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LITERARY BUREAU. MACMILLAN'S NEW BOOKS* Already 25,000 copies of Mr. Rudyard Kipling's new volume of stories, "The Day's Work, have been sold in the brief time that has elapsed since the date of publication (Oct. 7th), and a second issue was called for within a few days of that date. Fortunately the publishers were prepared for the phenomenal demands upon them, and no delay was incurred in supplying the^public. Dr. Moritz Busch's work on Bismarck," which, upon its appearance, created so great a sensation in England and Germany, has already run through some thousands of copies, and the demand for these secret pages" from the great Chancellor's life bids fair to become remarkable. This might have been expected, considering the many startling contributions to the secret history of European politics which it contains, as well as the drastic portraiture and opinions of the chancellor himself in connection with nearly all of those with whom he had dealings. The heavy run, both in England and the Colonies, upon the cheap one-volume edition of Lord Roberts' "Forty-one years in India continues, and several thousand copies have been disposed of since the date of publication. It is expected that as many more will be sold within the same space of time. A remarkable career for a book which is now in its thirtieth edition. Messrs. Macmillan have just published a story by an anonymous writer entitled, Elizabeth and her German Garden," which is already beginning to take a hold upon the public by means of its fresh- ness of style and subject. There is, moreover, a quaint shrewdness aud simplicity about the characters and conversations in the book which is likely to please the fancy of those—and they are many—who can appreciate these qualities. The interest in the work loses nothing in that its author prefers to remain unknown. Prof. George Saintsbury has produced in his Short History of English Literature" a book which enters upon the earliest periods of letters, viz., the Anglo-Saxon, and is brought step by step up to the present time with a light and inter- esting touch, and it must prove a desirable book to have upon the shelf, not only for reference for it is fully indexed—but for the pleasure of being read on its own account. It has the advan- tage of appearing in one-volume crown, which, although containing a great deal of matter, does not lie heavy in the hand, neither does it try the eyes with abnormally small print or narrow spacings. Prof. Saintsbury 111. hIS preface that" the substitution of bird s-eye views and sweeping generalizations for positive know- ledge has been very sedulously avoided, but it is hoped that the system of inter-chapters will pro- vide a sufficient change of historical summary as SSI from .the pen the Poet Laureate will be published by Messrs. MacMillan and Co. in October. The book will form a sequel to The Garden that I Love and In Veronica's Garden and will be issued in the same size and stvle with several full-page illustrations of Tuscan houses and surroundings for it is Tuscany that Mr. Austin has chosen lor the environment ° "^rhe^gyptian Soudan its Loss and Recovery," by Lieutenants Alford and Sword will be pub- lished immediately. Beginning with the earlist days of its history, and bringing it up to the latest possible moment of the present campaign under Sir Herbert Kitchener, the book will furnish a record at once interesting and exciting, much of it having been written from diaries and notes made on the spot. It contains, morever, some engrossing details concerning the attempt to relieve Gordon at Khartoum, and of the manner of his death there. Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, the author of In War Time Hugh Wynne," and many other success- ful novels, has written a new story entitled The Adventures of Francois Foundling, Thief, Juggler, and Fencing Master during the French Revolution." It is filled with adventure, and gives a vivid picture of life during the thrilling period r with which it deals. The scenes shift between Paris and the Provinces, following the wanderings of the erratic hero, and historic personages are pour grayed in its pages. The book gains much in that it contains fifteen illus- trations from the pencil of Castaigne. It is expected that there will be a large demand for the work on this side of the water. Mr. Stopford Brooke has, after being compelled to lay aside the work for one of a larger and more exhaustive nature in two volumes, just completed tne first volume of The History of English Literature," by various writers, which Messrs. MacMillan and Co. projected some years ago. To this series Mr. Edmund Gosse and Professor George Saintsbury have already contributed volumes dealing with Elizabethan literature, eighteenth century literature, and nineteenth oentury literature, and the" History wad only awaiting Mr. Stopford Brooke's volnmes to be completed. He has managed to dig out some examples of the earliest known Saxon and Keltic poet", Heathen and Christian, working gradually up from the rough, if poetic, Saga, to the prose literature ot King Alfred, and thence to the more monkish writing which prevaild at the time of the Conquest. Soon the author hopes to be able to complete the second volume of the series which he has undertaken, and which will embrace the period between the Norman Conquest and Elizabeth. Me-ssrs. Macmillan & Co., Ltd., announce that they will publish, in January, 1899, under the title ot The School World," the first number of a sixpenny monthly magazine for seoondary schools. It is intended that the periodical shall be of interest and help to masters and mistresses wTtg6d ln^e WOfk of secondary educa- Witu tms end m view the contents will in- clude Articles and notes upon methods of teach. ing and upon new developments of educational practice at home and abroad detailed syllabuses of instruction and lesson notes, by specialists, in the chief subjects taught in secondary schools; test-papers to enable teachers to test the progress of their forms month by month—the most widely studied school subjects will be chosen, and the questions will be modelled upon papers set in public examinations; discussion and analyses of the requirements of the various school examining bodies, and a special treatment of set books and changing demands information upon all matters affecting the work of masters and mistresses in day and boarding schools; reviews of current school literature, calendar of forthcoming ex- aminations and events, notices of scholarships,cor- respondence, &c. While the politics of secondary education will not be made a prominent feature of "The School World." all developments and decisions directly affecting the position, work, and progress of secondary schools will be chronicled, and support will be given to well- considered schemes for the organization of educa- tional effort. There will be no advocacy of the particular claims of any class of secondary school but an endeavour will be made to promote an exchange of ideas among teachers engaged in the different grades of these schools. These tters will, however, be strictly subordinated psqential object of the periodical, which is So SFAJD?practical aid in teaching. SAMPSON & NEW BOOKS. DUTCH PAINTERS OF THE XIXTH CENTURY. T Vi,' is given some account of the life of twelve representative Dutch and work Dineteenth century, with repro- painters of r pictures from originals selected bv thf»a art st3 themselves for the purpose. AUhough the work is complete in itself, other specimens STILE talent of Dutch painters of the present-day for Holland has reason to be proud S°K^„CS"SN„OS^. MA, E=sf the curator of the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, and the biographical b«e been supplied by different writers selectedI for^ their special knowledge of the subject. t p duction of the etchings, photogravures, and other illustrations, the publishers have had the assistance of the well-known Dutch etcher. Philip Zilcken. The Edition is strictly limited for England and America. • +. ROME.—The beautiful illustrations in this costly volume speak for themselves, Rfnd hte names of their artists are a guarantee ot tneir excellence. They form an art-epitome ot the history of Rome, for they include not only exquisite productions of the masterpieces ot antiquity and of the Middle Ages; but bright and truthful scenes from the everyday Me ot Romans of the present time. The scholarly letterpress, written with that exhaustive thoroughness characteristic of German work, has been condensed, edited, and supplemented from English sources by Mrs. Arthur Bell. The authors of the German text, Dr Reinhold and Clara Schoener, have lived for something like a ( quarter of a century in Rome. They have watched the growth of the New City, and the gradual disinterment of much of the old and been prlvIege to be present at many a statelr ceremomal III the Vatican and Saint Peter s, such as will, alas, never again be seen. In a word, the book on the Eternal City now issued may truly claim to be in more senses than one unique, for it combines the historical accuracy so noteworthy in Dr. Schooner's writings, with the impress of truth only to be given by an eye-witnes of the scenes described. THROUGH TRE YANGTSE GORGES: Trade and ?-a.Te %n *Chma' by Archibald J. Little, I.R.G.S.—Preface to the Third Edition.— Notwithstanding that ten years have elapsed since the last edition of this book was published the description of the grand Gorges of the Yangtse remains as true and as fresh as on the day it was written. The outside trade of •Students and readers generally would do well to secure Messrs. MacMillan and Co.'sand Messrs. Sampson Low, Marston and Co.'a clauittel litt of new books and NEW editions, Szechuen, estimated roughly at about five i millions sterling, is still carried on by a fleet of eight to ten thousand junks,,whose crews animate the rocks and precipices of the wild scenery, their shouts re-echoing from cliff to cliff as they I toil over the broken ground. But during thee j ten years much has happened in China. The great unwieldy empire has been rudely shaken by the French war in 1885, and by the Japanese war in 1895, which brought about, the latter especi- ally, a cruel exposure of China's weakness. This weakness was well-known to residents on the spot, and should have been better appreciated and better prepared for by our politicians at home. In the following pages of my diary, written in 1883, it will be seen that I predicted the collapse that was then imminent, and demonstrated the folly of continuing our attempts to conciliate the corrupt ruling in Pekin, and the worthlessness of China as an ally, It was this pandering to the worst features of Chinese conservatism that frustrated my original attempt to open the upper Yangtse to steam. Now. at last, thanks to the determination of the Japanese and our own Government's fortunate change of front, since the appointment to Peking <> of our present energetic Minister, S:r Claude Macdoiiald, a pioneer steamer has ascended to Chungking, and the account of the voyage is set forth in these pages. LIFE OF VICE-ADMIRAL LORD LYONS, G.C.B. With an account of Naval Operations in the Biack Sea and the Sea of Azoff, 1854-5, by Capt. S. Eardley-Wilmot, R.N. (retired), author of 'The Development of Navies' 'The British Navy,' &0, witli maps, portraits and other i I lustrations. -This work has been written by captain S. Eardley-Wilmot. R.N., from docu- ments fnrnisiied to him by the Duke of Norfolk, whose mother was a daughter of that disting- uished admiral. Few officers have had a more striking career than the man more familiarly known as Sir Edmund Lyons. As a midshipman he took part with Nelson in the blockade of Toulon in 1802, and accompanied Duckworth up the Dardanelles in 1807. As a young lieutenant he lendered himself famous by his attack and capture of Fort Marrack in the East Indies in 1810, afterwards assisting in the subjugation of Java. After promotion to post rank he went out in 1828 to the Mediterranean in command of the Blonde, and took part in the attack on the Morea Castle, the last stronghold of the Turks in Greece. In 1829 he made a memorable cruise in the Black Sea, and visited Sebastopol, the first time the British flag had been in those waters. In the Madagascar he conveyed King Otho to Greece, and his services were so valuable to the new Court that the British Government then offered him the post of Minister at Athens. In this position-there appearing no opportunity for active service aftoat-he remained 14 years, his work being much appreciated by Lord Palmerston He was then transferred to Berne, and fiually to Stockholm. Whilst at the latter capital the Eastern question arose, and in 1853 Sir Edmund Lyons was appointed second in command of the Mediterranean Squadron. His subsequent pro- ceedings, which are known to this generation, form the most important period of this officer s career. In this portion is given a fuller account of the naval operations in the Black Sea and Sea of Azoff than has yet appeared. FIELD-MARSHAL THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON Soldier and Statesman, by the Right Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell, M.P., Bart.—The great success of Captain Mahan's Life of Nelson having caused inquiry for a Life of Wellinzton' a, a companion volume, Messrs. Sampson LOW, Marston & Co. have arranged with the Right Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell, M.P., to write a now life, somewhat on the lines of Captain Mahan s work, and more complete both as regards matter and illustration than any previous biography ot the Iron Duke. Sir Herbert Maxwell has received most kindly promises of assistance ÎroØl the present Duke and others, and will be glild to obtain, through the publishers, written partic- ulars of unpublished or little-known records likely to be of use in the preparation of the Life.' In addition to other illustrations, battle plans, &c., there will be full-page photogravure portraits of the Duke and distinguished soldiers who fought with him, or against him, including Napoleon, Soult, Ney and Bliicher,

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