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figures by Philippe d'Orleans, engraved by Audran. The value of the copy centred in the beautiful mosaic binding by Monnier, of whose work it is regarded as the masterpiece. M. Dagnin bought this volume about twenty-five years ago for 5,500 fr., and the expert, M. Durel, expected that it would fetch about 20,000 fr. It fell, however, to Mr. Bernard Quaritch at 45,500 fr. in competition with M. Th. Belin, the well-known Paris bookseller.
The London County Council has expressed a willingness to grant a site for "an adequate Shakespeare monument," and on the strength of this promise a Provisional Committee has been formed, with Professor Gollancz as its honorary secretary. The committee's aim is not confined to the monument. They would rather aim at the establishment of a great Shakespeare House, to be devoted primarily to the furtherance of the study of the poet's works, and also to serve as a recognized centre for humane learning generally. The "House," it is hoped, will include a Shakespeare library, a lecture-theatre, and a central hall to receive (it is here, the "Academy" remarks, that we begin to be a little nervous) "a fitting statue of Shakespeare, statues of other famous men being added from time to time." The last item is ominous of future strife.
The reissue of Maimouides, "The Guide of the Perplexed" in its English translation and in a popular form is certainly timely in an age which is more than commonly perplexed with religious and theological uncertainties. Walter Jerrold, in The Academy, remarks of the book and its author:
Moses, ben Maimon, commonly known as Maimonides, flourished over seven hundred years ago, having been born at Cordova in 1135. Few of his works have been translated into Eng
lish, and "The Guide of the Perplexed" was not translated until 1881-85, when Dr. M. Frledliinder's version was issued by the Society of Hebrew Literature. The object of the work is "to afford a guide for the perplexed (to thinkers whose studies have brought them into collision with religion), who have studied philosophy and have acquired sound knowledge, and who, while firm in religious matters, are perplexed and bewildered on account of the ambiguous and figurative expressions employed in the holy writings."
The committee nominated to undertake the management of the Leslie Stephen memorial scheme has now accomplished its task. Mr. Sidney Lee, the treasurer, has received from 211 contributors subscriptions to the amount of £769 12s. £132 of this sum has been spent on a photogravure of Sir Leslie Stephen by G. F. Watts, R.A., framed copies of which have been presented to the Athenoeum Club, the London Library, Trinity Hall, the Working Men's College and Harvard University, with all of which institutions the late Sir Leslie Stephen was intimately connected; unframed prints have been presented to the Trustees of the British Museum and the National Gallery and to 135 subscribers. The residue, amounting to £630, has been offered to the University of Cambridge for the foundation of a Leslie Stephen Lectureship in Literature on the model of the Rede Lectureship. The University has accepted the offer.
Apropos of the Hans Christian Andersen centenary, Walter Jerrold remarks:
During the past fifteen years there have been at least three dozen "selections" or "collections" of Andersen's stories issued—sufficient proof of the steadiness of his popularity. About twenty years ago, Andersen's "Works" were issued in an American edition of ten volumes, but I know of no English edition of such a character. Some of his writings other than the fairy-stories should repay republication—"In Spain" or "In Sweden," to mention two of his pleasant books of travel talk. "The True Story of my Life" is a delightful piece of autobiography, though it only deals with his earlier years—he lived until 1875. This has been twice translated—by Mary Howitt (1846) and by Dr. Spillan, A.M. of Trinity College. Dublin (1852)—and there must be many lovers of Andersen who would be glad of a reissue. Readers who would know something of his later years may be interested in "Hans Christian Andersen's Correspondence with the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Charles Dickens, &c," selected and edited by F. Crawford (1891).
The sixth volume of the series of annotated reprints of "Early Western Travels" of which Dr. Reuben Gold Thwaltes Is the general editor, and the Arthur H. Clark Company of Cleveland the publishers, contains Henry Marie Brackenrldge's Journal of a Voyage up the river Missouri, in 1811, and Gabriel Franchere's Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813 and 1814. These travels were practically synchronous, although the one traveller visited and described the heart of the continent, and the other was an historian of the Astor expedition to the mouth of the Columbia, of which Washington Irving gave so picturesque an account in his "Astoria." Irving wrote purely as an historian: Franchere had the advantage of witnessing and sharing in the adventures which he describes. He told his story simply and directly, yet with something of the Gallic joy- ousness and vivacity. The translation is by Mr. J. V. Huntington.
The Academy is of the opinion that the publication of the "unique" unfinished novel by Lord Beacousfleld should burst the Disraeli bubble. It adds sharply:
It was the work of an old and ailing
man; but an old and ailing man who had ever possessed a genuine literary gift could never have produced such chapters as these. Disraeli (there is no concealing the fact) was a vulgar writer. His vulgarity is too clever to be gross, his social experience too great to leave it unvarnished; but it peeps out not only in his general attitude towards the aristocracy, but in the very form and diction of his sentences. Some faint interest may be roused by the question who Joseph Toplady Falconet was meant for. The name contains the same number of letters as William Ewart Gladstone, and Gladstone, shortly before Disraeli's death, had put "Rock of Ages" into Latin verse: on the other hand, Macaulay, too, came from Clapham Common and had belonged to the Clapham sect. We should prefer to believe that Macaulay was the man, for the publication of these unfinished chapters would be less welcome than ever if they proved Disraeli to have been making "copy" of that kind out of a still living political opponent.
The "Flowers of Song" which Mr. Frederic Rowland Marvin has gathered from many lands and translated into English verse are chosen with a catholic taste and rendered with delicacy and grace. They are taken from the classics, from the Persian, Sanscrit and Japanese, and from the Italian, German, French, Spanish and other European languages; and their themes are not less varied than their sources. But they have the human note, and the sentiments and reflections, gay and grave, which they express, voice a universal human experience which places them at no great remove from the thought and feeling of to-day. Altogether it is a unique collection, for which readers not a few should thank Mr. Marvin. The book is a product of the dainty typography of the Merry mount Press and It Is published by the Pafraets Rook Company of Troy, New York.
BALLAD OF THE RIDGEWAY ROAD.
From the blinking surf where the
Lizard sprawls To the iron fangs of the North, There is many a road to stir the blood Of him who fareth forth; All roads seem good to the wise of
mood, But of all the roads that be, My chosen way is the broad Ridgeway, That is home and friend to me.
Now new-made roads are ruts for toads.
Girls' ribbons, coilful things;
A street for the cars of Kings.
He passed; his legionaries tread
And sentinels with falcon face
But I am a man of the common kind.
Let the valley lanes seem good to those
The place of my soul is the windscoured down
Where the red sun burns all day;
And O! the road, the gallant road!
Let me follow and touch my frlend,
Tbe great green snake of turf that glides
With never a coll nor bend.
Fetid and foul are the city streets;
Now some love women, and these are wise; And some love ale and wine; And the poet's art is life to the heart
But a road is a thing divine. There are roads of the best 'twixt East
and West, But of all the roads that be, O the royal way, the broad Ridgeway. Is the king of roads for me!
St. John Lucas. The Spectator.
AGE AND CHILDHOOD.
She stooped with serious eyes
All fear away.
Pierced to my heart—my heart,
All language else forgot. Caught all the secrets love to Iotp Refuses not.
Trembling, and dim, and weak.
Took my cold, idle hand That yearned, yet trembled to receive Her mute command.
Out of the dusk a bird—
A leaf from the tossing tree— Eyes in a fading mist of age Summoning me.
Walter de le Umrt.
Plymouth, N. H.
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