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- MAY 1, 1866. OUR CONTINENTAL CORRESPONDENCE. Nuit," of which at least 20,000 copies were sold.
Paris, March 16, 1866. Poor Henri Murger, who was most remorselessly We have had the brilliant reception at the French bled by them (I gave you, some time since, the Academy which has been looked forward to with ridiculously low prices they gave him for works particular interest. It was for that horizon an which they have sold, and will sell annually for eclipse of the sup, which gave all the inhabitants years to come, by the tens of thousands), said, on a crick in the neck. M. Guizot received M. Prevost his death-bed, in his iropical way: “ Well, one Paradol. The first feeling of all the audience was thing troubles my dying hour: I go out of the disappointment. M. Prevost Paradol is a passed-world conscious that I have been the ruin of MM. master in the art of Swift and Pascal-that polished Levy Brothers !" An author in the possession of irony which conveys a poisoned meaning in the great reputation is not, of course, the prey of these healthiest words, which says one thing and means horse leeches. The proprietors of two of our two another. We reckoned he would heap Swift's and cent daily papers have been striving to outbid each Pascal's flowers on the government while we should other for M. Victor Hugo's new novel, which they enjoy the hisses and see the fangs of the serpents wished to publish in the feuilleton of their paper. which lurked beneath them. Politics were scarcely. One of thein, the proprietor of “Le Soleil," offered introduced except by M. Guizot, who talked sophis- M. Hugo $100,000 cash for the privilege of so publishtry upon the Pope's right to keep the eternal city ing it. The “Revue des Deux Mondes” offered him in the church's mortmain; by which he reminded $5,000 to publish two chapters of it. M. Hugo deus of the immortal men born with a blue star on clined both offers. He has all his life long refused their forehead, described by Swift. One went to to allow his works to appear in this fragmentary them for oracles of wisdom, and heard nothing but form. Have you seen the dedication and preface misanthropic moanings for the past. When children of the “ Sea's Laborers”!? Here is the former : “I of men (however bright may be the star Heaven dedicate this book to the rock of hospitality and has planted on their brow) reach what M. Guizot of liberty; to that corner of old Norman soil where touchingly called “the downward declivity of life's the noble little tribe of the sea lives, to the severe last days," reason in a measure resigns her throne, and gentle island of Guernsey, my present asylum, and memory alone wields the sceptre in the dome my probable tomb. V. H." This is the letter: of thought which is soon to be vacated for ever. “Man's three struggles are with religion, society,
Here is M. Alex. Dumas's last letter: “I commu- and nature. These three struggles are at the same nicated, Sunday, to the Literary Men's Society a time his three wants; believe he must, hence the scheme of a theatre, which was received with unani-temple ; create he must, hence the city; live he mous applause. Everybody present not only must, hence the plough and vessel. But in these promised to give it their assistance, but promised three solutions are three wars. The mysterious to subscribe to it. This is my scheme: I want difficulty of life arises from all three of them. Man $400,000 to build an edifice, half theatre and half must wrestle with the obstacle in the shape of circus, capable of containing 3,000 persons, and of superstition, in the shape of prejudice, in the shape taking in 7,000f. receipts. The first seat would be of element. A triple ananke oppresses us; the anat 5 f., the last at 50 centimes. In subscribing for anke of dogmas, the ananke of laws, the apanke of a seat, the subscriber would receive two seats, things. In 'Notre Dame de Paris' the author denamely, ten francs for five francs, one franc for nounced the first; in ‘Les Miserables' pointed out 50 centimes. I double the capital and pay in the second ; in this book he indicates the third. pleasure. 800 subscribers would enter every night; With these three fatalities which surround man there in four years the debt would be paid ; in six years is mixed the secret fatality, the extreme anankethe theatre would belong in fee simple to the Societies the human heart. Victor Hugo." .. I was mistaken of Dramatic Authors, Literary Men, and Dramatic in saying in my last letter that M. Gustave Doré Artists. I would retain for myself, during my life, had sold his illustrations of Shakspeare. He has the right to bring out a new and an old piece there been in negotiation with an English firm for their annually. The subscriptions will soon be opened. publication. The negotiation failed, in consequence Then I shall appeal, through the public prints, to of the advance he made of his terms ; he declined everybody's sympathy. Each subscriber may $80,000; his price now is $100,000. I find I was subscribe for what sum he pleases, and he will mistaken likewise in affirming MM. Mame & Co. of pay the day 500,000f. are subscribed.” M. Alex. Tours had covered the expenses of the illustrated Dumas's last dramatic production has been d- d Bible by the sale of the first edition. It did nearly most vigorously here. He has sunk lower within cover the expenses incurred (which were enormous), the last six months than he has yet reached, so and they reckon upon making a good deal of money outrageously has he abused public patience. His by the second edition, which is now coming out in lectures have been rehashes of old novels; his numbers—the whole work to be issued before New articles for the newspapers made up, two-thirds of Year's Day next. . . . Everything is now publishthem, with scissors and paste ; and his plays have ing in the shape of numbers. M. Chamerot is been utterly absurd. He seems to have nearly ex- going to give us sedate old Rollin in numbers. hausted himself.
| The MM. Didot will soon present us with Cantu's The Dramatic Authors have organized their pub- “Universal History" in the same form. M. Perrotin lishing house. On the 15th of April the publishing has begun to give us Beranger's songs in the same agency of Dramatic Authors will be opened on the sandwich; Thiers' histories, Vaulabelle's “ HisBoulevard. Any author who may wish his play tory of the Restoration,” dictionaries, grammars, published, will state the paper, size, and edition he old novels-in fine, all sorts of books are minced desires ; he will be allowed five months after pub- fine to suit with our purses and dealt out to us. ... lication to pay the printer's and paper-maker's bill, We are assured the French Emperor's “Life of and he will pay only 10 per cent, to the agency, to Cæsar" is to be expected in a very short time. It cover house rent and office expenses. It is really is alleged the only obstacle to its immediate pabliincredible how dramatic authors have been bled cation is his Majesty's indecision about the form in by MM. Michel Levy Brothers. For instance, they which it ought to appear, viz., in one or two volgave M. Bouchardy $100 for the copyright of “La- umes. The cost of this portion of the work will zare le Patre," of which they sold 120,000 copies. exceed, it is said, that of the first portion ; more M. Paul Feval received only $80 for “Le Fils de la than thirty proofs a page have been required for a = MAY 1, 1866.
great many pagés. Nerertheless, it is reckoned a caution to the keepers of the Library to watch and the sale of these volumes will put $80,000 of copy- protect Bossuet's work froin “the swindling and sly riglit into the imperial pocket.
Company of Jesus who may send emissaries to falsify I trust it may not be considered indelicate if I the original manuscript." His chief legatees were deplore here the discontinuance of the “National suspended priests, odd literary men, and old acAlmanac." It is a national loss. It rendered the quaintances, who shared his intense hatred of the United States more substantial service abroad than Unigenitus bull. This perenpial vivacity of party the whole Federal diplomatic corps. It taught the passion so nearly connected with literature seemed world the vast resources, the incredible progress, to me to confer freedom of your city upon this the unprecedented energy of the people of the original figure. . . . It is said the ambition of the country. It corrected, in a sensible measure, the late Count Alfred de Vigny was to be the tutor coarse virulence and ignorance of a portion of the of the Imperial Prince. ... It is said the conpublic press. If its ribaldry was read with disgust, clusion of M. Michelet's history of apte-revoluthe statistics of schools, seats of learning, and chari- tionary France (which he intends shall be his table foundations raised hope in the breasts of well-politico-historical will and testament), which will wishers of the country. I shrink from appealing to form the connecting link between those seventeen & patriotic citizen to sacrifice to his country the volumes and the seven volumes of his “ History of vexation, and trouble, and toil this work gave him the Revolution," will make such a profound sensaand brought in no adequate return. But I assure tion that the police may interfere and send book and him, if he would make this sacrifice, he will be doing author before the courts of justice.... M. Tisserant, a service to his country. I have never been to the the actor, is about to give us a volume of souvenirs Imperial Library without seeing its volumes in and dramatic advice, with a preface by M. Jules somebody's hands, and I have repeatedly known Janin. ... Rumor declares the Marquis Bourbon del men to wait for hours their turn to get it. Informa- Monte to be the author of Mlle. Segeste, an anonytion was contained in it which could be found mous novel which has attracted some attention nowhere else.
here. Herr Abelsdorff, a Berlin publisher who recently I have had the pleasure to meet here J. R. Osgood, brought out the Life of the New Cæsar, and who, Esq., of the firm of Ticknor & Fields, of Boston. at the instance of the French Government, was He has diligently visited our best printing-offices prosecuted for libelling the French Emperor, has and other places connected with the trade, not only been sentenced to fifty thalers fine. As this is the in Paris, but in the provinces, winning golden third sentence pronounced against Herr Abelsdorff, opinions wherever he has been. his license as publisher has been withdrawn. ... It is not generally known that Mme. George Sand NOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERE once wrote the “book” of an opera. She had taken ScieNCE AND RELIGION.-In a recent number we a great fancy to a young German composer of the adverted to the fact that the College of New Jersey, Wagner School, and wrote a “ book" for him. Ile at Princeton, had established a new professorship, was not familiar with French, and had an unbounded the title of which is “The Relations between Scirespect for Mme. Sand; he consequently put the ence, Philosophy, and Religion." Charles W. whole of the “ book” into music. . At the end of Shields, D. D., a highly esteemed divine of this city, the first act a chorus of male and female peasants has been called to the chair thus established, and saluted the departure of the village lord, and the we have before us a copy of the introductory lecture composer made them sing to a dancing air_"Exit to his course of instruction. Dr. Shields had, by lord centre door back”-taking care to place a pro- several interesting monographs, shown that this lorged trill on c-e-n-t-r-e. When Mme. Sand saw subject was one quite familiar to his thoughts, and these mistakes (for the score was filled with others we are therefore not surprised to find that the genelike that which I have mentioned), she burnt the ralizations in his introductory are so sharply de" book," and has never again thought of writing fined, well considered, judicious, and suggestive. one. ... A strange lawsuit has been tried this The numerous alumpi and friends of this venerable week. M. Parent Duchatelet, although he died so and respected institntion of learning will congratulate as 1862, was a Jansenist filled to overflowing late her in having, by this pioneer movement, apwith the passions of Port Royal. He possessed preciated and anticipated one of the most pervading only $62,000, which he distributed in part among and deeply-seated intellectual wants of the time. his eleven grandchildren, but he bequeathed Other institutions will doubtless follow her leaderlegacies to so many people that his grandchildren, ship, and we may accordingly hope that, in the next instead of receiving some $5,000 or $6,000, did not generation of scholars, thinkers, and authors, scireceive more than $100 a piece. He had been very ence and faith will be found, not hostile or indifferent wealthy, but exaggerated charity, proselytism, to each other, but heartily joining hands in united unfortunate lawsuits, and expensive publications effort to impart wisdom to faith and devoutness to to perpetuate old quarrels, whose very ashes are science. We advert to this matter because it incold, sensibly impaired his estate. He lived and volves the most grave and pressing interests, and died surrounded by portraits of all the eminent deals with problems, the bangling or indiscreet members of Port Royal, and all the manuscripts treatment of which may result either in superstition relating to the history of Jansenism he could dis- or skepticism. All who have occasion, either as cover. His will betrayed this ruling passion. He journalists or students, to closely survey the field bequeathed $1,000 to the Société de St. Augustin of modern literature, know that there is an apparent (which is always rich; it has $120,000), whose conflict going on between many of the deductions of chief organ, “L'Observateur Catholique,” is ultra recent science, and certain generally received theoJansenist. It publishes articles with such rubrics logical opinions or interpretations. The whole body as these : Impious Speeches of Pius IX.; Monsig- of current literature is more or less astir with this nor Mondinet begged by the Pope ; The Jesuits' Toy- rising strife. It can no longer be ignored; it must sellers. I need not say M. Parent Duchatelet loathed simply be recognized and met. When chemistry, the Jesuits, and he exhibited his detestation of geology, and astronomy, elate with their splendid them in his will. He bequeathed to the Imperial triumphs, summon our currently received exegesis Library a manuscript of Bossuet relating to one of to the tribunal of reason and fact, it will not do for Father Quesnel's books, and added to the bequest I the leaders and defenders of religious thought to MAY 1, 1866.
shrink from the high argument to which they are was, and that too within the memory of living men, challenged. The questions must be grappled with, and they too of no venerable age, when the book else our faith will be scandalized by a silence do business of Chicago hardly rivalled, either in the less ignominious than a surrender. In the settle- value of its stock, or the amount of capital invester, ment of this conflict the College of New Jersey has an ordinary apple stand of the present day. But added to her olden fame by taking the lead, and the as Chicago emerged from the condition of a frontier professor to whom she has intrusted that responsible military post to that of a sprightly trading village, and critical duty evinces by his inaugural that he the book business increased, and it has kept steady adequately comprebends both the difficulty and deli- pace with the unexampled progress of the immense cacy of his task. He informs us that, on the one region of country of which the present city is the hand, his department is not one of merely scientific metropolitan centre. Though bookselling and pubinstruction, and, on the other hand, that it is not lishing is 11ot one of the branches of commerce that one of merely religious instruction. Excluding serve to swell the noise and din on 'Change, and thus what is purely scientific and purely theologic, its transactions are not mentioned in the daily, there remains to be formed out of these two over- monthly, or annual reports of the Board of Trade, lapping departments, another, which is, strictly 1 it has nevertheless been no less of value to the genspeaking, philosophical in its nature, and which, iu eral progress of the city ; has been none the less an general language, may be termed “ Philosophy as integral part of the immense commerce of Chicago, embracing both Science and Religion in their logical and none the less a means of attracting hither that relations.” “I would so term it,” says the Profes- general trade which finds in Chicago its most apsor, “not because Philosophy is in any sense supe-propriate and advantageous resort. rior to Religion or Science, but because in virtue Sixteen years ago the firm of S. C. Griggs & Co. of her power of abstraction, her insight into reality, was established in Chicago, and throughout all the her love of truth, her craving for unity, and her trials and vicissitudes under which so many and habit of candor, she alone can give what neither of various houses of all the branches of business have the respective partisans can furnish, and yet both of tottered, been shaken, or have fallen, that house them require--a mediator or umpire to adjust their has preserved its standing unfailingly, and stands boundaries, settle their border feuds, and check to-day confessedly at the head of the business in their raids upon each other's territory." This is the great West. The house is indeed one of the illustrated by a reference to the doctrine of creation, institutions of the city-as strong and enduring and then the aim and object of the teaching are as it is useful and ornamental. From the comsummarily stated to be "to combine philosophically paratively small premises in which the firm the scientific and religious departments of instruc- first engaged in their business, the establishtion, to take the materials of truth which they re- ment has been compelled from time to time to respectively furnish in an unrelated and fragmentary move to more spacious quarters, until eight years state, and organize them into a rational system; to | ago it planted itself at 39 and 41 Lake Street, occushow that all well-ascertained facts of nature and pying two of the enormous stores in the iron block, clearly-revealed truths of Scripture are not only near Wabash Avenue. These stores are fifty feet congruous, but actually require each other to make on Lake Street by one hundred and seventy-five up the whole truth; that even such theories and feet deep, and botb stores and basements are filled creeds as seem to be in conflict are passing, under with the immense stock. fixed laws, through a process of mutual correction. This well and most favorably known firm has and reconciliation, into a similar region of estab just undergone a change in its organization; not a lished verities ; that it is thus the inission of sci. change by which it will lose any of those who have ence to confirm and illustrate the truths of religion, hitherto so honorably conducted its affairs, but a and of religion to give rational support and con- change which introduces, into it new vigor, and sistency to the facts of science; and that sooner or will make it in all respects one of the most stablo later, in the history of mankind, the ultimate result and enterprising houses of the country. must be the perfect coincidence of human and divine The senior partner, S. C. Griggs, Esq., will take knowledge, together with the absolute harmony a respite from many years of arduous toil in a visit of all the great interests resulting therefrom; in a to Europe ; he leaves the city in a few days with word, the key-note of these instructions will be, that that view. During his trip he will of conrse visit Science and Religion cannot do without each other; the great publishing houses of Europe, and will God hath joined them together, and let no man put establish there an agency for his house, through them asunder.” It will be readily seen that the which he will receive directly and immediately all mode of treatment here proposed should command the valuable publications which appear there. the confidence both of religionists and scientists; The other member of the firm, E. L. Jansen, Esq., that it does justice to the opinions of each, and seeks who has been equally devoted to business and
to reconcile them by the application of mediating whose efforts have been crowned with so much suc· principles, which both will doubtless acknowledge. cess as one of the managers of the concern during
We have called attention to the establishment of its past years of successful growth and rapid extenthis department at Princeton, because we are per- sion of business, will have the assistance of the new suaded its intrinsic importance and its literary and members of the firm, all of whom have a ripe expeeducational bearings will be promptly appreciated rience. by all Christianly instructed men, all sincere students. These new members are D. B. Cooke, Esq., Gen. of nature, all real patriots who would correct the A. C. McClurg, and Fred. B. Smith, Esq. skepticism latent in the minds of the educated D. B. Cooke has been for some time in charge of the classes, and thence infecting the body of the com- retail department of the establishment, for which munity, and above all by parents, who seek for his previous long experience as a bookseller and their sons an education which will not divorce publisher had eminently fitted him, and with whom reason from faith, but wed them in harmonious and the Chicago public had been so long and pleasantly inseparable fellowship.
associated. He now enters the firm as one of its The House op S. C. Griggs & Co.-The people of members, giving to it that practical energy which the Northwest have for many years been familiar
is peculiar to the man, and that popularity which with the name of the long-established firm of S. c. has always attended his business intercourse with Griggs & Co., booksellers and publishers. Time I the public.
MAY 1, 1866.
Gen. A. C. McClurg, who was with the house for corner of Bleeker, where his stock of books and two years previous to the rebellion, and who brings stationery has unendurably overflowed his space. back to his chosen peaceful pursuit the same abil. Leypoldt and Holt go to 451 Broome St. M. Dooities and enthusiasm which gained for him a Gen- lady goes to 448 Broome Street. 0. S. Felt, with eral's star in the field-a cultivated gentleman who his Boston agencies, goes to 455 Broome St. W. A. has as enviable a reputation at hoine as he won Townsend comes into Broome St. F. J. Huntington for himself among his counrades in arms; and Mr. & Son, and Hurd & Houghton, and G. P. Putnam F. B. Smith, who during five years' clerkship with are already in Broome St. Ivison, Phinney, Blakethe firm has, by his quiet industry and accu- man, & Co., and Dick & Fitzgerald are also going rate knowledge of books, editions, 'and authors, thither; so that Broome Street is becoming quite a made himself widely known throughout the North- 'publisher's nest-almost a Paternoster Row. Scribwest among careful book buyers, and gained the ner goes out of Grand St., removing northward to confidence of those who wish to make additions to 654 Broadway, between Bleecker and Bond. Schertheir libraries, have been admitted as partners, and merhorn & Bancroft, too, remove north one block, henceforth the firm of S. C. Griggs & Co. will in- to the corner of Crosby and Broome Sts. clude these gentlemen, as well as Messrs. S. C. The firm of Wm. White & Co., Boston, but with Griggs and E. L. Jansen.
an agency in New York, has succeeded to that of The past success of this house, magnificent as it A. J. Davis & Co., in the business of publishing has heen, is but the foundation for the future, and and selling works on spiritualism. The firm of A. who knows but the book-house of 1880 may con- J. Davis & Co., however, still remains extant for trast with the present imposing establishment as dealing in Mr. Davis's own publications, seventeen the latter does with that of 1850 ?
or more in number. Mr. Charles Welford, of the At all events the book-buying community of the firm of C. Scribner & Co., has gone to London, to Northwest may be assured that they will be the open a branch house there for conducting the foreign gainers by this rejuvenation of the partnership, and book business of his firm. Mr. Welford's extensive we bespeak in the future for the noble house of s. acquaintance with books and business experience C. Griggs & Co. continued and constantly increas- must render this an influential and useful proceeding prosperity.- Chicago Republican, April 10. ing. Mr. P. H. Cannon, heretofore with James Fev AMERICAN PUBLISHERS have displayed the & Co.. publishers and booksellers in St. Louis, with
Miller, has gone into business with Wm. McSorley energy and ability which have for years character good prospects, and without intending to lose any ized the business proceedings of Mr. George W. Childs, of Philadelphia.
old friends while he makes new ones. The inTo him the literary public are indebted for the most useful literary paper in 'n
creased proportion in the New York book market of America, the AMERICAN PUBLISHERS' CIRCULAR AND
books manufactured abroad, but with a New York LITERARY GAZETTE, issued twice every month, and
imprint, is very striking. It is a question whether
such books are “American publications." A numcontaining a thoroughly reliable record and occasional criticisms of the current literature of the
ber of the handsomest of the Appletons' late publiUnited States.
cations, for instance, of " New York: D. Appleton Its Paris correspondence, too, pre
& Co., 1866," are printed by Eyre & Spottiswoode, sents the best account of literary life in the French
or some other London printer. The like is the case capital that we know of. The labor incidental to
with sundry of Lippincott's books, of Philadelphia;" one journal is generally considered enongh for one man in England, but Mr. Childs not long since cou
of Roberts Brothers', of Boston, etc. etc. In like rageously purchased and undertook the entire man.
manner, Leypoldt & Holt issue editions of Thackeagement of the Philadelphia “Public Ledger,” al:
ray's works of the Tauchnitz print, manufactured
lin Leipsic, but with the New York imprint. These daily paper circulating largely, but by his judicious
books are of a class heretofore manufactured in this arrangements increased to such an extent as to
country. Our working printers and bookbinders, stand now in circulation almost at the head of the American press-only, indeed, having one competi
of course, lose all the work on these editions. The tor, the New York “Herald,'' superior to it.
matter must, however, remain in this state unless
A daily and fortnightly paper would seem to take the
the tariff is altered, or the new wood paper of the
Manayunk mill, or some other influence, shall alter utmost powers of mortal man, but the publisher in
the relative cost of making books here and abroad. question has recently added the Philadelphia Home Weekly" to his other ventures, and promises
A petition has been presented to Congress, signed to make that one of the best family newspapers is
by seventy-tlıree, including many of the most emisued in the United States. It seems almost incredible
nent living American authors, setting forth the
state of things above mentioned, showing that it that one man could undertake such an accumula
| diminishes the value of American copyrights, and tion of labor; and, certainly, if he succeeds in
| asking "that the revenue laws, so far as they relate maintaining the character of these varied publications, he will richly merit an unlimited success.
to the manufacture and importation of books, may
be so revised and modified that American publicaTrubner's American and Oriental Literary Record
tions may be relieved from the heavy burdens now (London), Feb. 28, 1866.
resting upon them, and from the disadvantages · NOTES ON BookselLING, ETC., IN NEW YORK.-On under which they suffer in competition with inthis present May 1st there is much shifting of quar- ported books." ters by the trade; publishers and booksellers alike. It will be observed that the phrasing of this are flitting. Christern has carried his stock of prayer does not show whether the petitioners want foreign literature up to No. 863 Broadway, half a the taxes on American publications diminished or mile above where his former stand was. B. H. those on books made abroad increased. Mr. GreeTicknor goes into roomy quarters at 63 Bleecker St., ley's signature, however, which was the first of those just off Broadway, where he can do better justice to to the original paper, and which was accompanied the Boston books than in the little “cubby-house" by a specification of the way in which he wished he has been inhabiting on Broadway near Twelfth. this relief given, is entirely omitted from the printed Mohun and Ebbs take their éditions de luxe and copies of the petition which have been circulated. splendidly bound standard editions & mile north, The member of the editorial staff of “The Triup to 546 Broadway, next the old Düsseldorf Gal- bune," Mr. George Ripley, who has had charge of lerv. Kirby removes half a block down, from the line 1:..... annantiasa *1.:- ---- ---