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FEB 4 1910


BOUND JUL 10 1911




Published monthly by The New York Public Library at 425 Lafayette Street, New York City. President, John Bigelow, 425 Lafayette Street; Secretary, Charles Howland Russell, 425 Lafayette Street; Treasurer, Edward W. Sheldon, 45 Wall Street; Director, John S. Billings, 425 Lafayette Street.

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Entered at the Post Office at New York, N. Y., as second-class matter, January 30, 1897, under Act of July 16, 1894.


JANUARY, 1910.

No. 1.



During the month of December there were received at the Library, by purchase, 1,014 volumes and 386 pamphlets; by gift, 991 volumes and 1,366 pamphlets; and by exchange, 425 volumes and 9,744 pamphlets, making a total of 2,430 volumes and 11,496 pamphlets.

There were catalogued 2,085 volumes and 2,353 pamphlets; the number of cards written was 3,517, and of slips for the copying machine 3,525; from the latter were received 14,612 cards.

The following table shows the number of readers, and the number of volumes consulted, in the Astor and Lenox Branches during the month:

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Among the gifts worthy of mention received during the month of December were the following: From the Cambridge Bridge Commission, Boston, the "Report of the Commission and report of the Chief Engineer upon the construction of Cambridge bridge," Boston, 1909; Mrs. William T. Carter a copy of "John Redington of Topsfield, Mass., and some of his descendants, with notes on the Wales family," by Cornelia M. Redington Carter, edited by Josiah Granville Leach, Boston, 1909; the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, a set of nine medals issued by the Commission in commemoration of their work, struck in silver, silver plate, bronze, and aluminum; the Imperial Library of India a copy of part two of its Catalogue, being the "Subject index to the author catalogue," volume I, A-L. Calcutta, 1908; Dr. William V. Ingham, a copy of "Samuel Delucenna Ingham," by William Armstrong Ingham, Printed for the author, 1910; Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a copy of his "Tuberculosis, a preventable and curable disease: modern methods for the solution of the tuberculosis problem," New York, 1909, "Tuberculosis as a disease of the masses and how to combat it," and "An appeal: the antituberculosis war and the red cross Christmas stamp;" J. Pierpont Morgan, the handsomely printed and illustrated catalogue of "Cylinders and other ancient Oriental seals in the library of J. Pierpont Morgan," catalogued by William Hayes Ward, New York, privately printed, 1909; the New York City Art Commission, a "Catalogue of the works of art belonging to the City of New York and issued by the Art Commission," New York, 1909, a copy for every branch of the library; Hon. George B. McClellan, the original manuscripts of the messages from the twenty-one foreign delegates to the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, delivered at the official reception, Monday evening, September 24, 1909; the Railroad Age Gazette, sixty-four volumes of "The Engineer," London, volumes 30-93 (1870-1902); Herman Robinson, a collection of receipts and other papers, some fifteen in number, relating to a fund, created for the maintenance of Robert Crowe, the labor leader, 1905-1909, with a copy of "The reminiscences of Robert Crowe, the octogenarian tailor," printed at New York about 1903; Elihu Root, twenty-two volumes, a continuation of his gift of documents relating to the United States Insular Possessions; Professor L. S. Rowe, "Essai sur la nature du papier monnaie" by Guillermo Subercaseau [Paris, 1909]; and from Robert H. Whitten, his statistical study entitled "Comparison of operation of the New York and Paris Subway systems," 1909.

At the Lenox Branch, on December I the Hudson River prints in the galleries gave way to an exhibition of "Modern Book Plates." It is practically a display of American work, although a few French, German, English, Dutch and South American plates have been included, to accentuate the variety of interest offered by the study of ex-libris. Among the foreign plates a group by C. W. Sherborn is particularly noteworthy. Among the American ones, those by Edwin D. French and J. W. Spenceley, both deceased, are accompanied by original drawings, copper plates, impressions in various states and from canceled plates, serving to illustrate methods of production. Like these two artists, S. L. Smith, W. F. Hopson, J. H. Fincken, and A. N. Macdonald engrave their designs on copper. W. M. Stone, W. E. Fisher, D. McN. Stauffer, Jay Chambers, Mrs. A. R. Wheelan and many others draw for photo-mechanical reproduction. Still others etch their plates, and

the difference in method and results is extremely suggestive. The usual selection of illustrative literature accompanies the exhibit.

In the lower hall at the LENOx branch the Washington Irving exhibit was replaced in the middle of the month by a number of mezzotints in color by F. G. Stevenson. This art, much in vogue to-day, has been practiced in our own country, notably by S. Arlent Edwards, for a number of years. In the present exhibition the process of printing mezzotints in colors in one printing is illustrated by the aid of a copper plate showing various stages of "rocking," progressive proofs (the earlier ones in black and white, later ones in light colors, until the point is reached where the plate is finished and can be printed from in the rich colors characteristic of such work), a cancelled plate, and impressions from such plates. A full description of the process is also displayed, and the interested visitor is referred to further literature on the subject. Such an exhibit eliminates the dryness of technical details and accentuates their interest. Moreover, Stevenson's facility and adaptability are exercised on works of artists so widely separated by time and place as Botticelli, Boucher, Van Dyck, Morland, Romney, Hoppner and Reynolds. So that, as nearly always in these exhibitions, the interest is varied. in its appeal.

At the ASTOR Branch, the reproductions of paintings in the Wallace Collection and plates from Mr. J. C. Dana's collection "The printed book" were on view.

Picture bulletins and lists of books were posted in the branches as follows: CHATHAM SQUARE, Wild animals; SEWARD PARK, Arctic exploration; RIVINGTON STREET, Opera scores; HAMILTON FISH PARK, Fairy pictures; BOND STREET, Austrian Tyrol, Evolution of the North American continent, Songs that never die, Spain, Tropical America, Wild life near home; HUDSON PARK, Tangiers, Life on the Congo, John Greenleaf Whittier, Musical composers, William Ewart Gladstone; TOMPKINS SQUARE, Woman suffrage, North Pole, The December magazines; EPIPHANY, Middle Ages; 58TH STREET, Renaissance, Greek art, Roman art, Jack Frost; 67TH STREET, Reproductions of fine famous Dutch pictures, Dog stories, Bedtime stories, Indoor games; RIVERSIDE, Dutch boys and girls; Ghost stories, Nursery rhymes, Stories of the West; 115TH STREET, The child world; 125TH STREET, Fairy tales, Humor, Education, School and college stories; ST. GEORGE, Stratford-on-Avon; STAPLETON, Western life.

In addition there were picture bulletins, lists of books, verses, and songs on Christmas at twenty-nine branches, on new books at six, on New Years' Day at three, on navigating the air at two, and on subjects of Board of Education lectures at two branches.

At the RIVINGTON STREET branch there was an exhibit of relics of North American Indians loaned by the Museum of Natural History; at the 115TH STREET branch an exhibit of three large scenes carved in cork in bas-relief loaned by Messrs. Ferdinand Gutman & Co., and also an exhibit showing the growth, and the manufacture of cork into various objects; at the 135TH STREET branch a postal card exhibit of views of Cologne and Nuremberg; at the STAPLETON branch at collection of photographs of famous pictures of the Madonna; and at ST. GEORGE a collection of books illustrated by Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway, loaned by Mr. L. R. E. Paulin, including many of the Christmas books and drawings of both artists in black-and-white, as well as the more serious work of Walter Crane in his illustrations to Shakespeare, Spenser's "Faerie Queen," etc.


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Becker (G.) Notice bibliographique. (In his: La guerre contemporaine dans les Balkans. Paris, 1899. 8°. pp. 3-4.)

Bengesco (G.) Essai d'une notice bibliographique sur la question d'Orient. Orient Européen 1821-1897. Bruxelles: P. Lacomblex, 1897. xiii, 327 p., 1 l. 8°.

Bibliographie. (In: Une Confédération orientale comme solution de la question d'Orient. pp. 283-289. Paris, 1905. 12°.)

Hasluck (F. W.) Notes on manuscripts in the British Museum relating to Levant geography and travel. I pl. (British School at Athens. Ann. no. 12, pp. 196-215. London, 1905-6.)

Hiersemann (Karl W.) Die Balkanstaaten. Leipzig, 1901. 50 p. 8°. (In his: Catalog, no. 261.) Europäische Türkei, Rumänien, Bulgarien, Serbien, Bosnien, Montenegro, Griechenland, Turkenkriege... Leipzig, 1897. 42 P. 8°. (Catalog, no. 194.)

Rumänien, Bulgarien, Serbien, Montenegro. Leipzig, 1908. 105 p. 8°. (In his: Katalog, no. 354.)

La Barre de Nanteuil (B. A. de). Sources. (In his: L'Orient et l'Europe depuis le xvii siècle. Paris [1898]. 8°. p. ix.)

Maican (Jean Constantin). Bibliographie. (In his: *La question du Danube. Étude de droit international. Pp. [3]-4. Paris, 1904. 8°.)

Phillips (W. Alison). [Bibliography.] (In his: Greece and the Balkan Peninsula, in: Cambridge modern history... v. 10, pp. 803-807. Cambridge, 1907. 8°.)

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THE NEAR EASTERN QUESTION, ETC. Abbott (G. F.) The Near Eastern Question: the Turkish Empire. (Quar. Rev. London, 1909. v. 210, pp. 674-691.)


Adamovic (Lujo). Die Vegetationsstufen der Balkanländer. map. (Petermanns Mitteil. v. 54, Pp. 195–203. Gotha, 1908.)

Die Vegetationsverhältnisse der Balkanländer (Mösische Länder) umfassend Serbien, Altserbien, Bulgarien, Ostrumelien, Nordthrakien und Nordmazedonien, von Prof. Dr. Lujo Adamovic, Privatdozent der Pflanzengeographie an der Universität Wien. Mit 49 Vollbildern, 11 Textfiguren und 6 Karten. Gedruckt mit Unterstützung der Königl. Preuss. Akademie der Wissenschaften. Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann, 1909. xvi, 567 (1) p. 8°. (Die Vegetation der Erde, hrsg. v. A. Engler u. O. Drude. v. II.)

Alvisi (G. G.) Intenti politici dei diversi stati d'Europa nelle questioni orientali. Firenze: M. Cellini e C., 1889-90. 3 p.l., xiv, 1 l., 596 p., I tab. 2. ed. 12°.

Amadori-Virgilj (Giovanni). La questione rumeliota (Macedonia, Vecchia Serbia, Albania, Epiro) e la politica italiana. V. I. Bitonto: N. Garofalo, 1908. 5 maps. 4°. (Biblioteca italiana di politica estera. N. 1.)

Ambrosius, Abt., pseud. Drei Briefe aus dem Orient bezüglich des Europäisch Internationalen Rectifikationswerkes. [By Ambrosius, Abt., pseud.] Leipzig: F. Fleischer, 1869. 1 p.l., 64 p. 8°.

Apfelbeck (Victor). Fauna insectorum balcanica. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Balkanfauna. I pl. (Bosnisch-Hercegovinisches Landesmuseum in Sarajevo. Wissenschaftl. Mittheil. aus Bosnien u. d. Hercegovina. Wien, 1894-97. 4°. v. 2, pp. 511-542; v. 4, PP 539-559; v. 5, pp. 502-520.) Zur Kenntniss der paläarktischen Curculioniden. (Bosnisch-Hercegovinisches LandesmuWissenschaftl. Mittheil. aus seum in Sarajevo. Bosnien u. d. Hercegovina. Wien, 1899. 4°. v. 6, pp. 773-816.)

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