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Rosebuds (367): by author of " Our Valley," 12°, 75 C.
Sayre, L. E. (365) Conspectus of organic materia medica
Sedgwick, H. D. (366) Am. and Eng. cases on the measure of damages, 8°, shp., $7.50.
N. Y., Baker, Voorhis & Co. Shakespeare, Tales from, see Lamb, C. and Mary. Shakspeare, C. (366) St. Paul at Athens, sermons, 12°, $1.25. ....N. Y., Scribner's Sons Signor (366) Monaldi's niece (No name ser.), 16°, $1. Bost., Roberts. Smiles, S. (366) Robert Dick, baker of Thurso, geologist and botanist, 12°, $1.50.... N. Y., Harper.
Smith, Julia P. (364) Kiss and ¡be friends: a novel, 12°, $1.50...... N. Y., G. W. Carleton.
Socialism, see Reply.
South Carolina, Wanderings in, see Waterton, C.
Spectator (The), see Addison, Jos.
Sport and work on the Nepaul frontier, see Inglis, Jas.
Tuition, Unconscious, see Huntington, F. D.
Van Nostrand's sci. ser., no. 40, see Zahner, R.
What shall (367) I read? 16°,
N. Y., Putnam. N. Y., Nelson & Phillips.
Whittaker, Jas. T. (365) Physiology, 16°, $1.75.
Cin., R. Clarke & Co.
Whittaker's (364) churchman's almanac, 1879, 16°, bds.,. .N. Y., T. Whittaker.
75 C.; pap., 25 c..... Who did it? see Frazier, M. Woman's (A) thoughts about men, see Brinkley, Mrs. H. L.
Women, Diseases of, see Clark, A. L. World's (The) (365) almaniac for 1879, il, 16°, pap.. 25 c. N. Y., The World" Öff. Wiebe, Edward (366) The paradise of childhood: practical guide to kindergartners, new ed., sq. 8°, $2.; pap.,. $1.50... ....Springfield, Mass., Milton Bradley & Co. Wilford family (The), see Eadgyth. Williams, C. H. S. (367), Index to Massachusetts statutes, 8°, shp., $2... .Bost., G. B. Reed. Wilson, A. (365) Leisure-time studies, chiefly biological, il., 12°, $3.50. ..N. Y., Worthington. Winter resorts, Am., see Appleton's illustrated handbooks.
Witman, Frederica K. (364) Legend of the mound [in verse], il., sq. 12°, $1.50....Harrisburg, Lane S. Hart. Witthaus, R. A. (367) Essentials of chemistry, inorganic and organic, pocket ed., 24°, $1..N. Y., W. Wood & Co. Zahner, R. (364) Transmission of power by compressed air, 24°, bds., 50 c...... N. Y., Van Nostrand.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS.
RESOLVED, That this Convention recognize the PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY as the established organ of the entire trade, and recommend it to publishers as the medium through which they should make their “first announcement" of books they propose to publish, and the full title of all books immediately on publication.-AMERICAN BOOK-TRADE ASSOCIATION.
CHAS. SCRIBNER'S SONS, N. Y.
Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion, as illustrated by the Religion of India. By F. Max Muller. Cr. 8°. $2.50.
Gleanings of Past Years, 1843-'78. By Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P. To be complete in 5 vols. $1 per v. (Soon.)
J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., Phila. Philosophy. By André Lefevre. (Library of Contemporary Science.) Cr. 8°.
Burlesques. By William Makepeace Thackeray. Ill. Cr. 8°. $1.25. New Popular Illustrated Ed.
PUBLISHERS' PRIORITY CLAIMS. From the New York Commercial Advertiser for the week ending January 29. JANUARY 27.
D. Appleton & Co.:-La Moine de Chaolis, by Mme. Charles Reybaud.
Harper & Bros. :-Within Sound of the Sea.-Kelverdale. On the Wolds.-Elizabeth Eden.-The Last of Her Line.-A True Marriage.
Henry Holt & Co. :-Kettner's Book of the Table.
D. Appleton & Co.:-Irrende Sterne, by Geo. Horn.The House in the Hollow.
E. P. Dutton & Co.:-The Student's Edition of the Speaker's Commentary on the Bible. Abridged and edited by John M. Fuller, M.A., Vicar of Bexley. (To be completed in 6 volumes.) Vol. 1 ready shortly.-Steps to Christian Manhood, by Rosalind Marryat.-How to keep Lent, by Rev. G. H. Wilkinson.
J. B. Lippincott & Co.:- Called to the Rescue.The Last of Her Line.-Love Loyal.-The Artful Vicar.
D. Appleton & Co. :-The Beleaguered City, by Mrs. Oliphant.The Evolution of Man, by Ernest Haeckel.Free Science and Free Teaching, by Professor Huxley. Roberts Bros. :-Wild Life in a Southern Country, by the author of "The Gamekeeper at Home."-Essays on Art, by J. Comyns Carr.-Gwen, by the author of "The Epic of Hades."-The Gamekeeper at Home.
The Publishers' Weekly.
F. LEYPOLDT, Bibliographical Editor. R. R. BOWKER, General Editor.
FEBRUARY 1, 1879.
PUBLISHERS are requested to furnish title-page proofs and advance information of books forthcoming, both for entry in the lists and for descriptive mention. An early copy of each book published should be forwarded, to insure correctness in the final entry.
The trade are invited to send "Communications" to the editor on any topic of interest to the trade, and as to which an interchange of opinion is desirable. Also, matter for "Notes and Queries." Notes from librarians will also b gratefully received.
In case of business changes, notification or card should b immediately sent to this office for entry under "Business Notes." New catalogues issued will also be mentioned when forwarded.
THE PASSAGE OF THE POSTAL BILL. THERE is no department of the Government with which the public at large has such constant and close relation as with the post-office; there is none, therefore, in which simplicity, common sense, and uniformity are more necessary. Unhappily, this department has been the one in which these qualities have been most notably lacking. It has not been altogether the fault of the Department, for it was hampered by complex and contradictory legislation. The Department and the public now join in asking Congress to pass a bill, carefully prepared, to put postal administration, on a common sense basis; but Congress is in doubt whether it can spare time from its political affairs to transact this much of the public business.
The bill removes numerous absurdities, and ought to become law. To its general excellence we enter one important exception: the clause, "Provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall be so construed as to admit publications which, although issued in regular series or successive numbers, are but books or reprints of books, or publications primarily designed for advertising purposes, or for free circulation, or for circulation at nominal rates, to the benefit of the privileged rate, whether printed in this country or abroad," should be retained, as in the original draft, at the end of Section
9. Otherwise the bill fails of that portion of its purpose which involved a protection of the bulk rates against advertising circulars in the guise of periodicals, and does injustice to one class of books by admitting another at lower rates. This clause was omitted by the Postal Conference because its Executive Committee was made up largely of publishers, who feared to open themselves to the accusation of consulting their own interests. They made a mistake in permitting this false sentiment to overrule general considerations. The Post-Office Department, we understand, desires this clause retained, and it is certainly right.
But even should this clause be omitted, it is to be hoped the bill will pass. The Department is in many respects admirably administered, but it is under orders of law, and the law is confusing and distressing both to the Department and to the public. The only objections to the bill arise on the one side from those interested in obtaining for their advertising circulars the benefit of bulk rates, and on the other from those opposing registration as a principle, who are sufficiently answered by the fact that the government must have some means of discrimination so long as it makes, as now, discriminating rates. An overwhelming majority of public opinion is in favor of the bill. Messrs. Congressmen, be good enough to take the half hour necessary to pass it.
have slipped out in the mails, they will be replaced on application. The Index, extending to 12 pages, is the largest and most nearly complete we have ever made, and will, we trust, prove a great help to the trade.
THE Board Bulletin, started last year, while well received by many in the trade, and generally recognized as a desirable trade help, has not received sufficient pecuniary support to justify its permanent continuance, nor does the probability of future return in the event of success authorize outlay in pushing it. The plan has nevertheless proved a practicable and useful one, and the publisher reserves the right to resume the enterprise at any time when the
voluntary subscription for the Bulletin, at $2 the year, shall be sufficient to justify him. As the proposed Christmas issues were not prepared, subscribers who have paid in their fifty cents will be furnished with the number of Bulletins still due them, to be issued as occasion seems best to serve their purposes.
THE Evening Post was lavish of congratulations in a recent issue over the fact that a book which is ranked with the Wallace's Russia" and Baker's Turkey" series should have been issued in a cheap reprint at 15 cents. The next day it very frankly made occasion to set forth one of the considerations on the other side, in an editorial article which we reprint. In fact, there are two sides to the case; not only is an American publisher debarred from presenting a decent edition to the American public, but he is debarred also from paying anything at all to the English author, and from making any profit for himself. We welcome heartily endeavors to give the people good literature cheap, but there are still considerations as important as cheapness.
As we understand that Mr. Wm. T. Amies, of Philadelphia, has made public complaint in the trade that a certain advertising page of his publications was excluded from the Christmas Number of the PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY arbitrarily and without reason, we desire to state that the sole cause of its omission was the fact that his plate was too large for our page. Mr. Amies was acquainted with the size of the PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY page, attention was directly called to it also by our advertising representative when he secured the advertisement, and Mr. Amies was also notified on receipt of the too large plate. Mr. Amies claims, we learn, that because it did not actually run beyond the blank margin of the page we had no right to reject it, but a publisher certainly has the right to protect the typographical character of his publication
and does not sell the blank margins of his paper. The necessary rejection of the page was a loss to us as well as to Mr. Amies.
FOR "ways that are dark" in the underselling line, commend us to the enterprising newspaper publisher whose business method-a patent outside method, indeed—is set forth in an article that we reprint in full from the Burington, Vt., Saturday Review, which we thank in the name of the trade for its exposure. The most provoking feature of this swindle is that the fellow has had the effrontery to go to book
dealers in his vicinity (after underselling them at his variety shop) and offer to supply goods to them at less than publishers' wholesale
prices. There has been, we are forced to admit, what may be called an apathy among publishers in this matter of underselling; but we are in hopes that a few examples of this kind may stir things up a bit. 'Hari-kari" may be amusing to outsiders, but as a means of livelihood, it is not remunerative.
BOOKS DUTY FREE.'
At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the U. S. Postal Conference, held in New York, January 20, 1879, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted and ordered to be printed. H. E. SIMMONS, Secretary.
WHEREAS, The Postmaster-General in his recent Report (page 30) has recommended the adoption by Congress of such legislation as shall permit the importation by mail, free of duty, of all printed matter, thus necessarily including books:
Resolved, That in the opinion of this Committee any such legislation would be disastrous to all the interests in this country dependent upon the book trade, and damaging to the public revenues, for the following self-evident
I. There can be no justification alleged why the United States Government should make itself a common carrier for foreign merchandise at rates greatly less than cost, and at the same time deprive itself of the customs duty which the revenue laws impose on such merchandise-a duty which is already far below the average levied by the existing tariff on other descriptions of manufactured goods.
II. If the proposed abandonment of duty be rendered generally applicable to all books imported by mail, both by booksellers and private purchasers, a very large proportion of our imports will take advantage of it, thus seriously reducing the revenue and enhancing the deficit in the mail service, while inflicting a severe blow on the book manufac
ture of the United States.
III. If, on the other hand, it be limited to books imported by private purchasers, an unjust discrimination will be made against the importer, who is obliged to pay the duties to a government, thus entering into competition with him at a loss to itself, and virtually transacting the business through the medium of the money-order system. Not only will he thus be rendered unable to import and pay duty, but the foreign houses will, as they have already declared, evade the law by establishing canvassing agencies" in our larger cities, which will sell books deliverable by mail to the individual buyer.
Resolved, That we recognize the advisability of some provision whereby the facilities of the international book-post may be restored, and we suggest that some plan be adopted under which books and periodicals now subject to duty may be transmitted by post, and the regular rate of duty be collected thereon, thus putting on an even footing all such impor tations, whether for trade or consumption.
Resolved, That copies of these resolutions be sent to Members of Congress, the Postmaster-General, the Secretary of the Treasury, to the members of the Postal Conven
tion, and to publishers.