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CAMP-FIRE AND WIGWAM, by EDWARD S. 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.
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 photographs and old prints. 16mo, cloth, D. Lothrop & Co.
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.
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, Roberts Bros.
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. 12mo, 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.
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.
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.
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, Harper & Bros.
By an ingenious condensation and a clear logical arrangement of topics the author has made a most 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, Harper & Bros.
1.00 The authors and artists seem to have combined to produce a book that would contain the very cream of juvenile literature, and they have succeeded admirably.
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. Illustrated, 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.
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 reputation 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.
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 he sees and hears.
IN THE MIDDLE WATCH, by W. CLARK RusSELL, 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.
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, "Jackanapes," "Daddy Darwin's Dovecot," and "The Story of a Short Life," illustrated by Caldecott and Browne.
JEWS, THE, by JAS. K. HOSMER, Prof. in Washington 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 Medieval 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.
MAL MOULÉE, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, author of "Poems of Passion." Cloth, G. W. Carleton & Co. 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. Edited by M. E. BRADDON, author of Lady Audley's Secret," Aurora Floyd," etc., etc. 4to, paper, Harper & Bros.
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 & 1.50
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.
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, author 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.
A beautiful souvenir of a famous and admired artist. 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." Square 12mo, Funk & Wagnalls. 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 & Bros.
.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 Prinples, by FRANCIS WARNER, M.D. D. Appleton & 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, Mifflin & Co.
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.
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, by STEPHEN HENRY THAYER. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 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. HYDE, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, author of "The New Arabian Nights," etc. Cloth, $1.00, paper, Chas. Scribner's Sons.
The mystery attending the personality of Dr. Jekyll baffled his most intimate friends, while the reader finds his own most ingenious solutions completely overthrown by the unexpected denouement and the discovery of a strange dual existence. STRANGE STORIES FROM HISTORY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, by GEORGE CARY EGGLESTON, author of Red Eagle," etc. Illustrated, square 16mo, cloth, Harper & Bros.
Mr. Eggleston has gathered together about twenty stories of novel and striking war episodes and interesting sketches of the lives of a few self-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, by "JOSIAH ALLEN'S WIFE" (Marietta Holley.) 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. 5.00
Not so much a narrative of personal observation and impressions, as a study of the Spain of to-day in the light of history and tradition and of her relations to the civilization about her. Her author has chosen the unbeaten tracks and has much of value in regard to Leon, Merida, Salamanca, Ronda, and other cities of which little is generally written.
TIME FLIES, A reading diary for every day in the year, by CHRISTINA G. ROSSETTI. I vol., 18mo, cloth, Roberts 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 feeling and coloring is "To-morrow."
TOUR AROUND THE WORLD, A, by GEORGE E. RAUM. W. S. Gottsberger. 1.50
Bright crisp notes and gossip of a two years' trip around the world. A very full index to over six hundred important places of interest renders much information readily accessible.
TWO SISTER REPUBLICS, THE, America and
An explanation in full of Mr. Aron's refusal to act on the
"US" An Old Fashionedj Story, by MRS. MOLES-
A strong, virile, historical romance of the sixteenth century.
WAKULLA, A Story of Adventure in Florida, by
Mark and Ruth Elmer, two Yankee children, accompany their
WANDERINGS OF ULYSSES, THE, by PROF. C.
WHAT WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT SHAKE-
At the holiday season it does one good to think over like days
YOUNG FOLKS' QUERIES, by UNCLE LAWRENCE.
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BIOGRAPHY.-Anecdotes of Grant, U. S.; Dar-
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HUMOR.—Garroters, The; Humor in Animals;
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A WORD WITH THE READER.
Why is it that an author's preface or a magazine salutatory is always an humble apology and explanalion of its being, as if the public were a stern brassbuttoned government inspector who sharply demands of each traveler his passport and papers before permitting him to cross the borderland of the literary world! Book Chat's plea for a kindly consideration lies in the fact that in these days of busy, hurried and active American life, the majority of readers, who are not confirmed book-worms, have not the time nor inclination to read the able, scholarly and exhaustive reviews that appear in our best literary papers. They desire to know what are the latest books and "what are they about;" in a few words, easily read and readily referred to. Furthermore, journals giving long space to criticism can, of course, notice but comparatively few of the very best publications, while a great number of minor books of real and pertinent interest are passed by without a word. So little seems to be in a name, that the title of a book without any comment or note is often woefully misleading, as many buyers will cheerfully testify.
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"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."-LORD BACON.
AFTER HIS KIND.
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.