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IV. The World Here and There; Or, Travellers' Notes. From “Household Words.” Edited by OHAS. DICKENS.
" This volume, written in Dickoris's own peculiar style, gives us a bird's-eyo view of various parts of the world, and contains a good deal that is instructive, combined with still more that is amusing. There are portions of it that task our risibles pretty severely, but if it were otherwise, one might be inclined to raise a doubt in respect to the authorship."Albany Argus.
"Á more delightful volume for economical reading by the fireside, or in the rail-car, cannot well be procured."- Commercial Advertiser.
“Few enterprises of this kind present more attractive features than this of the Semi. Monthly Library.' The essays are pithy, entertaining, and valuable, and it will hardly be possible to select a greater variety of choice reading at so cheap a price as this and the subsequent volumes promise.”—Hunt's Merchant's Magazine.
“Such is the title of a new number of the cheap and attractive series of books issued in Putnam's Select Monthly Library, to which we have already given such hearty and deserved praise. It is made up of the cream of those felicitous travelling sketches which have appeared in the Household Words of Dickens; and forms a volume replete with charming information and most agreeable pictures."--Home Journal.
* The fourth of this valuable series is called The WORLD HERE AND There. It is made up of sketches descriptive of all manner of scenes and adventures, and peeping in upon every land that the tide of iravel has washed, from the golden gate of California to the kraals and jungles of Ceylon. They re from some of the most attractive writers in the United Kingdom."'-- Illustrated Family Friend.
** This is the fourth number of Mr. Putnam's Semi-Monthly Library, a series to which we have before called the attention of our readers, as containing in a cheap and readable form much valuable and interesting information. There are about twenty different articles in the present number. We do not know of any other publication that furnishes so much excellent reading and so well printed for so small a price."-Cambridge Chronicle.
“ The most poetical of humorists, the most genial of men was Hood." “This makes the fifth of the series in ‘Putnam's Semi-Monthly Library for Travellers and the Fireside.' It contains a world of wit of the very keenest sort; and in reading, it, one scarcely gets even a momentary dispensation from laughing: Some of it, however, is deep, and when it comes to be thoroughly examined is found to have in it a considerable admix sure of philosophy. The illustrations are generally good, and many of them are capital.”Puritan Recorder.
“Thomas Hood, a most admirable fellow, with a warm heart, a sound head, a humor quaint and original, a disposition amiable and facetious, a boon companion, an honorary member of the Nox-Ambrosial Club. Hood has taste, feeling and genius.”- Blackwood.
“One of the most original and powerful geniuses which was ever dropped by Faery into infant's cradle, and oddly nursed up by man into a treasure, quaint, special, chameleon. colored in the changefulness of its tints, yet complete and self-consistent. Of all the humor. ists Hood was the most poetical. There is hardly a verse in which some touches of heart, or some play of fancy, did not beckon the laughing reader into far other worlds than the jester's." -London Athenarm. "A marvellously
cheap, although illustrated edition, of one of the richest books of hunor in the English language. It keeps the risible muscles in full play; and is one of Hood's most characteristic and successful works."--Home Journal.
* The volume before us is entitled 'Hood's Own,' and is a selection from the prose and poetical writings of that original genius, whose cheerful philosophy and genuine humanity are as remarkable as his grotesque and laughter moving wit. li would be idle for us to say any thing to recommend this book to our readers. If they do not already know and admire Hood, our recommendation would avail but little."- Brattleborough Eagle.
"No man of the present century at least has signalized himself so much as a harmonist as the author of these papers. That he had a genius at once original and powerful admits of no question ; but many of his finest things require to be studied before they will reveal the sparkling treasures that are hid in them. The wood-cuts in the present volume, which are remarkably well done, are in excellent keeping with the general character of the work, and wil bear the closest inspection."-Albany Argus.
Home Narratives :
Or Stories from “Household Words.” Edited by CHARLES DICKENS.
"This is another of the excellent series which Putnam is carving out of the Household Words. That work contains more entertaining material than any other serial of its bulk, and these volumes contain the best of that material arranged in a convenient order. They may safely be classed among the most useful and agreeable reading books in our language." - Commonwealth.
“This is No. VI. of Putnam's Semi-Monthly Library for Travellers and the Fireside, and contains fourteen select tales from the ever delightful Household Words. This seriós, in paper, print, cheapness and intrinsic worth of matter, is hardly to be rivalled. These stories have the same exuberance of life and animation, the same vivid description, clear portraiture, genial satire, gentle touches of nature, and lively sympathy with the joys and sorrows of the poor, that constitute the charm of the author's more labored productions."-Courier and Enquirer.
"One in the series of Putnam's Semi-Monthly Library—a collection of choice matter on clear white paper, and in good type, that a few years since might have been counted cheap at four times the cost-250 pages in a book of the character of this and others of the Library that Mr. P. has in preparation for the press, for the sum of 25 cents must, as it should, destroy the taste for the yellow covered trash that loads the counters of the cheap Publication Offices' all over the country. In those selections and scraps you have the kernel without the huskthe seed without the shell or shuck, the clean fruit ripe, secured and well put up."-Artisan
From "he Garonne to the Rhone; or Notes, Social, Picturesque and Legen
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“We are persuaded that this happy experiment, of giving good books at a VERY LOW PRICE, will result in large pecuniary profit to the very liberal and tasteful publisher, and do great good to a world of readers. Good books in a convenient and cheap form must yield largely--at least to the reader. The books published thus far have elicited universal attention, and the one now under risideration is worthy of the place assigned it in this unique Library. It is sprightly and tasteful, full of pleasant gossip and sparkling anecdote, and is altogether eminently readable and worthy of attentive perusal. 'We recommend it very highly.”—Phila. Item.
"It is a talking sort of book that puts one entirely at his ease; and the talk is so agreeable that one is by no means impatient to reach the end of it."
---Albany Argus. “The author is a close observer, and from old fields has gleaned much that is novel and interesting. It is made up so much of incident and minute description, that one's previous reading does not at all diminish the interest of the present volume. The volume constitutes No. VII. of Putnam's Semi-Monthly Library, an enterprise we have already taken occasion to commend, and which if it meets its deserts will be in the highest degree successful. Price 25 cents per No."-Granville Tele.
“ This is one of the most delightful books we have met with this season-a light, graceful, gossiping description of a visit to the vine and olive growing regions of Southern France and the Pyrenees. The author is a man of taste as well as sentiment, and his after-dinner course of clare: and olives is pleasantly spiced with bits of humor. This book makes one of Putnam's marvellously cheap, but handsome, Semi-Monthly Library--the best series of books that we remember to have been issued by any publisher."--Phila Evening Bul.
"The style of the author is pleasing and graceful, interspersed with much historical material, gathered up during an agreeable journey. We cannot recommend this number too earnestly as we consider it the best volume issued in this series by Putnam,"-- Savannah Journal.