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New revised edition of Bancroft's History of the United States. HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, from the Discovery of the Continent to the Establishment of the Constitution in 1789. By GEORGE BANCROFT. An entirely new edition, partly rewritten and thoroughly revised. 6 vols., 8vo, printed from new type, and bound in cloth, uncut, with gilt top, $2.50; sheep, $3.50; half calf, $4.50 per volume. Vols. I to IV ready.

In this edition of his great work the author has made extensive changes in the text, condensing in places, enlarging in others, and carefully revising. It is practically a new work, embodying the results of the latest researches, and enjoying the advantage of the author's long and mature experience. The original octavo edition was published in twelve volumes. The present edition will be completed in six volumes, each volume containing about twice as much matter.

"On comparing this work with the corresponding volume of the 'Centenary' edition of 1876, one is surprised to see how extensive changes the author has found desirable, even after so short an interval. The first thing that strikes one is the increased number of chapters, resulting from subdivision. The first volume contains two volumes of the original, and is divided into thirty-eight chapters instead of eighteen. This is in itself an improvement. But the new arrangement is not the result merely of subdivision: the matter is rearranged in such a manner as vastly to increase the lucidity and continuousness of treatment. In the present edition Mr. Bancroft returns to the principle of division into periods, abandoned in the Centenary' edition. His division is, however, a new one. As the permanent shape taken by a great historical work, this new arrangement is certainly an improvement."-The Nation (New York).

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"It has not been granted to many historians to devote half a century to the history of a single people, and to live long enough, and, let us add, to be willing and wise enough, to revise and rewrite in an honored old age the work of a whole lifetime."-New York Mail and Express.

"The extent and thoroughness of this revision would hardly be guessed with out comparing the editions side by side. The condensation of the text amounts to something over one third of the previous edition. There has also been very considerable recasting of the text. On the whole, our examination of the first volume leads us to believe that the thought of the historian loses nothing by the abbreviation of the text. A closer and later approximation to the best results of scholarship and criticism is reached. The public gains by its more compact brevity and in amount of matter, and in economy of time and money." ."-The Independent (New York).

"There is nothing to be said at this day of the value of 'Bancroft.' Its authority is no longer in dispute, and as a piece of vivid and realistic historical writing it stands among the best works of its class. It may be taken for granted that this new edition will greatly extend its usefulness."-Philadelphia North American.

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HISTORY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, from the Revolution to the Civil War. By JOHN BACH MCMASTER. To be completed in five volumes. Volume I, 8vo, cloth, gilt top, $2.50. SCOPE OF THE WORK.-In the course of this narrative much is written of wars, conspiracies, and rebellions; of Presidents, of Congresses, of embassies, of treaties, of the ambition of political leaders, and of the rise of great parties in the nation. Yet the history of the people is the chief theme. At every stage of the splendid prog. ress which separates the America of Washington and Adams from the America in which we live, it has been the author's purpose to describe the dress, the occupations, the amusements, the literary canons of the times; to note the changes of manners and morals; to trace the growth of that humane spirit which abolished punishment for debt, and reformed the discipline of prisons and of jails; to recount the manifold improvements which, in a thousand ways, have multiplied the conveniences of life and ministered to the happiness of our race; to describe the rise and progress of that long series of mechanical inventions and discoveries which is now the admiration of the world, and our just pride and boast; to tell how, under the benign influence of liberty and peace, there sprang up, in the course of a single century, a prosperity unparalleled in the annals of human affairs.

"The pledge given by Mr. McMaster, that the history of the people shall be the chief theme,' is punctiliously and satisfactorily fulfilled. He carries out his promise in a complete, vivid, and delightful way. We should add that the literary execution of the work is worthy of the indefatigable industry and unceasing vigi lance with which the stores of historical material have been accumulated, weighed, and sifted. The cardinal qualities of style, lucidity, animation, and energy, are everywhere present. Seldom, indeed, has a book, in which matter of substantial value has been so happily united to attractiveness of form, been offered by an American author to his fellow-citizens."-New York Sun.

"To recount the marvelous progress of the American people, to describe their life, their literature, their occupations, their amusements, is Mr. McMaster's object. His theme is an important one, and we congratulate him on his success. It has rarely been our province to notice a book with so many excellences and so few defects."-New York Herald.

"Mr. McMaster at once shows his grasp of the various themes and his special capacity as a historian of the people. His aim is high, but he hits the mark."— New York Journal of Commerce.

"I have had to read a good deal of history in my day, but I find so much freshness in the way Professor McMaster has treated his subject that it is quite like a new story."-Philadelphia Press.

"Mr. McMaster's success as a writer seems to us distinct and decisive. In the first place he has written a remarkably readable history. His style is clear and vigorous, if not always condensed. He has the faculty of felicitous comparison and contrast in a marked degree. Mr. McMaster has produced one of the most spirited of histories, a book which will be widely read, and the entertaining quality of which is conspicuous beyond that of any work of its kind."-Boston Gazette.

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MILITARY HISTORY OF ULYSSES S. GRANT. From April, 1861, to April, 1865. By General ADAM BADEAU, Aide-de-Camp to the General-in-Chief. Complete in three octavo volumes, containing over 2,000 pages, illustrated with a Steel Portrait and thirty-three Maps. Cloth, $12.00; sheep, $15.00; half morocco, $20.00. Sold by subscription only.

RISE AND FALL OF THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT. By JEFFERSON DAVIS. Complete in two volumes, 8vo. Illustrated with Portraits of Mr. Davis, his Cabinet, Aides, and Generals, and with Maps and Plans. Price, per volume, in cloth, $5.00; sheep, $6.00; half turkey, $7.00; full turkey, $10.00. Sold by subscription only. "Every impartial reader must recognize the ability with which it is composed, the sincerity with which his opinions are held, and the good faith with which they are set forth, and the value which it possesses as the authentic commentary on the most momentous episode in the history of the United States since their independence was acknowledged and their Constitution was framed."-London Athenæum.

ANECDOTAL HISTORY OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT. From the Earliest Periods to the Present Time, with Notices of Eminent Parliamentary Men and Examples of their Oratory. Compiled by G. H. JENNINGS. Crown 8vo, cloth, $2.50.

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As pleasant a companion for the leisure hours of a studious and thoughtful man as anything in book-shape since Selden."-London Telegraph.

YOUNG IRELAND. A Fragment of Irish History, 1840-1850. By the Hon. Sir CHARLES GAVAN DUFFY, K. C. M. G. 8vo, cloth, $3.00. New cheap edition. 12mo, cloth, $1.50.

"Never did any book appear so opportunely. But, whenever it had appeared, with so lucid and graphic a style, so large a knowledge of the Irish Question, and so statesmanlike a grasp of its conditions, it would have been a book of great mark."-London Spectator.

A HISTORY OF GREECE. From the Earliest Times to the Present. By T. T. TIMAYENIS. With Maps and Illustrations. Two volumes, 12mo, cloth, $2.50.

HISTORY OF HERODOTUS. An English Version, edited, with Copious Notes and Appendices, by GEORGE RAWLINSON, M. A. With Maps and Illustrations. New edition. In four volumes, 8vo, vellum cloth, $8.00.

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HISTORY OF THE FORMATION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. By GEORGE BANCROFT. Uniform with, and a continuation of, the author's "History of the

United States." In 2 vols., 8vo, cloth, $2.50 each.

"The American Constitution is the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man."-W. E. GLADSTONE.

"Mr. George Bancroft, in his eighty-second year-an age which few men reach, and at which few of those who do reach it retain the disposition or the capacity for protracted literary labor-sends out to the world a work which, in its clearness and strength of diction, its breadth of scope, its wealth of fresh material, and its philosophic grasp of events and their causes, would have reflected honor upon his prime. His 'History of the Formation of the Constitution of the United States of America' may be viewed either as a continuation of his previous History of the United States,' or as an independent work; and, viewed in either aspect, it is a contribution to our literature of singular value and importance."-Boston Journal.

"It is nearly a half-century since George Bancroft published the first volume of the work by which his reputation has chiefly been made, and on which alone it will rest in aftertime. He now gives to the world two additional volumes of his colossal undertaking, for, although possessing another title, they, in truth, are but a part of the work begun so long ago."-New York Times.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. By W. E. H. LECKY, author of "History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe," etc. Volumes III and IV, extending from the accession of George III to 1784, the opening year of Pitt's first ministry, and covering the period of the American Revolution. Published by arrangement with the author. Large 12mo. Uniform with Vols. I and II, of which new editions

are now ready. The 4 vols., cloth, $2.25 each.

"This section of the work covers the first twenty-two years of the reign of George III, a period which, in its bearing on constitutional, political, and social problems, was the most pregnant in the modern history of Great Britain. It was during these momentous years that the relation of the Crown to a Ministry representing the House of Commons was definitely fixed, that the necessity of parliamentary reform and the expediency of abolishing Catholic disabilities were distinctly recognized, and that the influence of the newspaper press acquired unprecedented weight among political agencies, and called for new guarantees of freedom by changes in the law of libel. This was the period of Burke's most potent and exemplary activity, of the Middlesex election in which Wilkes played a part analogous to that taken by Bradlaugh in our own day, of the ministries of Bute, Greuville, Rockingham, Chatham, Shelburne, and the younger Pitt.

"At home and abroad this quarter of a century was memorable for conquests and revolutions. The affairs of the East India Company were administered by Clive, and the vast accessions of territory in Bengal were supplemented by those resulting from the war with Hyder Ali. In America the discontent of the thirteen colonies had ripened into open revolt, and all the phases of the contest are exhibited in these volumes, up to the last year of exhaustion and inaction which preceded the final peace. Simultaneous with this movement on the other side of the Atlantic was the growth of political discontent in Ireland, which culminated in the demand for legislative independence. All of these topics are carefully discussed by Mr. Lecky, and the spirit which he evinces is so candid and impar tial that his conclusions will be listened to with attention and respect, even where they run counter to the reader's individual opinions and predilections."-New York Sun.

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