BOOKS AND MAGAZINES.
—The Illustrated London News (American edition) is out with its Christmas number, as full and distinctively Christmaslike as of old. The colored prints which form its supplement are very pretty, one especially being well worth framing.
—Miss M. Cruger, the author of A Den of Thieves, Hyperesthesia and other books, has written a new novel, The Vandcrhyde Manor House, which the Worthingtons have published. It is entertainingly written and sufficiently sensational to suit the taste of the day. The book is well bound in cloth, and the print is a delight to weary eyes.
—Worthington’s Annual for 1888 is perhaps more attractive than any of its predecessors—and that is saying a great deal. The child who cannot find entertainment in its pages must be very quecrly constitued indeed. The reading matter Is both interesting and wholesome, while not in the least goody goody, and the illustrations, most of which are colored, are decidedly good. It is published by R. Worthington, 770 Broadway, New York.
—Locrine, a tragedy in verse, by Algernon Charles Swinburne. New York, Worthington Company.—The necessarily imperfect version of Swinburne’s latest and most ambitious work, which was cabled to The New York Times some weeks since, has attracted so much attention that the appearance of the complete tragedy, printed from advance copy, will be hailed by the poet’s admirers with great satisfaction. It forms a r2mo volume of 149 pages, well printed on good paper, and bound in English cloth.
—The high standard which The Century Magazine has reached renders it needless to say much about the December number, except that it is unusually full of entertaining papers and that the illustrations are many and as good as ever. The frontispiece is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, taken just before his inauguration, of which Messrs. Nicolay and Hay tell the story. Among the papers is one by Edward L. Wilson, on The Sea of Galilee, one by Mrs. Schuyler van Rensselaer on Durham Cathedral, and another by Joseph and Elizabeth R. Pennell on The Pictorial Successes of Irving’s Faust, while Brander Matthews gives some Notes on Parisian Newspapers. Fiction is represented by J. G. Perkins, George W. Cable, Frank R. Stockton, Edward Eggleston and others.
—To the man who, as a boy, saw the birth of Our Young Folks, and for years pored over the pages of the best children’s magazine which had yet appeared in America, it is a matter of real gratification to note the wonderful forward strides made by its offspring and successor, St. Nicholas. It does sometimes seem almost a pity to waste such excellence of typography and illustration upon the great average child, but anything less were clearly unworthy the work of the writers who now fill its pages. The influence for good upon the tastes of a young person, of such a journal as St. Nicholas, is simply incalculable, and it would appear from the enormous and growing circulation of the magazine that more and more parents yearly appreciate this fact. The Christmas number is just out and will be heartily enjoyed by thousands of young people, and, for that matter, by nearly as many of their elders.