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free from that unwholesome sensualism which too often infects the poetry of the period."—Hour.

From a "Southron " poet to a Scotch critic, who is (and will be) nameless :

Oh! Scotsman! in thine hours of ease
Uncanny, slow, and hard to please,-
And querulous in thy tirade

As shrewish wife or sour old maid,-
When too much "whusky "stings thy brow,
An unco' saucy deevil thou!

(Slightly!) altered from Scott (to Scot).

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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 as never any king's table but that of the
his colours, what were left of them, and how Emperor of the West" (Mr. Murray's nick-
these were to be honestly saved for the sta- name) "had ever been." The compiler is
tioner's profit, and not for the limner's use, were again in error at page 198, where we are left
matters duly impressed upon him, with a hint to suppose that Mr. Elwin is still the editor of
at the law and its application. At another time, the Quarterly; further on, he omits the name
Godsond, being a connoisseur, thought he would of Mr. S. C. Hall from the list of editors of
go down to the limner's and see how he was the New Monthly; and when he tells us that
going on, and give him a few suggestions. Mr. Colburn, the publisher, resolved to take
This step was evidently irritating and exasper- Mr. Bentley, his printer, into partnership, he
ating to the artist. He would not be over- reverses the true story, as Mr. Bentley carried
looked; not he! He wanted no suggestions out his own resolution (as printer) to make
from a stationer. He would not work at all himself a partner in the house for which he so
if he were thus rudely watched and needlessly largely printed. There were good reasons for
helped. But there was no help for it. God- the course taken, though it was not a pleasant
sond took a stool at Coneley's side, or he course for either party. Mr. Curwen, again,
watched him from corners of the room as he is wrong in ascribing the death of Robert
lounged about, and ever and anon, at opportune Chambers to the over-work lavished on his
seasons, the stationer both proposed and dis-Book of Days.' The labour of that book fell
posed as to how the work was to proceed. upon over-worked editors, who, however,
Coneley struggled against the pricks in vain, survived it, and Robert Chambers's death was
for he had taken his "corporal oath," as it is attributable to other causes. Why, in another
called, sworn on the crucifix, to do his artist's page, the compiler calls Blackwood's Magazine
work, not according to his inspiration, but "the Whiggish Blackwood" it would probably
according to the fancy and caprice of his puzzle himself to tell. Then, speaking of the
employer. In such position did painter and old Literary Gazette, Mr. Curwen says, "it is
dealer, or limner and stationer, stand in the most gratefully remembered as having en-
reign of Henry the Sixth, and the year of couraged in its poetical columns the earliest
Salvation, 1445.
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 Riving-
tons of this era, none was more useful, and
few deserve more grateful remembrance from
posterity, than George Ayrscough, facile prin-
ceps 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 !"

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 publi-
cation 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 Satur-
day 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 'Plu-
tarch,' 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 book-term.
sellers' 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

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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

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

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