of twelve new stories told by “Aunt Jo,” to her little niece as bed-time treats, and now gathered together in one volume to make her numerous young friends happy. MAL MOULÉE, by Ella WHEELER Wilcox, author
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1.00 The story of two girls who become acquainted at boardingschool, whose paths then separated and were reunited at the deathbed of a man beloved by both. The views entertained by Miss King are of the most advanced and bitter type on the subject of marriage, death, society and many topics held most sacred, MISTLETOE BOUGH, CHRISTMAS, 1885. Ed
ited by M. E. BRADDON, author of “Lady Audley's Secret,” Aurora Floyd,” etc., etc. 4to, paper, Harper & Bros.
.20 A collection of short stories suited to the holiday season. MORTAL ANTIPATHY, A. The First Opening
of the New Portfolio, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. 12mo, gilt top, Houghton, Mifflin &
Co. The curiosity of the Arrowhead Village society was exercised to its highest pitch over the appearance in their midst of a handsome wealthy young gentleman who came, no one knew whence, and who kept himself sedulously aloof from all company: The discovery of the whyfor engaged their whole attention. Bright, clever sketches are given of the college boat-race, the literary society, village gossip, a brave rescue, etc.
HUMOR IN ANIMALS, by William H. BEARD,
A series of forty drawings, descriptive and explanatory text. Quarto, cloth extra, G. P. Putnam's Sons.
2.50 With a keen sense of humor and a ready happy knack in expressing it, Mr. Beard has gathered together the quaint habits and doings of animals, in order to show that fun is innate in them as well as in man. Even the philosophic owl has a quiet perception of the ludicrous that is a grave menace to his repuiation for solemnity. INFANT PHILOSOPHER, THE. Stray Leaves
from a Baby's Journal, by TULLIO S. VERDI, M.D., author of "Mothers and Daughters.” Parchment cover, Fords, Howard & Hurlbert.
.30 We forget the absurdity of the idea of a baby keeping a diary in reading the wise hints and suggestions he gives to his mother and his nurse and his innocent observations on what be sees and hears. IN THE MIDDLE WATCH, by W. Clark Rus
SELL, author of “The Wreck of the “Grosvenor,' ."On the Fo'k'sle Head." 16mo, paper, Harper & Bros.
.25 Real nautical yarns and stories and chats that smack of the brine.
MRS. DYMOND, by Miss THACKERAY (Mrs.
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.25 Easy, graceful narrative of life in France and England. The character-sketching shows in many places that the genius of the father appears in the daughter. MUSICAL HISTORY, by G. A. MACFARREN. 16mo, paper, Harper & Bros.
.25 An outline of the history of music in Europe for twenty-five centuries, with a roll of the names of musicians, and the time and places of their births and deaths. MY RELIGION, by Count Leo Tolstoi, au
thor of " War and Peace,' 12mo, cloth, Crowell & Co.
1.25 “For thirty-five years of my life I was, in the proper acceptation of the word, a nihilist--one who believed in nothing. Five years ago, faith came to me; I believed in the doctrine of Jesus, and my whole life underwent a sudden transformation.' Preface.
The story of a change, fervent, deep, sincere, and as direct and simple as a child's faith, MY STUDY, And Other Essays, by PROFESSOR
AUSTIN PHELPS, D.D., author of "The Theory of Preaching," Men and Books," etc. I vol., 12mo, Chas. Scribner's Sons,
1.50 Essays and discussions on religious belief, retribution, true faith, a second probation, the New England clergy, Christianity a revelation, the Episcopal church, prayer, and studies on other popular theological questions. NEILSON, ADELAIDE, by Laura C. Hollo
WAY. Illustrated by eight superb photographs
by Sarony, ribbon-tied, Funk & Wagnalls. 2.50 A beautiful souvenir of a famous and admired artist. Mrs. Holloway, while in England, sought out the early friends of Miss Neilson, and made every effort to obtain bright, fresh and interesting data from those most able to give it, and she has thus been enabled to write a most interesting and loving tribute. NEW KING ARTHUR, THE, “An Opera without
Music," by the author of “The Buntling Ball."
1.25 Graceful, sparkling and musical satire on Tennyson's “Idylls of the Kings." The author gratefully acknowledges his weighty debt to the Poet Laureate in a bright, witty dedication, The modernizing of the characters is cleverly done. OUNCES OF PREVENTION, by Titus Munson
COAN, A.M., M.D. 16mo, paper, Harper &
.25 Wise, practical hints and suggestions on important hygienic matters, comprising colds, ventilation, bathing, pure water drainage, food and stimulants, the eyes, etc. PHYSICAL EXPRESSION, Its Modes and Prin
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& Co. A consideration of facial and bodily expression in relation to action, conduct, disease and their representation in art. POEMS, by William WeTMORE Story. 2 vols., 16mo, Houghton, Miffin.& Co.
2.50 This collection includes besides many new pieces the poems published under the titles "He and She and "Graffita d'Italia.” As the latter has been for some time out of print, the present edition is specially welcome. In none of his poems does Mr. Story show his masterly strength and power so much as in “Cleopatra” and “ Marco Antonius." PRIMUS IN INDIS, by M. J. COLQUHOUN. 16mo, paper, Harper & Bros.
.25 A romance giving in a brief and modernized form the autobiography of one of Lord Clive's lieutenants, afterward in command of all the forces in the East Indies. PUCK'S ANNUAL FOR 1886. Illustrated, KEPPLER & SCHWARZMANN.
.25 Puck's special feature in its current annual is a series of poetic tributes to the fair maidens of Boston, Washington, Chicago, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, etc. The headings for the months are appropriate, funny and clever. ROUMANIAN FAIRY TALES. Collected by
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1.50 Eighteen stories of fairies, good children, wicked oldest daughters, goblins, hermits, dragons, witches, etc., with a pecu
liar wealth of the grotesque so characteristic of the East. The
TEACHING, by U. J. HOFFMAN. Fowler &
1.50 From a clear, direct discussion of the mental and physical nature of man, his temperaments, faculties, etc., the author proceeds to the theories by which instruction can best be given with full adaptation to the wants and peculiarities of the individual mind. SHORT STUDIES FROM NATURE, by various authors. Illustrated, Cassell & Co.
1.50 Scholarly essays by men eminent in their respective specialties, on bats, flame, birds of passage, snow, dragon-flies, oakapples, comets, caves, glow-worms and minute organisms. SILENT SOUTH, THE, by George W. CABLE. 12mo, Charles Scribner's Sons.
1.00 Under the titles " The Freedman's Cause in Equity,” “The Silent South," and " The Convict Lease System in the Southern States," Mr. Cable gives three strong, deep and thoughtful papers on the Southern problem. SONGS OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, and Other Poems,
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1.25 The introductory poems are devoted to the locality made immortal by Irving, while the others are on love, nature, faith, death and on other themes upon which poets love to dwell. STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR.
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.25 The mystery attending the personality of Dr. Jekyll baffled his most intimate friends, whiie the reader finds his own most ingen solutions completely overthrown by the unexpected denouement and the discovery of a strange dual existence. STRANGE STORIES FROM HISTORY FOR
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1.00 Mr. Eggleston has gathered together about twenty stories of novel and striking war episodes and interesting sketches of the lives of a few sell-made men. His style is pleasant and graphic and even older heads will read with pleasure some of the unfamiliar incidents. SWEET CICELY; or, Josiah Allen as a Politician,
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Square 12mo, illustrated, Funk & Wagnalls. 2.00 Miss Holley directs her powerful and salient wit against intemperance and many social wrongs and political abuses which her clear observation shows her as worthy of discussion and needing a remedy. She is never merely funny, but always uses her humor to advance her argument or to exhibit in a clearer light some weakness or frailty of human nature. The sketch of the country candidate is capital. THROUGH SPAIN, by S. P. Scott. Eighty illustrations, J. B. Lippincott Co.
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1.50 Paper, Harper & Bros. The initial poem refers to an ancient "Peeping Tom " who saw Pallas Athene and was punished by blindness. “Despair," " Early Spring," and a number of others are already familiar to American readers. An exquisite and touching ballad in the Irish brogue in true native ieeling and coloring is “To-morrow.' TOUR AROUND THE WORLD, A, by GEORGE E. Raum. W. S. Gottsberger.
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This latest issue in the Leisure Hour Series is a strong and original novel, clever in plot, brilliant in treatment, graphic and poetic in expression, and solid and condensed in its narration. Every word has a power of its own and each incident is an essential element, an artistic touch necessary for the true representation of the characters.
The real beauty and genius of this story cannot be justly indicated in a few hasty words nor is this article intended as a literary Baedecker to point out the especially graceful and original touches with which it abounds.. Perhaps however a few words as to the author's ideal, in faithful accordance to which every line was probably written, may be of interest. A novel he has said, is an unacted play; a play is but a novel thrown into relief-a novel wherein the scene is shown instead of described, where the action is seen and the conversations heard, instead of expressed to the eye by a combination of letters.
Primarily they are identical. The play is higher than the novel, because it is nearer to actual life. Nothing therefore should be permitted in a novel, that would not be seen in a true dramatic representation or that would not appear to the spectator were the scene a real occurrence enacted before his eyes. This he has used as an argument against the analytical school of fiction, as being as false in literature as pre-raphaelism is in art. We see our neighbor's act, but we cannot know the mental process by which it was reached, if it were the subject of thought at all. A certain train of thought is not a necessary precedent to a given act nor does man express his character in a single action, so that we cannot see a woman's whole mind and soul in her manner of turning a door-knob, even though analytical school substantially says so. The author has no right to obtrude his personality by an explanation of the thoughts and reflections of his characters further than as they may be shown in their speech. He is merely a stage manager, who has nothing to do but to let the actors work out their own parts, in the several positions in which they are placed.
Upon this basis, After His Kind has evidently been written. The reader unconsciously and necessarily puts himself in the place of John Greyhurst and his friends, sees each event as they see it, falls into their errors, and is equally surprised with them at their discoveries. In no place does the author betray himself into any inadvertent admission that might reveal or foreshadow what is to follow.