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WEEKLY RECORD OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

In this list, the titles in brevier are direct transcriptions from books actually received, according to the rules of the American Library Association; those in nonpareil are from the best information available, and will bt repeated in brevier when the book is received for registry. ..,,»..

The notes followed by a number are those which are sent out on printed title-slips* as revised by the Library Association authorities; unless bracketed, which means that they have not yet been so revised. Those not followed by a number are on the sole authority of the Weekly, and are not included in the title-slip registry.

The abbreviations are usually self-explanatory. A colon after initial designates the most usual given name, *s- A- Augustus; B: Benjamin; C; Charles; D: Daniel; E: Edward; F: Frederic; G; George; H; Henry; I: Isaac - J- John; L; Louis; N: Nicholas; P: Peter; R: Richard; S: Samuel; T; Thomas; W: William.

Sizes are designated as follows; F. {folio; over 30 centimeters high); Q. (tfo: under 30 cm.); O. {%vo ; 35 cm.); D.Uimo; 20cm.); S. (16m o; 17% cm.); T. {i^mo; 15 cm.); Tt. (z*mo; 12H cm.}; Fe. (4Smo; \o cm.). So..obi, mar., designate souare, oblong, narrow books of these heights. Where figure instead of letter symbols are used, the record is from publisher's designation, and not measurement.

Imported books are marked with an asterisk; authors'1 and subscription books, or books published at net p'ica, with two asterisks ; educational books published at " wholesale'1 prices, with a dagger.

Cherubini and his predecessors, Mehul, Spontini, Havely,
Boieldieu and Auber, Meyerbeer, Gounod; illustrated by
numerous anecdotes, and popularly written.

Forrester, Mrs. —. Rhona: a novel. Phil..
Lippincott, 1879. 385 p. D. cl.,$i 50.

Adams, W: H. Davenport. The secret of success ; or, how to get on in the world ; with remarks upon true and false success, and art of making best use of life: Amer. ed.% ed. by P. G. H. N. Y., G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1879. 10 + 389 p. D. cl.t $1.50.

Practical advice and suggestions for young men beginning life : 4esiEncd to encourage, stimulate, and warn; illustrated by numerous anecdotes. Chapters on: Time and its uses ; Aims in life; A steady purpose ; The three P]s—

functuality, prudence^ perseverance; Business habits; business men and business notes; The race and the athlete ; Self-help; Reasonable service and true success. Index.

Agassiz, Mrs. Elizabeth C A first lesson in natural history. New ed. Bost., Ginn & Heath, 1879. °4 P* T. il. (Guides for scienceteaching, no. 4.) pap., f35 c.

Gives in narrative form, for very young children, a general history of hydroids, corals, and echinoderms ; belonging to "Natural history stories.'* Written twenty years ago, under direction of Prof. Louis Agassiz.

Alden, Jos., D.D. Thoughts on the religious life ; with introd. "by W: Cullen Bryant. N. Y., G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1879. 160, cl.t$i.

Beecher, Mrs. H: W. Letters from Florida. N. Y., Appleton, 1879. 85 p. 11. S. cl., 50 c.

6 letters, entitled : A home and work for all; Castles in Spain ; Lift up the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees ; What has been done, and can be done again ; What have you to say about malarial fever?; Seek the truth in private homes, not in hotel life. Appendix on: Orange-growing in Florida; Remarkable fountain in Florida Products of western Florida. Bennett, D. M., see Trial.

Chamberlain, Miss P. B. The mistress of the house. N. Y., T: Y.Crowell, [1879]. 244 p. il. S. cl., $1.25.

Story for young girls; a mother is called from her home, and leaves her daughter of fifteen, who is a Christian, to keep house for the step-father and his son, who are not Christians; the history of her endeavors, and the good results. Clay, Bertha M. Lady Darner's secret: a novel. N. Y.

G. W. Carleton & Co,, 1879. 429 p. 12°. cl., $1.50.

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Denison, Mrs. Mary Andrews,

author of " That husband of mine.

Globe Printing and Pub. House.

pap., 75 c. Dumas, Alex. Spell-bound: a novel. N. Y

Carleton & Co., 1879. 247 p. 160. cl., 75 c.

Ellinwood, March. A year at Poplar Row. N. Y., T: Y. Crowell, [1879]. 277 p. il. S. cl., $1.25.

Story of the experiences of a young girl who goes to live a year with a wealthy aunt on whom a great sorrow has fallen; designed to show the power and influence a cheerful, sunny Christian may exert over thr home ol a sad, stern, religious woman.

Elliott, F. R. Handbook for fruit growers, made for those who grow fruit for their own use ; with addenda treating on muvering shrubs, roses, etc. New ed. Rochester, N. Y., D. M. Dewey, 1879. 138 p. il. 160. pap., 60 c.

Ferris, G: T. The great Italian and French

composers. N. Y., Appleton, 1879. 248 p.

S. (Appleton's new handy-v. ser., no. 28.) cl.,

60 c.; pap., 30 c.

Biographical and critical sketches of Palestrina, Piccini, PaUiello, and Cimarosa, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi,

English society novel, dealing chiefly with love and marriage ; heroine's too exacting love for her husband the point on which plot turns; scenes from fashionable life in the city and country. Gilbert, W: S. H.M.S. Pinafore ; or, the lass that loved

a sailor: nautical opera in 2 acts. With por. of principal

characters in costume. N. Y.? G. W. Carleton & Co..

1879. 46 p. 160. pap., 10 c. Gripper, C: F. Railway tunnelling in heavy ground.

N. Y., E. & F. N. Spon, 1879. C6 p. 3 pi. 40. cl., *$3

Hamerton, Philip Gilbert, and others. Higher education and a common language, N.Y., A. S. Barnes & Co., [1879]. I2° P- 0. (Atlas ser., no. 9.) pap., 40 c.

7 essays: International communication by language, by P. Gt Hamerton; The reform in higher education ; Upper schools, by Pres. McCosh; Study of the Greek and Latin : classics, by C: Elliott ; The university system in Italy, by ; Prof. Angelo de Gubernatis; Universal education, by Ray ! Palmer; Industrial art education in the U. S., by Eaton S. t Drone. j Hammond, W: A. Fasting girls: their physiology and

pathology. N. Y., G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1870. 76 p.

120. flex. 75 c. 1 Hazletine, Mayo W. American woman in Europe;

[also] Keys to N. Y. society. N. Y., Am. News Co.,

1879. 85 p. sq. 160. pap., 50 c.

Hodge, C: D.D. Conference papers; or, analyses of discourses, doctrinal and practical; delivered on Sabbath afternoons to the students of the Theological Seminar}'. Princeton, N. J. N. Y., C: Scribner's Sons, 1879. 15 + 373 p. O. cl.,$3.

Grouped under 10 headings, entitled : God and his a tt retributes; Christ, his person and offices; The Holy Spirit and his offices; Satan and his influence—sin and sins; Conversion—entrance upon the Christian life; Christian experiences, characteristics and privileges; Christian responsibilities and'duties ; The means of grace—the Scriptures, ministry, sacraments, etc. ; Death, and the consummation of redemption; Last words—papers prepared during the last year of his life.

Hull, Asa. Wreath of praise. N. Y. and Cine., J. Church & Co., 1879. Obi. 120. bds., 35 c. ; pap., 25 c.

Jerome, Ferris. High-water mark: a novel. Phil., Lippincott, 1879- 12°. cl., $1.50.

KeerayefF, P. Tables of the principal speeds occurring in mechanical engineering, expressed in meties, in a second; tr. by Sergius Kern. N. Y., E. Hi F. N. Spon, 187(1. 19 P180. pap., *2o c.

Kimball, Elijah H. The Gospels in poetry. N. Y., G. W. Carleton *fc Co., 1879. 500 p. 12°. cl.. Si.50.

Kitchen boiler and water pipes: their arrangement and management, especially their treatment during frost, and how to avoid explosions. N. Y., E. & F. N. Spon, 187915 p. pi. 8°. pap., *4oc.

Iieflftllgwell, Rev. C. W., ed. Reading book of English classics, for use in schools. N. Y., G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1879. ia*. cl., $1.50.

Nightingale, A. F., ed. Handbook of requirements for admission to the colleges of the U. S.; with miscellaneous addenda. N. Y., Appleton, 1879. 8°. cl., $1.

Our first baby ; or, infelicities of our honeymoon. N. Y.. Collin & Co., 1879. 64 p. il. sq. 8°. pap., 20 c.

Fayn, Ja. Under one roof: an episode in a family history: a novel. N. Y., Harper, l879- 75 P- ©• (Franklin 9q. lib., no. 53.) pap., 15 c.

The usual English novel, with two or three love affairs,

-some mystery and crime, and scenes from middle-class life

in that country.

Rattan, Volney. A popular California flora; or, manual for beginners. San Francisco, A. L. Bancroft & Co., 1879. 103 p. sq. 40. cl., $1.

Rayne, Mrs. M. Louise. Fallen among thieves: a summer tour. N. Y., G. W. Carleton 8t Co., 1879. 351 p.

19*. cl., $1.50.

Shakespeare, W: Tragedy of Hamlet; with introd. and notes explanatory and critical, for use in schools and classes, by Rev. H: N. Hudson. Bost., Ginn & Heaih, 1879. 18 + 258 p. sq. S. (Annotated English classics.) cl , 75 c.

New edition from new stereotype plates, with addition of introd. and critical notes. Introd. discusses: history of play; source of plot; general characteristics; political oasis of action; Hamlet's madness, his alleged defect of will, why he does not strike the king, etc. ; the characters of I-aertes, the king, ghost, Horatio, Polonius, Ophelia, queen, etc. Explanatory notes at bottom of page ; critical notes 4ju p.) at end of volume.

Squibb, E: R. Proposed legislation on adulteration of food and medicine :.rough draft of proposed law to prevent adulteration of food and medicine, and to create a State board of health, with expl. and illustrations of the principal points of the law; from Transactions of the Med. Soc. of N. V. 18 79; [also] Notes in reply to criticisms by the press: the British *' Sales of food and drugs act of 1875," with notices of some rulings of the British court. N. Y., G.' P. Putnam's Sons, 1879. 57 p. D. (Economic monographs, no. 14.) pap., 25 c.

'Stockton, Frank R. Rudder Grange. N. Y.,
C: Scribner's Sons, 1879. 8 + 270 p. S. cl.,
$1.25.
Humorous account of the adventures of a young couple

who go to housekeeping on a small income; papers origi

'iially published in Scribner^s Monthly.

Symonds,J: Addington. Renaissance in Italy: the fine arts. N. Y., Holt, 1879. M + 55° P0- cl., $3.50.

Defines the relation of the Italian arts to the main movement of Renaissance culture ; explains their dependence on mediaeval Christianity at their commencement, their gradual emancipation from ecclesiastical control, and their final attainment of freedom at the culmination of the classical revival. Chapters on: The problem for the fine arts; Architecture; Sculpture; Painting; Venetian painting ; Life of Michael Angelo; Life of Benvenuto Cellini; The Epigoni. 3 appendices on : The pulpits of Pisa and Ravello;

Michael Angelo's sonnets ; and, Chronological tables of trie principal artists mentioned in volume. Index (16 p.) (not contained in English edition).

Taine, H: A. History of English literature; tr. by H: Van Laun. Complete in 1 v. N. Y., J: W. Lovell, 1879.

750 p. 12°. Cl., $I-50.

Trial of D. M. Bennett in the U. S. Circuit Court, Judge C; L. Benedict presiding, N. Y., March 18-21, 1879, upon charge of depositing prohibited matter in the mails; reported by S. B. Hinsdale. N. Y., The Truth Seeker office, [1879]. 8 + 5-189 p. D. cl., 50 c.; pap., 30 c.

Tucker, Rev. H. W, Memoirs of the life and episcopate of G: Augustus Selwyn, D.D., bishop of New Zealand, 1841-1869 ; bishop of Lichfield^ 1869-1878. N. Y., Pott, Young & Co., 1879. 1 v. por., Hthos., and maps. 8°. cl., $10.

Uncle Sam-ec and his little Chinee. N. Y., Collin & Co., 1879. 32 p. 120. pap., to c.

Vail, A. D. Greek literature. N. Y., Phillips & Hunt, 1879. 128 p. 24°. (Chautauqua text-books, no. 6.) pap., 20 c.

Vaughan, Victor C. Lecture notes on chemical physi

Arbor, 3i5 P

ology and pathology, id ed., rev. and enl. Ann Arbor, Mich., Ann Arbor Printing and Pub. Co., 1879.

:!., $2.

Warren, S. E: Drafting instruments and operations; in 4 divisions: 1, Instruments and materials; 2, Fundamental operations;

3, Plane problems and practical exercises;

4, Elements of taste in geometrical drawing: text-book for schools, and artisans' classes, and for self-instruction. 2d ed., rev. and enl. with new pi. and wood-cuts. N. Y., J: Wiley & Sons, 1879. 12 + 152 p. O. (Industrial science drawing, no. 2.)cl., $1.25.

Teaches correct practice in the execution of finished mechanical drawings by full instructions, applied in varied exercises. 7 plates and a selection of 50 of the most commonly useful plane geometrical problems added to present edition. First issued in 1864.

Weigall, C: H. The art of figure drawing, cont. practical instructions for a course of study in this branch of art; with 17 il. on wood by author and eng. by W. G. Mason; from 21st London ed., ed. by Susan N. Carter. N. Y., G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1879. 53 p. S. (Putnam's art hand-books, no. 4.) bds., 50 c. Rules and illustrations given in simple, direct language; information and suggestions added in foot-notes by American editor, the principal of the Woman's Art School, Cooper Union. Chapters on: Lines, Proportion, The arm, Female figure. Foot, Hand, Front face, 1 he eye and ear, Nose and mouth, The profile head. Expression, Method of outline, Drawing from the living figure.

ORDER

American News Co., N. Y.

Hazeltine, American woman in Europe.. 50

D. Appleton & Co., N. Y.

Beecher, Mrs., Letters from Florida 50

Ferris, Great Italian and French composers 60 c.; 30

Nightingale, Handbook of requirements.$1.00

A. L. Bancroft & Co., San Francisco.

Rattan, Popular California flora 1.00

A S. Barnes & Co., N. Y.

Hamerton, Higher education 40

G. W. Carleton & Co., N. Y.

Clay, Lady Darner's secret 1.50

Dumas, Spell-bound 75

Gilbert, H.M.S. Pinafore lo

Kimball, Gospels in poetry 1.50

Rayne, Fallen among thieves 1.50

LIST.

John Church & Co., Cine, and N. Y.

Hull, Wreath of praise 35 c.; 25

Collin & Co., 59 Beelcman St., N. Y.

Our first baby 20

Uncle Sam-ee 10

T. Y. Crowell, N. Y.

Chamberlain, Mistress of the house $1.25

Ellinwood, Year at Poplar Row 1.25

D. M. Dewey, Rochester, N. Y.

Elliott, Handbook for fruit growers, n. e.. 60

Ginn & Heath, Boston.

Agassiz, First lesson in nat. hist., n. e.net 35 Shakespeare, Hamlet, ed. by Hudson.... 75

Globe Print. & Pun. House, Washington, D.C. Denison, Erin go bragh $1.50; 75

Hari'er & Bros., N. Y. Payn, Under one roof (F. S. L., 53) 15

Henry Holt & Co., N. Y. Symonds, Renaissance in Italy $3.50

J. B. Lippincott & Co., Phil.

Forrester, Rhona 1.50

Jerome, High-water mark 1.50

John W. Lovell, N. Y. Taine, History of Eng. lit., in 1 v 1.50

Phillips & Hunt, N. Y. Vail, Greek literature 20

Pott, Young & Co.. N. Y. Tucker, Memoirs of G. A. Selwyn, 2 v... 10.00

G. P. Putnam's Sons, N. Y.

Adams, Secret of success 1.50

Alden, Thoughts on religious life 1.00

Hammond, Fasting girls ;s

Leffingwell, Reading book of English

classics $1 50

Squibb. Adulteration of food S5

Weigall, Figure drawing 50

Chas. Scribner's Sons, N. Y.

Hodge, Conference papers 3.00

Stockton, Rudder Grange I.jj

E. & F. N. Si-on, N. Y.

Gripper, Railway tunnelling 3.00

Keerayeff, Principal speeds 20

Kitchen boiler and water pipes 40

"truth Seeker" Office, N. Y.

Trial of D. M. Bennett 50 c.; 30

Victor C. Vaughan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Vaughan, Chemical physiology, 2ded.... 2.00

John Wiley & Sons, N. Y.

Warren, Drafting instruments 1.25

ANNOUNCEMENTS OF FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS.

RE SOL VED, That this Convention recognize tht Publishers' Weekly as the established organ if the entire trade, and recommend it to publishers as the medium through which they should make their "frit announcement " of books they piopose to publish, and the full title of all books immediately on publication.American Book-trade Association.

AMERICAS NEWS CO., N. Y. Chats about new books, by Mayo W. Hazeltine. Sent to Coventry, and, A Queen of Spades. By Mayo W. Hazletine.

CHARLES A. LILLEY, N. T.

The household book of gummed labels, for everything used in the house, preserves, pickels, seeds, medicines, etc., [also] tags for baskets, bundle-, bags, etc., alphabetically arranged in elates.

LINDSAY & BLAXI8T0N, Phila.

The art of perfumery, by G. W. Septimus Piesse, Ph.D., F.C.S., *\tk ed. enlarged, 40 woodcuts.

PORTER & OOATES. Phila.
Famous horses of America, new ed., il. 40, cl., $1.50.
The garland: coll. of religious poems, sel. by Eliza P.

Gurney, ia#.
Shakespeare's complete works, Fireside ed., roy. 8°,

PETEE G. THOMPSON, Oino.

Sixteen saviours or one? the gospels not Brahmanic, by

John T. Perry. (About May 10.) . Guide to the examination of urine, with special reference to the diseases of the urinary apparatus, by K. B. Hoffmann and R. Ultzmann, from the -2d ed., tr. and ed. by F. Forchheimer, M.D. (About June 10.)

PUBLISHERS' PRIORITY CLAIMS.

From the New York Commercial Advertiser for the week ending Afrit 22.

April 17. Roberts Bros. :—The Chimney Corner.—Wit, Wisdom, and Pathos of Heine.—Basildon, by Mrs. A. W. Hunt.—

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, by Louis Stevenson.—A Nook in the Apennines, by Leander Scott.— Londoniana, by Edward Walford.—The Ingenious Knight Don Quixote de la Mancha. by Cervantes. Translated from the original by A. J. Duffield

April 18.

D- Appleton & CO.:—Forstmeister, by Berthold Auerbach.

April Si.

Harper & Bros. :—Lectures on French Poets, by W. N. Pollock.—Basildon.—Catchine a Tartar.—Won, but Lost. —The Master of Red Leaf.—Readings from English History, selected and edited by John Richard Green.—Crawford.—Orange Lily.—The Cabul Insurrection of 1S41-:

April 22.

Harper & Bros. :—The Four Gospels in English Verse,. by Clara Virginia Hodges.—Readings from English History, ed. by J. Richard Green.

Houghton, Osgood & Co. :—The Four Gospels in English Verse, with notes by Clara Virginia Hodges.

J. B. Lippincott & Co.: — In the Schillfngscourt. from the German of E. Marlitt, by Mrs. A. L. Wister— Round the World in Six Months, by Colonel E. S. Bridges.—Madelon, by Mrs. Leith Adams.

G. P. Putnam's Sons :—Common Mind Troubles, by J. Mortimer Granville,.M.D.

Roberts Bros.:—Greene Feme Farm, by the author of "The Gamekeeper at Home."—On the Choice of Book*, by Frederick Harrison.

Charles Scribner's Sons :—Memoirs of Prince Metternich. by his son. Prince Richard Mettemich and Hofraih Alfons von Klinkowstrom. — A History of Our 0»n Times, by Justin McCarthy.—The River of Golden Sandt by Captain Gill, R.E.—A Memory of Thomas Moore, br S. C. Hall.

RECENT ENGLISH PUBLICATIONS..

Hebert, C—The Lord's Supper: Uninspired Teaching.
2 vols. 8°. Seeley afis.

Klein, E., and E. N. Smith. -
40. Smith, Elder & Co.

McCoan, J. C—Our New Protectorate : Turkey in Asia,
its Geography, etc. 2 vols. cr. 8°. Chapman & Hall.14s-

V..1.

Export Merchant Shippers of London, Manchester, etc., 1879. 8°. Dean 12s. 6d,

Gebler, K. v.—Galileo Galilei and the Roman Curia, translated by Mrs. G. Sturge. 8°. C. K. Paul & Co. 12s.

Gosse, E. TV.—Studies in the Literature of Northern Europe. 8°. C. Kegan Paul & Co las.

Grant, F. "W.—Facts and Theories as to a Future State. Cr. 8°. Holmes 4s. 6d.

-Atlas of histology, part 1, U.

McNeile, Dean, Collected Works. relative to the Jews. 8*. Hodder...

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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 hook 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 be gratefully received.

In case of business changes, notification or card should be immediately sent to this office for entry under " Business Notes." New catalogues issued will also be mentioned when forwarded.

"Every man is a debtor to his profession, from the which, as men do of course seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves by way of amends to be a kelp thereunto."Lord Bacon.

STATE TEXT-BOOKS AGAIN.

The text-book bill, which we reprint in full elsewhere, passed the New York State Senate on Monday of this week with only three' negative votes. In commenting on this bill, passed with such extraordinary unanimity, the Evening Post says:

"While a frequent change of school text books is an evil against which complaint is often justly made, it is questionable whether or not this bill furnishes the best remedy. In the first place, it will entail great expense by requiring the introduction of an entirely new set of books in almost all parts of the state. The books in use are the result of great competition, and entirely new ones will run a great risk of being inferior to them. But, as the present books are protected by copyright, the books proposed would have to be prepared (rom original sources, unless the publishers of some of those now in use should obtain the contract, and even with the supervision of the state Superintendent there will be great danger that the books chosen will after trial be found unsatisfactory. We see no reason why the professed object of this bill—stability—may not be secured simply by providing that when the school authorities of a district have selected their text-books these books shall not be changed oftener than once in five years, and then only with the consent of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.''

This puts the sensible view of the case—and the publishers' view as well as the public's—in a nutshell. The possibility of capturing the entire state may be a fascinating temptation to a school-book publisher, or to one ambitious of

that distinction, but the bill, if it should become a law, would introduce a system equally disastrous to the makers and to the users of school-books.

We reprint, in this connection, the extract from the Educational Weekly (Chicago) for the especial purpose of calling attention to the popular view of school-book publishing which is here not unfairly represented. (Since then, this journal has practically "taken it all back" in a second editorial article.) Much of what it says is so far from the mark as to be amusing, but the representation of public feeling and the remarks on the future of educational publishing, under the present reckless system of agency expenditures, are scarcely exaggerated. The educational publishers are themselves responsible for the idea that the business is one of outrageous profits, by the abominations of the agency system. As a matter of fact, taking the business together, it is probable that such expenditures last year absorbed the entire profits of the school-book publishers. The current tendency to extreme and mistaken legislation and the present public prejudice can be met only by such steps on the part of leading educational publishers as will bring about a more sensible method of doing business and so assure a "future for this branch of the trade.

This is the age of improvements. The telephone being now an established institution, the next is the pneumatic tube for private express service. Such a tube is now in process of construction along Printing House Square, New York, connecting the Herald, Staats Zeitung, and the intermediate daily newspaper offices.

As this is the season of removals, we would ask those in the trade who have moved or are about to move to send us their new addresses, with a view to making a reference-list.

BOOKSELLERS' AND STATIONERS' PROVIDENT ASSOCIATION.

At a meeting of the Board, held at 25 Bond Street, Wednesday evening, April 24th, the following notification was ordered made:

Office Of The Secretary, ( New York, April 24, 1879. j A special meeting of this Association will be held at the Trade-Sale Rooms of Messrs. Geo. A. Leavitt & Co., Clinton Hall, New York, on Thursday, May 1st, 1S79, at S p.m.

The Constitution as amended by the Board of Trustees will be submitted to the Association for final action thereon.

A full attendance of all the members is respectfully requested.

J. F. VoGELIUS, Secretaiy.

THE iNEW YORK STATE TEXT-BOOK BILL. The following is the New York text-book bill, as reported by the Senate Committee. It passed the Senate Monday, April 22d, with but three negative votes.

Section I. The comptroller, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction of the State of New York are hereby authorized and directed as a board to advertise for proposals, and to enter into, let, and award a contract to the bidder, who, after giving good and sufficient bond, in the penal sum of not less than twenty-five thousand dollars, for the full and faithful performance of such contract, shall offer and agree to sell to all persons within this Stale at the lowest price at all times for a term of fifteen years the following text-books, provided that such books shall not be sold at a greater price than stated below: speller, not to exceed fifteen cents; first reader, not to exceed ten cents; second reader, not to exceed twenty cents; third reader, not to exceed thirty cents; fourth reader, not to exceed forty cents; first grammar, not to exceed twenty-five cents; practical grammar, not to exceed fifty cents; first arithmetic, not to exceed twelve cents; second arithmetic, not to exceed twenty-five cents; third arithmetic, not to exceed fifty cents; first geography, not to exceed fifty cents; second geography, not to exceed eighty cents; book of history, not to exceed one dollar and fifty cents.

Sec. 2. Said contract shall also provide that the books aforesaid shall be equal in size and quality, as to matter and material, to the following text-books now in general use, to wit: The speller to Parker & Watson's national speller; the first, second, third, and fourth readers, equal to Harvey's first, second, third, and fourth readers; the first and second grammars, equal to Clark's brief grammar, and Clark's practical grammar; the three books of arithmetic, equal to Robinson's primary, intellectual, and practical arithmetic; the two books of geography, equal to Cornell's primary and intermediate geography; the one book of history, equal to Barnes' brief history. The quality in matter and material of said books shall be determined by the superintendent of public instruction.

Sec. 3. Said contract shall also provide that books shall be delivered to the express office or freight office in this State where the contractor shall be doing business, packed and directed at the prices named in the contract, and not exceeding those designated in the first section of this act, and that orders for books from trustees of school districts shall be given preference as to time in filling orders, over orders of dealers or other persons.

Sec. 4. The text of all the books enumerated in such contract shall be subject, not oftener than once in each period <if five years, to such revision and alteration as the superintendent of public instruction shall direct.

Sec. 5. When a sufficient number of the textbooks herein provided for are ready for sale, the superintendent shall issue an order declaring such text-books to be the regularly adopted text-books for the public schools'of the State, and shall give such time as he shall deem proper for the substitution of the books herein provided for for the books then in use, and he shall trans

mit a printed copy of his order to the trustee or trustees of every school district, and the board of education of everv union free school district in the state, by sending sufficient copies to school commissioners, who shall transmit them to the town clerks by whom they shall be transmitted to the trustees and boards of education. After the expiration of the time designated in the order of the superintendent, any trustee or member of a board of education who shall permit the habitual use in the school or schools under or partly under his charge, of any reading book, speller, grammar, arithmetic, geography, or history other than those directed to be used by the order of the superintendent, without the special permission of the superintendent, shall thereby become liable to removal from office, and it shall be the duty of the superintendent to so remove such offending trustee or member of a board of education.

Sec. 6. In case said contractor, his personal representatives or assigns, shall at any time fail to fulfil any of the terms of said contract on his part to be observed, the entire penal sura thereof shall at once become due and owing to the state, and it shall be the duty of the attorney-general to cause suit to be instituted in the name of the stale, to enforce the liability on the bond aforesaid of the principal and sureties thereon ; and the board provided for by section 1 of this act are hereby empowered, in case of such failure, to annul and set aside said contract and to again, and with full power, force, and effect, advertise and award as provided for by sections 1, 2, and 3 of this act.

Sec. 7. The inhabitants of any district, at an annual or special meeting thereof, may authorise the trustee or trustees to purchase direct from the contractor, for the use of the school or schools of such district, sufficient of said books for all the pupils, and may vote a tax to pay for the same and for the transportation thereof.

Sec. 8. But this act shall not be construed to prevent pupils who have advanced beyond the studies embraced in said books from using other books, and this act shall not be obligatory upon boards of education acting under special charters.

Sec. C). This act shall take effect immediately.

A LIVELY VIEW OF STATE TEXTBOOKS

From the Educational Weekly (Chicago).

It may be said that it will be difficult for a commission to compile these text-books, that the talent may be wanting in Illinois, and that the law would, through incapacity or disagreement, be inoperative. Well, now, if there are three experienced teachers in Illinois who could not. during the next summer vacation, draft a better series of school-books than any, and belter series than all of those now in use in Chicago, for instance, they would deserve to be kicked across the big bridge and compelled to spend the rest of their days in the deplorable state of Missouri. If enterprising publishers can do no better than this, is it not time for the state to take hold and lift us out of this slough of extraordinarily defective and exorbitantly expensive text-books?

It may be said that it is not good public policy to have the state compete with private enterprise, and that the publishers already in the field have vested rights. The same line of argument

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