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"From first to last the whole story is adorned with grace of style, with picturesque colouring, with touches of racy humour, that are rarely found in combination with true artistic power and keen insight into human nature."
"The story in itself is very simple; but, told as Mr. Black tells it, it is a true and tender romance, with all the breezy freshness of the Highlands about it. We seem, as we read, to hear the waves dashing against the rocky shore, and to feel the soft spray driven into our faces by the boisterous wind, or to tread the soft and springy heather, watching the sunrise as it streaks with rosy red the mountains and the moorland loch; and we sympathize with the love passages between Sheila and Lavender as if the pair were old personal friends..... We can safely say that seldom has a more graceful and pathetic romance been written, while the novelty of the life so admirably depicted lends to it additional charms."-Morning Post.
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"It is quite refreshing to take up such a work of fiction. It is no exaggeration to say that the story exercises a sort of fascination over the reader from the first chapter to the last, and this by no fantastic spell, but by the charm of the purest, truest, and most healthy sentiment. There is not one extravagant incident, one overdrawn character, in the novel. The structure of the plot is simplicity itself. The events narrated are free from all sensationalism. The characters represent human nature such as it actually isthe very noblest of them, indeed, exhibit it in its simplest and least conventional form. Yet we defy the united powers of all the most transcendental romancist to produce a more beautiful and touching tale."-Daily Telegraph.
"It is not of many novels it can be said they are good from the title to the end, but this may be fairly remarked of Mr. Black's last work, to which he has given so happily descriptive a title. Mr. Black never relies for effect upon violent means. He contrives by delicate, subtle, but sure touches to win the interest of his readers, and to retain it till the last volume is laid down with reluctance. The characters of Sheila and her father, Mackenzie, ought to have an enduring and recognized existence in fiction..... The Princess of Thule' is altogether a remarkable novel: it will add to the reputation which Mr. Black has already made by his sincere and undeviating loyalty to the best principles of the art in which he excels."-Globe.
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A History of Booksellers, the Old and the New. By Henry Curwen. With Portraits and Illustrations. (Chatto & Windus.) THAT the history of booksellers, or rather of the British booksellers, should not have been taken up before is a matter of some surprise. The volume in which it is now in part treated rather offers materials for a history than contains the history itself. The compilation is a readable volume, in which we are conducted along many a well-trodden road. After incidents of trade, we come upon biographies of publishers, with statistics of prices, details of good or bad luck, and occasional traits of heroism on the part of men who started with nothing but honesty and courage, and who conquered fortune by perseverance. For these details Mr. Curwen has found solid and ample materials in that excellent trade publication, the Bookseller, the establishment of which, and that of the Shilling Almanack, will, doubtless, be told in some future history of the modern house of Whitaker. It is to be regretted that in compiling the early history of the English "Stationers," Mr. Curwen did not go a little further a-field out of the beaten track. If he had only, for example, turned over Anstey's 'Monum-Academ: Documents Illustrative of Academical Life and Studies at Oxford,' he would have found something new regarding the old English stationers in the time of Henry the Sixth, in whose reign the "picturedealer" was not entirely unknown. Limners then painted for the stationers, just as some artists now do for the dealers. The parties quarrelled then, as now; and, in the earlier period, the stationer kept the limner up to his "collar" more stringently, perhaps, than a dealer could do at the present time. In the year 1445, one of these stationers in Oxford, John Godsond, commissioned a certain John Coneley to limn the illustrations in books sold by the first John. Coneley was probably a genius, for, after accepting the commission, he would work only when, where, and in what fashion he liked. He resented interference or inspection on the part of the stationer, and as for carrying his work home when finished, Godsond might come for it, send for it, or leave it! The two men were speedily at loggerheads. The dispute defied the powers of the arbitrators; and the Chancellor himself was obliged to take the matter in hand! The victory was substantially for the stationer, Poor Coneley was bound to paint pictures in Godsond's books "well and faithfully." The engagement was to hold good for a year; Coneley was not to paint for any other dealer within that time, and his reward was to be "four marks and ten shillings of the good and lawful money of England." In obedience to other equally stringent and unsatisfactory restrictions, the artist might be seen going down to Godsond's station in Oxford, and receiving his materials, parchment and colours, from the detested dealer's hands. At stated intervals, the artist carried his pictorial work home; where groups of connoisseurs, amateurs, and others looked at the result of the artist's labour, and praised, censured, or
passed it over in silence. How he had used his colours, what were left of them, and how these were to be honestly saved for the stationer's profit, and not for the limner's use, were matters duly impressed upon him, with a hint at the law and its application. At another time, Godsond, being a connoisseur, thought he would go down to the limner's and see how he was going on, and give him a few suggestions. This step was evidently irritating and exasperating to the artist. He would not be overlooked; not he! He wanted no suggestions from a stationer. He would not work at all if he were thus rudely watched and needlessly helped. But there was no help for it. Godsond took a stool at Coneley's side, or he watched him from corners of the room as he lounged about, and ever and anon, at opportune seasons, the stationer both proposed and disposed as to how the work was to proceed. Coneley struggled against the pricks in vain, for he had taken his "corporal oath," as it is called, sworn on the crucifix, to do his artist's work, not according to his inspiration, but according to the fancy and caprice of his employer. In such position did painter and dealer, or limner and stationer, stand in the reign of Henry the Sixth, and the year of Salvation, 1445.
Not only has Mr. Curwen not gone to hitherto unworked veins, but he has not devoted as much care to the building up of old materials as could be desired. In such a book as this, correctness in dates is essential; and the volume would have lost nothing in value by stricter attention being given to this matter. On merely opening the volume casually, we find it stated that Tonson, who died in 1736, brought out the first folio edition of Paradise Lost,' in 1788; and that, by the sale of this and future editions, old Jacob, who had then been dead above half a century, was enabled to keep his carriage! Subsequently we find Thomas Longman, who was apprenticed in 1716, thus disposed of :-"On the 10th of June, 1855, only two months after the publication of 'The Dictionary' (Dr. Johnson's!) he died"; and it is added, that Johnson was "obliged to put off his well-earned holiday trip to Oxford"! Of Thomas Brown, a later partner in the house, Mr. Curwen probably did not know that during the half century Mr. Brown was a partner, he never slept out of Paternoster Row. The methodical bachelor took a Saturday half holiday to dine at Richmond, but he returned to the "Row" to sleep. We had this sample of his life from his own lips. At page 120 we are told that a coldness between Scott and Jeffrey "led Scott to originate the Quarterly Review"; and at page 171, Mr. Curwen proves "that Murray is entitled to the whole credit of the new scheme," of originating the last named periodical. Again, we much doubt whether Langhorne's Plutarch,' Mitford's Greece,' and D'Israeli's 'Curiosities of Literature,' are still "annual sources of revenue to the firm" of Murray. But some errors were made by the firm itself, and we can understand Byron's disgust at Murray's shopman speaking of the young peer's epic as 'Child of Harrow's Pilgrimage.' In Johnson's Life Boswell has told of booksellers' feasts, and Mr. Curwen has overlooked them; but he correctly says of those given by Murray that "famous tales are told of the publisher's dinners, of tables surrounded
as never any king's table but that of the Emperor of the West" (Mr. Murray's nickname) "had ever been." The compiler is again in error at page 198, where we are left to suppose that Mr. Elwin is still the editor of the Quarterly; further on, he omits the name of Mr. S. C. Hall from the list of editors of the New Monthly; and when he tells us that Mr. Colburn, the publisher, resolved to take Mr. Bentley, his printer, into partnership, he reverses the true story, as Mr. Bentley carried out his own resolution (as printer) to make himself a partner in the house for which he so largely printed. There were good reasons for the course taken, though it was not a pleasant course for either party. Mr. Curwen, again, is wrong in ascribing the death of Robert Chambers to the over-work lavished on his 'Book of Days.' The labour of that book fell upon over-worked editors, who, however, survived it, and Robert Chambers's death was attributable to other causes. Why, in another page, the compiler calls Blackwood's Magazine "the Whiggish Blackwood" it would probably puzzle himself to tell. Then, speaking of the old Literary Gazette, Mr. Curwen says, "it is most gratefully remembered as having encouraged in its poetical columns the earliest writings of Mrs. Hemans," we thought Miss Landon (L. E. L.) was the lady whose name was so peculiarly connected with the Gazette. At page 283, Mr. Curwen seems to imagine that Pepys's Diary is now published as he left it; but it is no more so than Fanny Burney's Diary, but for different reasons. This last matter is one which a man may be forgiven for not knowing; but we are fairly astounded when we are informed that "of all the literary men connected with the Rivingtons of this era, none was more useful, and few deserve more grateful remembrance from posterity, than George Ayrscough, facile princeps of index-makers." Poor Rev. Samuel Ayscough, indexer of the Gentleman's Magazine, and of so many other works which, wanting the index, would have been nearly useless, thus your great deeds, and merits, and patient qualities, and the debt due to you by posterity, is assigned to the George Ayscough who about a century ago edited the works of Lord Lyttelton-and George's surname is wrongly spelt !-and so is the title of one of the famous cheap books sold by the elder Tegg, "Philip Quail !"
In speaking of the booksellers' trade sales, Mr. Curwen says that, at the close of the century, they were held at the Horn Tavern in Doctors' Commons, and were preceded by a luxurious dinner, when the bottle and the jest went round merrily, and the competition was heightened by wine and laughter. It was at one of these trade-sale dinners that the late Mr. Tegg heard Alderman Cadell give the then famous toast, "The booksellers' four B's, Burns, Blair, Buchan, and Blackstone," which indicated the books that were sold in the greatest numbers. Trade-sale dinners did not cease with the last century. They are, perhaps, not so numerous as of old, but the trade dinners of Mr. Murray and Mr. Bentley are royal banquets, in the best sense of that qualifying term.
But the great publishers have been famous for hospitality in another direction, on which matter we will say a few words.
The custom of combining a dinner with