Chatto & Windus's List of Books, July 1878
CHATTO & WINDUS’S
List of Books.
ON BOOKS AND BOOK-BUYERS.
By John Ruskin, LL.D.
“I say we have despised literature; what do we, as a nation, careabout books? How much do you think we spend altogether on ourlibraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on ourhorses? If a man spends lavishly on his library, you call him mad—abibliomaniac. But you never call one a horse-maniac, though menruin themselves every day by their horses, and you do not hear of peopleruining themselves by their books. Or, to go lower still, how much doyou think the contents of the book-shelves of the United Kingdom, publicand private, would fetch, as compared with the contents of its wine-cellars?What position would its expenditure on literature take as comparedwith its expenditure on luxurious eating? We talk of food forthe mind, as of food for the body: now, a good book contains such foodinexhaustible: it is provision for life, and for the best part of us; yethow long most people would look at the best book before they would givethe price of a large turbot for it! Though there have been men whohave pinched their stomachs and bared their backs to buy a book, whoselibraries were cheaper to them, I think, in the end, than most men’sdinners are. We are few of us put to such a trial, and more the pity;for, indeed, a precious thing is all the more precious to us if it has beenwon by work or economy; and if public libraries were half as costly aspublic dinners, or books cost the tenth part of what bracelets do, evenfoolish men and women might sometimes suspect there was good in readingas well as in munching and sparkling; whereas the very cheapnessof literature is making even wiser people forget that if a book is worthreading it is worth buying.”—Sesame and Lilies; or, King’sTreasures.
Chatto & Windus’s
List of Books.
The Art of Beauty.
By Mrs. H. R. Haweis, Author of “Chaucer for Children.”With nearly One Hundred Illustrations by the Author.
“A most interesting book, full of valuable hints and suggestions.... Ifyoung ladies would but lend their ears for a little to Mrs. Haweis, we are quitesure that it would result in their being at once more tasteful, more happy, and morehealthy than they now often are, with their false hair, high heels, tight corsets, andever so much else of the same sort.”—Nonconformist.
Translated into Human Nature. By C. H. Bennett.
“For fun and frolic the new version of Æsop’s Fables must bear away thepalm. There are plenty of grown-up children who like to be amused; and if thisnew version of old stories does not amuse them they must be very dull indeed,and their situation one much to be commiserated.”—Morning Post.
A Handbook of Architectural Styles.
Translated from the German of A. Rosengarten by W.Collett-Sandars. With 639 Illustrations.4
A History of Advertising,
From the Earliest Times. Illustrated by Anecdotes, CuriousSpecimens, and Biographical Notes of Successful Advertisers.By Henry Sampson.
“We have here a book to be thankful for. We recommend the present volume,which takes us through antiquity, the middle ages, and the present time, illustratingall in turn by advertisements—serious, comic, roguish, or downright rascally.The volume is full of entertainment from the first page to the last.”—Athenæum.
Artemus Ward’s Works:
The Works of Charles Farrer Browne, better known asArtemus Ward. With Portrait, facsimile of Handwriting, &c.
“The author combines the powers of Thackeray with those of Albert Smith.The salt is rubbed in with a native hand—one which has the gift of tickling.”—SaturdayReview.
As Pretty as Seven,
and other Popular German Stories. Collected by LudwigBechstein. With Additional Tales by the Brothers Grimm,and 100 Illustrations by Richter.
A Handbook of London Bankers;
With some Account of their Predecessors, the Early Goldsmiths;together with Lists of Bankers, from 1677 to 1876. By F. G.Hilton Price.
Bardsley’s Our English Surnames:
Their Sources and Significations. By Charles WareingBardsley, M.A. Second Edition, revised throughout, considerablyenlarged, and partially rewritten.
“Mr. Bardsley has faithfully consulted the original mediæval documents andworks from which the origin and development of surnames can alone be satisfactorilytraced. He has furnished a valuable contribution to the literature ofsurnames, and we hope to hear more of him in this field.”—Times.
Baker’s Clouds in the East:
Travels and Adventures on the Perso-Turkoman Frontier. ByValentine Baker. With Maps and Illustrations, colouredand plain, from Original Sketches. Second Edition, revised andcorrected.
“A man who not only thinks for himself, but who has risked his life in order togain information.... A most graphic and lively narrative of travels and adventureswhich have nothing of the commonplace about them.”—Leeds Mercury.5
Henry Blackburn’s Art Handbooks:
- Academy Notes, 1875.
- With Forty Illustrations. 1s.
- Academy Notes, 1876.
- With One Hundred and Seven Illustrations. 1s.
- Academy Notes, 1877.
- With One Hundred and Forty-three Illustrations. 1s.
- Academy Notes, 1878.
- With One Hundred and Fifty Illustrations. 1s.
- Grosvenor Notes, 1878.
- With Sixty-eight Illustrations, 1s. [See end of this list.]
- Dudley Notes, 1878.
- (The Water-colour Exhibition.) With Sixty-four Illusts., 1s.
- Pictures at South Kensington.
- (The Raphael Cartoons, Sheepshanks Collection, &c.) With Seventy Illustrations. 1s.
- The English Pictures at the National Gallery.
- With One Hundred and Fourteen Illustrations. 1s.
- The Old Masters at the National Gallery.
- With One Hundred and Thirty Illustrations. 1s. 6d.
⁂ The two last form a complete Catalogue to the National Gallery,and may be had bound in one volume, cloth, 3s.
“Our Bank of Elegance notes are not in high credit. But our Bank of Artsnotes ought to be, when the bank is Henry Blackburn’s & Co., and the notes arehis Grosvenor Gallery Notes, and his Academy Notes for 1878. Never were moreunmistakable cases of “value received,” than theirs who purchase these two wonderfulshillingsworths—the best aids to memory, for the collections they relate to,that have ever been produced. The Illustrations, excellent records of the pictures,in many cases from sketches by the painters, are full of spirit, and, for their scale,wonderfully effective; the remarks terse, and to the point. After Punch’s OwnGuide to the Academy, and the Grosvenor, the best, he has no hesitation in saying,are Mr. Blackburn’s.”—Punch, June 7, 1878.
The Royal Scottish Academy Notes, 1878.
Containing One Hundred and Seventeen Illustrations of theChief Works, from Drawings by the Artists. Edited byGeorge R. Halkett. 1s.
Notes to the Seventeenth Exhibition of the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1878.
Containing 95 Illustrations,chiefly from Drawings by the Artists. Edited by George R.Halkett. 1s.
Etchings from his Works. By William Bell Scott. Withdescriptive Text.
“The best side of Blake’s work is given here, and makes a really attractivevolume, which all can enjoy.... The etching is of the best kind, more refinedand delicate than the original work.”—Saturday Review.
or, Ten Days’ Entertainment. Translated into English, with anIntroduction by Thomas Wright, Esq., M.A., F.S.A. WithPortrait, and Stothard’s beautiful Copperplates.
That the purpose with which “BELGRAVIA” was originated has beenfulfilled, is shown by the popularity that has attended it since its first appearance.Aiming, as may be inferred from its name, at supplying the mostrefined and cultivated section of London society with intellectual pabulum suitedto its requirements, it sprang at once into public favour, and has since remainedone of the most extensively read and widely circulated of periodicals. In passinginto new hands it has experienced no structural change or modification. Increasedenergy and increased capital have been employed in elevating it to thehighest standard of excellence, but all the features that had won public appreciationhave been retained, and the Magazine still seeks its principal support in thehomes of Belgravia. As the means through which the writer most readily reachesthe heart of the general public, and in consequence as the most important of aidsin the establishment of morals and the formation of character, fiction still remainsa principal feature in the Magazine. Two Serial Stories accordingly run throughits pages; supplemented by short Stories, Novelettes, and narrative or dramaticSketches: whilst Essays, Social, Biographical, and Humorous; Scientific Discoveriesbrought to the level of popular comprehension, and treated with a lighttouch; Poetry, of the highest character; and records of Adventure and Travel,form the remaining portion of the contents. Especial care is now bestowedupon the illustrations, of which no fewer than four appear in each number.Beyond the design of illustrating the article they accompany, these aim at maintaininga position as works of art, both as regards drawing and engraving.In short, whatever claims the Magazine before possessed to favour have now beenenhanced, and the Publishers can but leave the result to a public that has seldomfailed to appreciate all earnest, persistent, and well-directed efforts for its amusementand benefit.
⁂ The THIRTY-FIFTH Volume of BELGRAVIA, elegantlybound in crimson cloth, full gilt side and back, gilt edges, price 7s. 6d.,is now ready.—Handsome Cases for binding the volume can be had at 2s.each.
Vers de Société. By J. Ashby-Sterry.7
Beautiful Pictures by British Artists:
A Gathering of Favourites from our Picture Galleries. In 2 Series.
The First Series including Examples by Wilkie, Constable,Turner, Mulready, Landseer, Maclise, E. M.Ward, Frith, Sir John Gilbert, Leslie, Ansdell, MarcusStone, Sir Noel Paton, Faed, Eyre Crowe, Gavin O’Neil,and Madox Brown.
The Second Series containing Pictures by Armytage, Faed,Goodall, Hemsley, Horsley, Marks, Nicholls, Sir NoelPaton, Pickersgill, G. Smith, Marcus Stone, Solomon,Straight, E. M. Ward, and Warren.
All engraved on Steel in the highest style of Art. Edited, withNotices of the Artists, by Sydney Armytage, M.A.
“This book is well got up, and good engravings by Jeens, Lumb Stocks, andothers, bring back to us pictures of Royal Academy Exhibitions of past years.”—Times.
Blanchard’s (Laman) Poems.
Now first Collected. Edited, with a Life of the Author byBlanchard Jerrold.
Bret Hart’s Select Works,
in Prose and Poetry. With Introductory Essay by J. M. Bellow,Portrait of the Author, and 50 Illustrations.
“Not many months before my friend’s death, he had sent me two sketches ofa young American writer (Bret Harte), far away in California (‘The Outcastsof Poker Flat,’ and another), in which he had found such subtle strokesof character as he had not anywhere else in late years discovered; the mannerresembling himself, but the matter fresh to a degree that had surprised him;the painting in all respects masterly, and the wild rude thing painted a quitewonderful reality. I have rarely known him more honestly moved.”—Forster’sLife of Dickens.
Brand’s Observations on Popular Antiquities,
chiefly Illustrating the Origin of our Vulgar Customs,Ceremonies, and Superstitions. With the Additions of SirHenry Ellis. An entirely New and Revised Edition, with finefull-page Illustrations.