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anthors named, our novel-readers have ab- of Lectures delivered during Twenty-three sorbed tales by Mrs. Alexander, Miss Braddon, Years in the Inner-Temple Hall,” by Herbert Rhoda Broughton, Robert Buchanan, Bea- Broom, LL. D. (Baker, Voorhis & Co.); Lord trice May Butts, H. M. Cadell, Mrs. Annie Ed- Dufferin's “ Letters from High Latitudes, a wards, Juliana Horatia Ewing, B. L. Fargeon, Yacht Voyage to Iceland," etc. (Lovell); May Ágnes Fleming, R. E. Francillon, c. c. “Essays in Literary Criticism,” by Richard Fraser-Tytler, P. G. Hamerton, Mary Cecil Hay, Holt Hutton (Coates); “The Comedy of the Ellice Hopkins, Mrs. Linn Linton, Lord Lyt- Noctes Ambrosianæ," selected by John Skelton (a posthumously published fragment), Jus- ton (Lovell); “Speeches of Lord Erskine," tin McCarthy, George Macdonald, F. Marryat, with memoir, etc., four volumes (Callaghan); Sasan Morley, James Payn, F. W. Robertson, Tennyson's "Harold " (Osgood), and Morris's John Saunders, Anthony Trollope, Edmund “Story of Sigard” (Roberts); “ Animals Yates, and several anonymous fictions. Painted by Themselves," adapted from the
In history and biography, we have received French of Balzac, Louis Baude, and others, * Lord Macaulay's Life and Letters " (Harpers); with upward of 200 illustrations from Grand“ History of the United States," by John A. ville, edited by James Thompson, F.R.G.S. Doyle, with a statistical map by Francis A. (Lippincott); the instructive and entertaining Walker (Holt); C. K. Paul's “ William God- series entitled " The Library of Wonders win, his Friends and Contemporaries" (Rob- (Scribner); and the supplementary series of erts); Rev. G. W. Cox's "General History of " Ancient Classics for English Readers” (LipGreece" (D. Appleton & Co.); “King and pincott). Commonwealth: a History of the Great Rebel LITERATURE, CONTINENTAL, IN 1876. The lion," by B. Meriton Cordery and J. S. Phil- activity in Continental literature in 1876 will potts (Coates); "Memoir of Norman Macleod, be seen by the following extracts from the corD.D." (Scribner); “Memoir and Correspond- respondence of the London Athenæum: ence of Caroline Herschel ” (D. Appleton & BELGIUM.-French literature in Belgium has Co.); "Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of been abundant during the past year. It has France," by Charles Duke Yonge (Harpers); been especially rich in works of fiction. the volumes, for the most part admirably com In poetry we have had several works which piled, of a series entitled “Epochs of History," show good powers of versification, among - Epochs of Ancient and of Modern History which the most worthy of mention are "Les (Scribner), and the compact and lucid History Vingt-quatre Coups de Sonnet," by Th. HanPrimers (D. Appleton & Co.); “Fifty Years non; "Pechers Nouveaux,” by Adolphe Muny, of My Life," by the Earl of Albemarle (Holt); an officer in the Belgian army; and “Les Tathe seventh and concluding volume of D'Au- lismans de Stamboul,” a Servian legend, by Ed. bigné's " History of the Reformation in the de Linge. Time of Calvin
" (Carter); “ Village Commu Two works in French philology have been nities in the East and West," and other es- published this year, by Auguste Scheler, the says, by Sir Henry Sumner Maine (Holt); royal librarian—“La Mort de Gormand," a "Life," etc., of Benjamin Robert Haydon (Gill); unique fragment of a hitherto unknown chan“ History of French Literature," by Henri son de geste, discovered in the Royal Library at Van Laan (Putnams); History of English Brussels, and "Les Trouvères Belges du 12m au Thought in the Eighteenth Century," by Leslie 14me Siècle." Scheler has, in this latter work, Stephen (Putnams); "Brief History of Paint- comprised songs of love, jeux-parties, pastoers of All Schools,” by Louis Viardot and rals, ditties, and fables, by Quenes de Bethune, others (Lippincott); H. R. Fox Bourne's "Life by Henry III., Duke of Brabant, by Gilbert de of John Locke” (Harpers).
Berneville, by Mathieu de Gand, and by other Of books of travel, poetry, art, and gen- troubadours wbo are less known. eral literature, may be mentioned “ Etching In the literature of the fine arts, the past and Etchers," and "Round My House in Peace year has seen the publication of the tenth and and War-Time," by Philip Gilbert Hamerton last volume of Alfred Michiel's brilliant “His. (Roberts); “The Orphan of Pimlico, and toire de la Peinture Flamande," a work alOther Sketches, Fragments, and Drawings,” together worthy of its subject, in spite of cerby Thackeray (Lippincott); "Songs of Reli- tain imperfections which critics have pointed gion and Life," by J. S. Blackie (Scribner); out, while, at the same time, rendering ample "The Habitations of Man in All Ages,” by justice to the great qualities and merits of the Eagène Viollet-le-Duc, translated by B. Buck- work. nali (Osgood); "The Sylvan Year," and "The The history of music has been by no means Unknown River," by Hamerton (Roberts); neglected. The discourse of the musical com"Stray Studies from England and Italy,” by poser, F. A. Gevaert, upon the origin, the progJohn Richard Green (Harpers); new edition, ress, and the necessity of conservatoires of revised to date, of Chambers's “Cyclopædia music, deserves to be specially mentioned ; as of English Literature, edited by R. Ohambers also does the work in four volumes by E. G. J. and R. Carruthers, Volume I. (Lippincott); Gregoir, entitled "Documents relatifs à l'Art Gladstone's " Homeric Synchronism” (Har Musical et aux Artistes Musiciens." pers); “ Philosophy of Law: being Notes The history of the sixteenth century, which
is emphatically the heroic epoch of the Low Prof. F. Laurent has again enriched jurispruCountries, is more and more studied every dence by three more volumes of his excellent year. We may name, as examples of this, work, “ Principes de Droit Civil," a noble mon* Histoire des Troubles Religieux de Valen- ument of legal erudition. Prof. J.J. Thonissen ciennes" (1560-1567), by Ch. Paillard ; "Trou- has studied the jurisprudence of ancient bles Religieux du XVIne Siècle dans la Flandre Athens, and he has produced a work of great Maritime,” by E. de Coussemaker; also the authority on the subject in " Le Droit Penal excellent collection of “ Documents du XVIme de la République Athénienne," which is preSiècle tirés des Archives d’Ypres,” collected ceded by an étude on the criminal law of legand annotated by J. L. A. Diegerick. H. Hel- endary Greece. big has published a curious “ Mémoire con The publications arising out of the threecernant les Négociations de la France rela- hundredth anniversary of the Pacification of tives à la Neutralité du Pays de Liége en 1630.” Ghent form a natural transition from French to
The contemporary history of Belgium has Flemish works. been treated by the indefatigable Théod. Juste, It is well known that, during the religious in his “ Notices Biographiques sur quelques wars of the Low Countries, the Catholics and Fondateurs de la Monarchie Belge." He gives Protestants came to a reconciliation between a rapid sketch of the life and labors of Rai- themselves at Ghent in 1576. By a solemn kem, Claes, Hipp. Vilain XIV., Ant. Barthé- treaty they united against the Spaniards, and lemy, and Hevnequin. Odilon Périer, in his suspended the barbarous laws of Philip II. monograph " Dirk Donker Curtius," has re- and the Duke of Alva against heretics. "The traced the labors of a Netherlands Minister of memory of this great event has this year State, who, in 1830, vainly endeavored to per- been celebrated by grand fétes , it has also suade the King, William I., to make the conces- given rise to a passionate polemical discussion sions necessary to appease the insurrection of throughout the whole of the French and FlemBelgium, and by so doing to maintain the in- ish press. Many works written for the occategrity of the Low Countries. In 1848 he ma- sion have been published. Among others, we terially aided to obtain for Holland its liberal may mention "Les Actes Diplomatiques de la constitution.
Pacification de Gand,” by Léon Verhaeghe, a The question of the extension and of the secretary of embassy—he has studied with imtransformation of the maritime undertakings partiality the events of the sixteenth century, on the seaboard has been ably treated by A. and he comments on the principal treaties conL. Cambrelin, in his “ Étude sur les Ports de cluded at that epoch between the Catholics and Mer Belges;” also by A. de Maere-Limnander, the Protestants of the Low Countries; “La in his book "Du Port de Heyst et du Canal Pacification de Gand et le Sac d'Anvers en Maritime de Gand, avec Embranchement sur 1576," by Théodore Juste—this work betrays Bruges." P. Bortier has dealt with the same great haste, and lacks all force and color. subject in his small work “Le Littoral de la "Discours contenant le vray Entendement de Flandre au IXme et au XIXme Siècle." In this la Pacification de Gand” is a reprint of 110 he traces back the history of the changes that copies only, of a pamphlet published in 1579, have taken place in the coast-line from the pe- which maintains that liberty of conscience is riod of the Romans up to the present day; he the only means by which the religious troubles indicates at the same time to Government sev- can be stopped in the Low Countries. The eral methods by which the encroachments of last we will name is “ Album van den historithe sea may be stopped. We may also point schen Stoet der Pacificatie van Gent;" this out an “Essai sur l'Industrie et le Commerce work, adorned with eleven engravings, is acBelge, Français et Étranger,” by H. Houtain; companied by a French translation; it is by and also the " Mines et Métallurgie à l'Exposi- Paul Fredericq. tion Universelle de Vienne," by A. Habets. Two new works of poetry have appeared The letters of M. G. de Molinari, upon the this year—the first, “Zomerkrans" ("Orown United States, are as true as photography, and of Summer '), by K. Bogaerd, who, from being the work of an economist who is at the same a common workman, has risen to be a distintime one of the best writers and keenest intel- guished literary man; the other is “Lentelects which Belgium possesses. In “Notes et liederen” (“Songs of Spring"), by Theophiel Souvenirs,” Louis Hymans relates his literary Coopman, a young poet of the brightest promlife in so interesting a fashion that the first ise, but who ought to seek more than he doer edition was disposed of in a week.
after originality. In the domain of the material sciences, be Romance forms this year the most consider sides some special treatises which do not come able portion of Flemish literature. Ilendrik within the limits of this article, we must not Conscience is the creator and father of the omit to notice an excellent work by J. C. Hou- Flemnish novel; he is also the most popular zeau, “L'Étude de la Nature, ses Charmes et author in all Flanders. His books are read by ses Dangers." This work celebrates in a vivid all, and the most ignorant peasant has learned and striking manner the spirit of research into to honor his name. This year Conscience has Nature which is one of the glories of the hu- written an historical romance, "Gerechtigheid man race.
van Hertog Karel" (" The Justice of the Duke
Charles "). It is taken from the history of land. He was repeatedly invited by ParliaDuke Charles the Bold. Two reprints also ment to improve the schools, and as Huss anare deserving of mention - the "Volledige ticipated Luther's movement by a hundred Werken (* Complete Works ') of Eugeen years, so Comenius preceded the German reZetternam, one of the most fertile and original formers of education by a century. of the Flemish writers; also the second edition writer Comenius belongs to our classics, and, of “Ernest Staas," the witty and bright ro- besides his Latin works, composed a good deal mance of Tony (Anton Bergmann), which re- in Bohemian. minds us of the delightful narratives of Toepfer In philology have been produced Geitler's and of the “Camera Obscura" of Nicolaas “Lithuanische Studien," and the same scholar's Beets.
contribution to the comparative grammar of The most original book of the past year has the Slavonic tongues, under the title “O Slobeen the second series of the novels, "Nieuwe vanský chhmenech na U” (“On the Slavonic Novellen," by Rosalie and Virginie Loveling. roots in U "). A rival to the great dictionary These two sisters occupy a very high_place of Jungmann has appeared in the work of among Flemish poets and prose-writers. Death Kott,“ Grammatico-Phraseological Dictionary deprived us of the elder sister, Rosalie, in 1875. of the Bohemian Language,” which is intended Her three latest novels were published along to contain the whole resources of the language. with three others by her sister. This last vols M. Ionás, editor of the Slavia of Racine, has ume of prose adds to their reputation, which brought out a “Bohemian and English Dictionwas already well established in Holland and ary,” intended only for practical use, but of Belgium. The stories are remarkable for their interest as an American production, and a sign good taste, delicacy, an admirable faculty for of life on the part of the Bohemian emigrants observation, and a vein of pure and retined to the United States. A larger work, and one thought. The little narative, “Po en Paolet- of a more ambitious character, is Prof. V. E. to," by Rusalie, is a gem.
Mourek's “Dictionary of the English and BoBohemia.—Besides the great scientific works hemian Languages." of which an account was given last year, and Of the great history of Palacký, which at which have been continued, there are novelties his death, in May, 1876, had got' as far as 1526, to mention. Among technical publications, a new edition has been brought out, which is Horovsky's book, “O dobbý vání Kamenneho styled a popular edition, but hardly answers uhlf," which fills two stout octavo volumes, to its title, for it is a great deal too dear, costnot counting 142 plates, occupies a prominent ing $15. In general history I may mention place, and is not only fitted to supply a want Sembera's “Dějiny národu Klassickych” (“The deeply felt by Bohemians engaged in coal- History of the Classical Nations "); in travels, mines, but, as the similar treatises of Combe, “Za Oceánem," a lively account of a tour in Hedley, and Tonneau are, for the most part, America by T. Stolba. already antiquated, a desire has been expressed Poetry flourishes as well as could be expectto make it known through translations to the ed under the circumstances. mining engineers of other countries. A not On the whole, journals and schoolbooks less important work is the treatise on Geology still constitute the chief products of Bohemian of Prof. Krejcí, of the Polytechnic School of literature. To form a decisive judgment on Prague. The author takes an active part in our efforts will be only possible at a future the gigantic labors of the commission for the time. scientific investigation of Bohemia, and has DENMARK.—To begin this short review of repeatedly made extensive journeys to places Danish literature of the past year with draof geological interest, and is fully acquainted matic productions, I may mention a play by F. with the literature of his subject. While Holst, “In the Age of Transition,” performed treating of geology in general, he has given on our national stage. It gives evidence of special information regarding the countries keen observation of the human mind; perhaps where the Czech language prevails, Bohemia, its greatest merit lies in the many psychologiMoravia, Silesia, and North Hungary. About cally striking remarks in the dialogue, and in the Silurian system in Central Bohemia, the the comprehensive gallery of characters reprelittle known Carpathian range, etc., much is sented; there, however, is a lack of unity in recorded, and the high importance of Bohemia the action that weakens the effect of the play. in a geognostic point of view is made fully evi Of collections of poetry I may mention N. dent.
Bögh's “Poems," upon the whole easy-flowing In philosophy and education may be and unpretending, but without any great origimentioned Durdík's “Rozpravy Filosofické” nality; and “Softened Melodies," by H. Drach(** Philosophical Essays"), and Zoubek's fur- mann, illustrated by himself. ther contribution to the edition of the works of Drachmann in the past year has also apComenius, “ Komenského Drobnějsí Spisy” peared as a novel-writer; in “A Supernumer(Comenius's “Minor Works"). J. Amosary One" he has published his first larger tale. Comenius, the great pedagogue of the seven- In reading this book one gets the impression teenth century, the recognized reformer of the that the author has not made quite clear to schools of Europe, was not unknown in Eng- himself what he really intended to give. The
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central theme of the book is the development with such perfection. The fact is, that at that of two young men, about at the close of their very time the chief bookseller in Marseilles teens. Such a book as this would be a more said to me in confidence, " Monsieur, je tends à valuable representative of Danish novel-writing peine un Molière par an, à l'époque des étrento English readers than Scharling's compara- nes.” It would seem, therefore, that our tastes tively insignificant “Nicolai's Marriage.” We have happily changed for the better since then, besides, this year have had collections of for the first volumes of the Hachette collection smaller stories by Carit Etlar, Erik Bögh, are not to be had. The Molière is easily to Bergsöe, Tolderlund, Budde, Thyregod, and be got, for the third volume of it appeared in Schandorph.
1876, but if you want the Malherbe, or the In history I may mention "Six Lectures on Corneille, or Madame de Sévigné, you must the Antiquity of the North,” by our veteran wait for the death of some one of the bibliohistorian, Fr. Barford; "The external Political philes who possess them. History of Denmark during the Time from the The prodigious success of an enterprise Peace of Lübeck till the Peace of Prague (1629 which at the outset seemed Quixotic has not -1635)," forming the first volume of a larger failed to excite competition. Some men of taste, work, by Fridericia; a book by A. Thorsöe, first and foremost of whom should be menon the renowned Swedish historian, “Erik tioned M. Jouaust, a scholar of most refined Gustaf Geijer's Lectures on "The History of taste, have set themselves to reprint the classics Man,' with especial Regard to their Place in and the semi-classics, the great masters and the the Course of Historical Development." little masters of the national literature. In
In philosophy, Höffding, who has before now 1876, M. Jouaust has launched the first of the contributed to that branch of study, has this intended eight volumes of his Molière in ocyear published an able work, “ Human Ethics," tavo, with most lovely designs from Leloir
, in which he maintains a natural development engraved by Flameng. He has produced, at of ethical ideas, these being law-bound links the same time, the first three volumes of a in the whole existing world of phenomena. beautiful Rabelais, the second and third of The book is written in clear and plain language, the “Colloquies” of Erasmus, with the rifree from all technical terms. The author in gnettes of Hans Holbein, the "Contes" of Perhis views has been influenced by the modern rault, illustrated by Lalauze, without counting English philosophers, on whom, a couple of interesting curiosities, such as the reproduction years ago, he published a book.
of three of Molière's comedies, "Sicilien," Among other works of different kinds may “Tartuffe," and "M. de Pourceaugnac," after be noted the completion of the edition of the original editions, and a little classical liHöyen's writings; a new volume of Arentzen's brary, which already includes all Boileau, the “Baggesen and Ehlenschlæger;" the conclu- dramas of Regnard, the "Satire Ménippée," sion of the seventh volume of the history of the first volume of Paul Louis Courier, Ham"The Danish Stage," by Th. Overskou, after ilton's "Memoirs of Grammont," and the the author's death, in 1873, edited by E. Col- “Grandeur et Décadence des Romains,” the lin; a philosophical work by T. Paulsen; masterpiece of Montesquieu. "The Old and New Society," by Fr. Krebs. French publishers do not content themselves
FRANCE.-In one of my letters recently, I with reprinting old books; they reingrave old mentioned the saying of an old academician engravings of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and who, when he was visited by a candidate for eighteenth centuries. M. A. Lévy, a man pos. the Academy, whose books he had never read, sessed of knowledge and taste, does scarcely remarked in a haughty tone: “Depuis vingt anything else. After baving recommenced ans, monsieur, je ne lis plus ; je relis.” France the work of Du Cerceau on the “Chief Build—which is not at all academic, and laughs at ings of France,” the etchings of Rembrandt, the Academy, except when two men of ability, and many other collections which had become such as M. Boissier and M. Legouvé, make it very rare, he has just reproduced in colors the smile pleasantly-France is in some degree fol- very interesting gallery of costumes of the lowing the method of the old pedant. She re- Revolution which belongs to M. Victorien reads more than she reads, and the literature Sardou. All is illustration in this volume es. put before the public is always, if not that which cept a pretty preface by M. Jules Claretie, the it deserves, at least that which it asks for and youngest and most fertile of our polygraphs. pays for; the caterers for the libraries reprint Three quarto pages comprise the entire lettermore old books than they publish new ones. press, after which it is the burin that speaks.
People were much astonished and almost The taste for books well made-I mean carefrightened when, fifteen or twenty years ago, fully corrected, printed in handsome types, the Hachettes began the publication in octavo and on papier de Hollande-has become so of " Les Grands Ecrivains de la France." The keen among the bourgeoisie that they pay no friends of these honorable and learned publish- heed to price. A simple octavo issuing from ers asked, not without some show of reason, the presses of Jouaust or Clay is sold for thirty where the public was to be found who would francs, or even for fifty, withont the public buy these handsome volumes, the texts of finding anything to complain of in it. which were edited so carefully and printed But it is time to speak of original works
written by our contemporaries, and which the Our tutors taught us to look upon geography general public fights for with meritorious zeal. as a cold and mummified subject: in the Tour If the smaller bookshops of Paris and the du Monde is presented to us a living geograprovinces are doing but a bad trade, it is not phy. so with the business of the great publishers. History, which the MM. Hachette have alThat is in the heyday of prosperity; and, since ways made to keep pace with geography, people like figures, I shall give you two: In has never failed to sustain the reputation of the course of 1876 the chief publishers in their house. After finishing the “ Histoire de Paris, MM. Hachette, have turned over 15,000,- France," as related by M. Guizot to his little 000 francs; and the greatest house for ready- children, Madame C. de Witt, armed with the made garments, the Belle Jardinière, turned paternal note-books, begins a “History of Engover 22,000,000_facts that prove that the land ” that is equally favorably received by our French, superficial people as they are styled, children. are beginning to care for the inner man as well M. Hetzel, after sundry enterprises and vaas the outer.
ried fortunes, is at present concentrating all The house of Hachette, founded by a profess- his resources and devoting all his talent to a or dismissed under the Restoration, is an edu- work which may be summarily entitled “Educational firm. Its honorable and lamented head cation and Recreation,” his principal fellowtook as his device, " Sic quoque docebo," "I workers being M. Jules Verne, M. Jean Macé, shall teach all the same." He kept his word. M. Eugène Muller, and M. Stahl, who, entre But not content with offering to the pupils of nous, is none other than M. Hetzel himself. our schools editions of Greek and Latin authors, The estimable author - publisher, whom the printed with an accuracy unknown before his Académie Française has often crowned, this time, he presently aimed at higher game, and year gives us “Les Histoires de Mon Parrain," worked for grown-up people without abandon- written in his own amiable, clear style ; "Le ing the young. By the side of the school edi- Jardin d'Acclimatation," by M. Grimárd; “La tions of ancient authors, the firm publish learn- Morale en Action par l'Histoire," one of the ed editions which England and Germany may best works of honest, simple Eugène Muller; perhaps rival. But passing over the lexicons “Le Petit Roi," by M. Blandy; the translation and thesauri of Alexandre and Quicherat, one of Mayne Reid's “Young Voyagers ;” and has seen appear in quick succession the "Dic “ Michel Strogoff,” M. Jules Verne's last work. tionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ” of Add to these eight or ten elegant little books, Bouillet, and his “ Dictionnaire des Sciences, extremely well illustrated, which swell the des Lettres, et des Arts; " " Le Dictionnaire library of Malle. Lili and her cousin Lucien, Géographique de la France,” by Adolphe and you have the list of the productions of thé Joanne; "Le Dictionnaire Historique de la Librairie de l'Éducation et de la Récréation, France," by Ludovic Lalanne; the Littré, that which reserves all its efforts for the month of incomparable monument of national philology; December. and the “ Dictionnaire des Contemporains," in At the establishment of Michel Lévy's brothcessantly revised and revised again by Vapereau. er and successor, a crowd of writers have Now we have the “Dictionnaire des Antiquités passed, one after the other-writers of every Grecques et Romaines," a treasure of archæ- class, serious and light, among whom some are ology, collected and classified by MM. Darem- first-rate. “Les Actes et Paroles," by Victor berg and Saglio. Each part, illustrated with Hugo, vol. ii., “ Après l'Exil; " " Les Dialoone hundred and fifty to two hundred wood- gues Philosophiques,” by Ernest Renan ; the ents, costs five or six months of work, and the correspondence of M. Doudan, have, from the book is still at the letter B. Here, again, is the first, found a place in the library of every one first part of the “ Dictionary of Botany,” edited fond of letters. Amid the numerous novels by learned M. Ballon, and a whole host of con- edited by M. Calman Lévy, from day to day, tributors. The work will be completed in I we must put aside “ Étienne Moret” and “Le do not know how many years. It will be il- Piano de Jeanne," two charming works by lustrated with 10,000 cuts, and carry light into Francisque Sarcey'; “Mon Oncle Barbasson," the most minute recesses of the vegetable by M. Mario Uchard, a fantastic and frequentworld. Finally, there is another Vapereau, of ly absurd tale, which is redeemed, however, which the third part is just out. This is the by tho drawing of a most original character, “Dictionnaire Universel des Littératures," a and a very happy opening; and the “Nouveaux repository very rich in documents about au- Récits Galiciens," by Sacher-Masoch, transthors, books, periodicals, and plays, of all times lated by M. Bentzon. MM. Erckmann-Chatrian and all countries. The manuscript of this have added another to their already long list enormous book is finished.
of popular novels, called “Maître Gaspard M. Édouard Charton, forty-three years ago, Fix," which appeared at M. Hetzel's, like their founded the Magasin Pittoresque, the oldest es- former productions. M. Plon has issued “ Les tablished of our illustrated papers; he it is who Deux Femmes du Major," the fourth volume for seventeen years past has conducted for MM. of the “ Ménages Militaires," by Madame Claire Hachette the Tour du Monde, a fine large pub- de Chandeneux, which is not entirely devoid lication, at least in France unique of its kind. of merit. But, above all, I must congratulate