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PUBLISHERS' PRIORITY CLAIMS. ,
From ike New York Commercial Advertiser /or the -week ending; January 7.
T. B. Peterson A Bros.:—Bonnie Marie, by Henry Grcville; and Philomene's Marriages, by Henry Greville, printed from advance manuscript.
-tfarper & Bros. :—An Eye for an Eye, by Anthony Trollope.—Probation.—Called to the Rescue.—Under which Lord?—The Bachelor. —Under one Roof.—Maud Linden's Lovers.—The Wish of his Life. — Love Loyal.— —Queen of the Meadow.—A Man of His Word.—Just Anyone.—Black, but Comely.
Chas. Scribner's Sons :—Antiquities of Greece, from the German of G. F. Schoemann.—Sketches and Studies in Italy, by J. Addington Symonds.—Lay Sermons, by Professor John Stuart Blackie. —Dante: an Essay, by Dean Church.—The Civilization of the Period of the Renaissance in Italy, from the German of Jacob Burckhardt.
J. B. Lippinoott & Co.:—Airy, Fairy Lilian.—Probation.—Pigskin and Willow.—The Bachelor ; Love Loyal —A History of Our Own Times, from the Accession of Queen Victoria to the Berlin Congress.—My Experiences in a Lunatic Asylum, by a Sane Patient.—Within Sound of the Sea.
Roberts Bros. :—Professor Seeley's Life and Times of Stein.—The Life and Adventures of Arndt.—Mr. H.'s Own Narrative.—The Gamekeeper at Home. — Mary Wollstonecroft's Letters to Imlay.—Gwen: a Drama in Monologue.—Popplewag's, by Chrome.—Sweet Sleep.—* Sarah de Beranger.
Chas. Scribner's Sons:—Le Charmeur de Serpents, from the French of I.ouis Rousselet.—The Pilot of Ango, by Leon Cahun.—Journal d'un Voluntaire d'un Au, from the French of M. Vallery-Radat.
Cincinnati, Ohio. — The loss incurred by Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co., educational publishers, at the recent fire in their establishment is said to have been fully covered by the insurance.
Lansing, Mich.—Wesley Emery, bookseller, stationer, etc., has taken as a partner in his business, Wm. H. Forester, lor five years in the book irade as a partner of H. P. Hitchcock. They have just moved into a new four-story building, occupying the whole of it themselves, and will carry on the business under the name of Emery & Forester.
New York City.—Mr. J. Henry Harper, grandson of the late Mr. Fletcher Harper, became a partner in the firm of Harper & Bros. January 1st.
New York City.—A. J. Bicknell & Co., publishers, have dissolved partnership, J. C. Hutchings retiring. The business will be con
tinued by A. J. Bicknell and W. T. Comstock, under the name of Bicknell & Comstock.
Philadelphia, Pa.—Wm. H. Grevemeyerhas retired from the firm of Sower, Potts & Co., educational publishers, and has been admitted to that of David D. Elder & Co., booksellers, etc., the latter firm name being changed to Elder, Grevemever & Co.
Plain View, Minn.—P. A. Goddard & Co. have purchased the drug and book business of G. S. La Rue & Co.
South Paris, Me.—A. M. Gerry has opened a drug and book-store in the new Odd Fellows' Block. He also carries a full line of stationery, toys, and fancy goods.
St. Louis, Mo.—The partnership of Bryan, Brand & Co., publishers, expired January 1st by limitation. Wm. S. Bryan disposes of his interest to H. W. Brand, who will continue the business under the name of H. W. Brand & Co.
We had intended giving space this week to some discussion of the copyright question in its present phases, a matter which needs consideration in its home quite as much as in its international aspects. But there are two immediate dangers threatening the trade from legislation proposed in the present Congress that must be met at once if any action at all is to be taken, -both questions more pressing than that of copyright, though in the one case notunrelated to it.
The Postmaster-General recommended to Congress in his annual report (Publishers' WEEKLY, 7th Dec., 1878) such legislation as should permit “the delivery to addresses in this country free of customs duty of newspapers and other articles of printed matter received in the mails from foreign countries.” This seems on its face a simple recommendation, desirable on practicable grounds of common-sense. But what does it mean 2 The Post Office Department has already decided that foreign periodicals may be delivered through the mails to private subscribers but not to dealers who purpose to sell again. This ruling may or may not be continued under the proposed new legislation; even if it is not, such legislation proposes in effect a direct discrimination against American dealers and in
“Mr. Henry Stevens of Vermont,” residing and doing business in London as a book-agent, to declare that the restriction of the privilege of sending books duty free through the mails is a
blot on his native country, but how about those who remain in their native country and desire
to do business here 2 If an American pur
chaser desires a copy of the fine edition of Thackeray, let us say, he will not buy it of a
dealer in New York or Boston or Chicago, or
permit his local dealer to order it from them, if he can dodge a duty of 25 per cent by ordering direct from a dealer in London. The American
dealer cannot import this book in quantity so low as the American purchaser can buy it by
the single copy, because the former must pay
his 25 per cent ; nor can the American dealer do business at any profit to himself by ordering single copies sent to his customers by his London agent, or by making all his importations in
single copies through the mails, both evident
means of evading the injustice of the proposed method. The way out which suggests itself, at
first sight, to the uninitiated, is Prof. Seelye's finely generous measure of “free trade in books,” but the most absolute free-trader, who is also a fair-minded man, will not support a measure
which throws off a duty of 25 per cent on books,
and leaves a duty of 35 per cent more or less
on all the materials of books. The matter is also complicated with copyright relations. This whole line of questions has to be considered and
consistent legislation devised together, toward
which we shall make some practical suggestions in an early issue. Until a consistent plan. is provided, it seems to us the legislation proposed should be avoided ; and the Custom House should be more rather than less stringent, as has been found necessary recently with passengers' baggage, an exact parallel,-difficult as is a customs administration of the mails.
We suggest that the trade should take some practical steps of protest at once. It should not be forgotten, however, that the practical
convenience of receiving books through the
mails cannot wisely be denied to the private
citizen, provided the trade is not put at disadvantage by the remission of duties contemplated.
The other danger is stowed away in the new postal bill. The pending bill omits altogether not only the detailed proviso against merely advertising sheets, but also the proviso excluding “publications which are but books or reprints of books” from bulk rates. By this omission, not only are the cheap libraries given a privilege above the identical matter in other shape (as the Harper brown paper octavo), but there is nothing to prevent the admission at parts,—another blow at the regular trade which surely suffers enough already. It is somewhat extraordinary that the publishers represented in the Executive Committee of the Postal Conference indorsed this omission, which is not in the interests of " justice, simplicity, uniformity' at all, but the explanation is that they did not desire to take ground which should seem to be in selfish advocacy of their own immediate interests. The result is a decided injustice, against which also the book trade should enter protest. The provisos ought to be restored.
favor of dealers abroad. It is very well for bulk rates of subscription books issued in
We hope to see action on both these points inaugurated by leading members of the trade.
The monthly lists for November and December, necessarily crowded over in the rush of the end of the year, may be expected, as also the Index for vol. xiv., in our next issue.
HONORS TO AN EDITOR.
166 Boulevard Mont Parnasse, \
Dear Sir: In recognition of your eminent merits as an educational administrator, and especially as editor of the " Cyclopaedia of Education," which was one of the most valuable contributions to our Educational Exhibition, the Minister of Public Instruction has issued a decree constituting you Officer of the Academy.
I expect to be charged with the agreeable duty of placing in your hands the insignia of this Order of the University of France, consisting of a silver wreath of palm suspended from a purple ribbon, and a diploma, comprising a copy of the decree, signed by the minister.
I hasten to offer you my cordial congratulations on the reception of this well-merited decoration. The copies of the Cyclopaedia which your publisher [Mr. Steiger] so generously placed at my disposal have been presented to eminent officials, from whom very interesting acknowledgments have been received.
I beg to inclose a copy of the correspondence with the minister on this matter. Yours most truly,
Iohn D. Philbrick. Henry Kiddle, Esq., Officer of the Academy,
Superintendent of the Public Schools of New
The Health Reformer, published for four years at Battle Creek, Mich., by J H. Kellogg, changes its name after the 1st of January to Good Health, which we most sincerely hope it will enjoy.
Scrikner & Co. report that with the beginning of the new year St. Nicholas shows a gain in circulation of from fifteen to twenty per cent. Of the January number over 85,000 copies have been sold, and the publishers are still reprinting it. For February, 90,000 copies will be issued.
The issue of Robinson's Epitome of Literature for January 15th will be a number of especial interest, containing articles from Dr. S.Austin Allibone, Prof. R. B. Anderson, and eminent Shakespearian scholars, and its usual reviews
of new books, etc. It also promises the first instalment of articles in a new and unique department, of interest to all exchanges and general readers.
The Missionary Herald will enter its seventyfifth volume with the January number, in a new typographical dress, and with the added feature of illustrations. The January number will also contain a new map of Japan. This is the oldest monthly magazine in the United Slates, and under the management of Mr. Chas. Hutchins has become one of the largest in mail circulation in the United States or the world.
G. P. Putnam's Sons will add to their medical publications The Archives of Medicine, a bi-monthly journal, edited by Dr. E. C. Seguin, assisted by Drs. T. A. McBride, M. D. Mann, and L. A. Stimson, and which is planned to be in some measure a continuation of the Archives of Scientific and Practical Medicine, formerly issued by them under the editorship of Drs. Brown-Sequard and E. C. Seguin, and of the American Series of Clinical Lectures, edited by Dr. Seguin.
The February Scrioner's will be the midwinter issue, with a characteristic cover designed by Church. The frontispiece will be a portrait of Emerson, by Eaton and Cole, after the style of the Bryant and other portraits. The article to accompany it is entitled "The Homes and Haunts of Emerson," and will have several illustrations. R. H. Stoddard's Bryant memorial poem, "The Dead Master," will be given in this number, and E. C. Stedman will have a paper on "Aerial Navigation," which is a hobby with him.
On Thursday, Dec: 26, 1878, Wm. A. Stewart and Mary A. Burnett were married at Trinity Church, Morrisania, by the Rev. Albert Hull.
The late Henry S. King—of the English publishing house of Henry S. King & Co.—proves to have been the friend who wrote out Frederic W. Robertson's sermons for the press, from the preacher's rough drafts and the notes of his parishioners.
The third generation of the Harper family makes its entrance into the firm with the admission January 1st of Mr. J. Henry Harper, who has for some time held a leading position in the house. Mr. Harper is a grandson of Fletcher Harper, Sr., whose name reaches the fourth generation in connection with a young son of the former. Mr. J. H. Harper's work in the house has been especially important during the absences abroad of Mr. J. W. Harper, Jr., whose right hand he has been, and his own suggestiveness and taste have been directly exemplified in the binding and get-up of many of the most notable books issued within two years past. The firm is to be congratulated on this proof of the family ability in the third generation to which, in the words of its motto, the torch is passed along, and Mr. J. H. Harper on his well-earned recognition.
Mr. F. B. Patterson, known to many members of the book trade, has for some time devoted himself to a novel field of publishing— what may be called fine-art advertising. We have before us a number of striking and tasteful pamphlets, Christmas cards, and other devices, in which advertising is most ingeniously concealed, which sufficiently attest his ingenuity and skill in this field. The only criticism to be made is that so much of these qualities should be lavished in publications outside the sacred limits of the trade, though it must be confessed that these handsome covers attain a somewhat larger circulation (anywhere up to a quarter ot a million) than most they would on books in the hands of the trade.
A. J. Fisher has, as usual, a fine stock of valentines this year.
Geo. A. Raisbeck and Chas. S. Plummer deserve great credit for the get-up of their elegant New Year's calling card.
Mr. J. C. Middleton, for twenty-one years with the Methodist Book Concern, entered upon his duties as manager of the salesroom and business of Wemple & Kronheim on the 1st inst. He carries with him the best wishes of his many business friends. Messrs. Wemple & Kronheim have already begun on their art novelties for Easter, and will make, besides all their other specialties, fancy boxes for papeteries, gloves, etc.
V. E. Mauger & Petrie have reached what they consider " bottom prices" on their roundcornered indexed cards. The new price-list shows that No. 1S0, Steamships, has been restored to their lines with index and rounded corners, making this popular card still more desirable. No. 240 p is an entirely new line of Palace Steamboats, with elegant set pattern backs, and printed in a variety of brilliant colors, making them a very tasty and showy cheap card ; $24 per gross.
"thinkquick" is a new parlor game, published by R. H. Walker, N. Y., and sent us by C. D. Burbank, Jersey City. The game is played as follows: One person shuffles the cards and deals them equally among the players, who hold them printed side down until called. He then calls one of the following words, ' Bird," " Beast," "Fish," or " Fruit," and immediately counts ten. As quick as the call is made, each player must look at his top card, and the person whose card contains that word must give the name of something that was called before the caller counts Ten. For instance, the caller gives the word "Beast" and counts, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Before lie reaches " ten" the players whose top cards show the word Beast must give the name of any beast they happen to think of, such as Bear, Cow, Rhinoceros, etc. The other players are to keep quiet. The game may seem very simple, but if tried the players will soon find that they cannot "thinkquick" enough.
LITERARY AND TRADE NOTES.
The American Tract Society will issue in the early spring " A Thorny Path," by Hesba Stretton, having made special arrangements with the authoress for the same. It will also be issued as a serial by the Illustrated Christian Weekly at once.
J. B. Lippincott & Co. have just ready a fourth edition of Joel Cook's " Holiday Tour in Europe," which the Philadelphia Progress speaks of as "one of the most instructive and
best written books of travel that has of late been published in this country."
We call especial attention to the sale, at Messrs. Bangs' rooms, 20th January, of the library of the late Charles S. Hunt, of the New York Times, which is very rich in political economy, finance, etc. The sale, we believe, is for the benefit of Mr. Hunt's widow. The books have been catalogued by Mr. George P. Philes, and the neat catalogue is printed by Sears & Cole, who did the Odell catalogue.
Little, Brown & Co. have just published a law book covering very much the same ground as Lippitt's Massachusetts Criminat Law, "A Practical Treatise on the Authority and Duties ef Trial Justices, District, Police, and Municipal Courts in Criminal Cases. With Forms in Criminal Proceedings, and Precedents of Complaints, Indictments, and Special Pleas," by Franklin Fiske Heard, Esq., of Boston.
Dodd, Mead & Co. will open the new year with the promised Life of Bishop Cummins, an octavo of several hundred pages, with two portraits and other illustrations, which will be especially notable as giving a history of the origin and development of the Reformed Episcopal Church movement,of which church Dr. Cummins was the first bishop. A new novel by Martha Finley, whose Elsie Books have had a sale of nearly 50,000 copies, is promised by this house under the title of " Signing the Contract."
Mr. B. R. Curtis, author of "Dottings Round the Circle," has for some time been engaged in editing a volume which will be published in a few weeks by Little, Brown & Co. It will contain a memoir of Judge Benj. R. Curtis, father of the editor, written by the judge's brother, Hon. George Ticknor Curtis, now of New York; also a selection from the judicial and miscellaneous writings of Judge Curtis, who is distinctly remembered by the legal profession as one of the ablest and soundest jurists this country has produced.
•'the American Almanac and Treasury of Facts, 1879." by A. R. Spoffonl, is nearly readv at the American News Company's. The volume for this year is substantially a new work, and gives much prominence to the great industries of the United States, its commerce with other nations, and its leading agricultural staples and their markets at home and abroad. It comains also a vast mass of miscellaneous slatistics embodying the essence of hundreds of volumes of public documents and other books which made the previous volume so very useful; also the full vote at the general election of 1S7S.
Macmillan & Co. are just sending out to the trade two important books received too late for the winter season, the comprehensive and valuable book on "Coal, its History and Uses," by Profs. Thorpe and others, fully illustrated, and an interesting volume of travel and adventure in Southern India, "Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier," also fully illustrated, by "Maori" (James Inglis). They expect at once two beautiful books which should have been here for the holiday trade, the illustrated edition of Waterton's " Wanderings in South America" and the "Journal of a Tour in Marocco," bv Sir Joseph Hooker and John Ball ; also, the es say on Dante by Very Rev. R. W. Church, including a translation of his " De Monarchia."
SHOPPELLS' WOOD CUTS
Irving Putnam, 182 Fifth Ave., N. Y.
Memory and Hope. Ticknor &. F., 1851.
Medical Repository, conducted by S. L. Mitchell & E. Miller. Vol. 3, 8°. N. Y., 1805 (?)
Bethune's Orations and Addresses. 1853 (?)
Marquis of Letorriere. Nichols & Hall.
De Vere's Philology.
Pilsen's Complete Reference in Book-keeping.
Squier and Davis' Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley.
Republic of Letters. Published periodically, 1834-36.
Any special books of places of summer resort in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Captain Mago (several copies).
Capt. Cook's Voyages.
Briuan's Art of Magic.
Barnum's Struggles and Triumphs.
Cushing's Reminiscences of Spain.
A. Williams & Co., 283 Washington St., Boston.
BUSINESS FOR SALE.
AN old established book, stationery, and wall-paper store in one of the best Western cities of 16,000 inhabitants. Good cash trade. A rare bargain offered. Address H. G., No. 16 Walnut St., Cleveland, Ohio.
BOOK AND STATIONERY business wanted in a town of 3,000 to 6,000 inhabitants. Send full particulars of business done, and cash down, to Alexander Mercer, Ingersoll, Canada.
NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT RENEWAL.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, to wit: Be it remembered that on the 2d of January, 1879, G. P. Quackenbos, of New York, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the title or description of which is in the following words, to wit: "First Lessons in Composition, in which the Principles of the Art are developed in connection with the Principles of Grammar: embracing full directions on the subject of Punctuation, with copious Exercises. By G. P. Quackenbos, LL.D. Two Hundredth Thousand. New \ork: D. Appleton & Company. 1878 :" the right whereof he claims as Author and Proprietor, in conformity with the laws of the United States respecting Copyrights.
A. R. Spofford, Librarian of Congress. In renewal for fourteen years from January 23, 1879, when the first term of twenty-eight yeirs will have expired.
BY a young German bookseller ; salary no consideration chief object, opportunity for making himself familiar with the American book trade. Address Hofman, office •'Publishers' Weekly."
BOOKS FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE.
AS. CLARK, 66 Nassau St., N. Y., dealer in second• hand school-books. Back numbers of 56,789 different periodicals for sale cheap.
137 Eiglitti si. (opp. Mercantile Library), New YorK.
R. W. Shoppell begs to say to publishers that with his stock of cuts on hand (ever ao,oco), and those he can procure, he undertakes to illustrate books and papers of every description, at low prices.
H. W. BRAND & CO.'S
HISTORY OF THE MISSOURI CONFEDERATE
BRIGADES, AND FROM WAKARUSA TO Api'omattox.
By Col. R. S. Bkviek. 8vo, 500 pp., cloth, $2.50.
TO THE EAST, BY WAY OF THE WEST. A Delightful Volume of Travels around the World. By the late Bishop E. M. Marvin. Illustrated. i2mo, cloth, $2. 20th thousand.
SERMONS. By the late Bishop Marvin, nmo, cloth, $3.
MONEY IS POWER. An able Work on Finance, by Judge R. \V. Jones. lamo, cloth, $1.50
COMMONWEALTH OF MISSOURI. Embracing a "History of the State," by Hon. W. F. Switzthr. 4i Archaeology," an elaborate and interesting history of the Mounds and Mound-Builders, by Prof. A. J. Conant. "Physical Geography," by G. C. Swallow, LL.D. "Education," by \V. T. Harris, LL.D., Superintendent of St. Louis Schools. Popular Edition, 8vo, cloth, handsomely illustrated, price $3. The same, with biographies and 40 steel plates of prominent men, $6.
LIFE OF GENERAL WM. S. HARNEY. By L. U.
intense interest in our national life."—Gen. Sherman.
on receipt of the price, by the publishers,
H. "W"_ Zbzr-a-zdntid & CO.,
Sucessors to Bryan, Brand & Co.,
62B OLIVE STREET, ST. LOUIS, MO.
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A. WOKHL OF INTENSE INTEREST!
DO THEY LOVE US YETP
By Mrs. CORNELIUS W. LAWRENCE.
A highly interesting work upon a subject of the most vital importance to every one—that of the Spiritual Relation of the Dead to the Living—by a well-known member of society in this city, the publication of which has been a long looked for event. »*» Early orders from the Trade solicited.
JAMES 7III.MK, Publisher, 779 Broadway, opposite A. T. Stewart A c»/».