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"The type, or general getting up, of the cheap re-issues seldom comes within the reach of commendation. Except the admirable series of Messrs. Lambert and Co., we know of no existing 'cheap libraries' which are really suited to the traveller, although all are published with a special pretension to the patronage of the travelling world."-Southern Times.




THE AMUSING LIBRARY: Neat Pocket-Volumes for Home or Railway, also for Presents or Prizes, containing Original Tales; also Translations and Reprints of Popular Works, price 1s. 6d. to 2s. 6d. per vol. in very handsome ornamental boards; also, in cloth, 6d. per vol. extra; or, very elegant cloth gilt, 1s. extra.

*. The object is to provide a choice supply of Books of Light Reading, entirely free from objectionable matter, and which may be indiscriminately used by young and old. Great care has been bestowed in the selection; and it is hoped that the Works contained in this Series will be found adapted in every respect for the perusal of all who desire a sound and healthy imaginative literature, free from every thing immoral on the one hand, or controversial on the other. The volumes, while issued at a price which brings them within the reach of all, yet possess sufficient attractions of typography and embellishinent to fit them for the drawing-room table and for presents to friends.

It is proposed to comprise a choice selection of the best of the imaginative writings of vari. ous countries. With original tales and reprints of home authors will be united the best fictions of other lands,-Belgian, French, German, Spanish, Italian, &c.; and as the scenes are laid in different countries and at different periods, the volumes will not only furnish amusing reading, but will likewise convey, esprecially youthful Jer, much histori

a, the Editors ouncing that

they have made an arrangement with the dis. tinguished Belgian novelist, Hendrik Conscience, by which they will be enabled to include in their Library an authorised edition of his works, both those which are already published and those which may hereafter appear. They are also in communication with several other foreign authors of distinction, whose works will speedily be announced.

On the whole, it is hoped that the new Library may fairly claim a distinct place among the serials of the day, both on the ground of its cheapness, the elegance ofits form, and the variety and excellence of its matter.

"It is proposed by the editors,-and we know they are gentlemen who will not depart frome the principle they have laid down,-to publish such a collection as shall be distinguished from any other series, by its special adaptation to the wants of those who desire the greatest amount of recrection, combined with a perfectly unobjectionable character. They are undoubt edly some of the most amusing and instructive books that we have looked into; and as they are essentially right-minded, but nonreligious, any one, of whatever creed, may read the books without scruple All may her meet on the uncontroversial field of a sound imagi native literature."-Kentish Independent.

"We have no hesitation in saying, that the typography and paper of these volumes will bear a comparison with some publications of a similar kind at four times their price."--Newcastle Chronicle.

"It is rare indeed that such sterling literature has been presented in such unexception. able garb, and upon terms so moderate."-Newcastle Journal.

"We have not seen for many a day books. which so deeply interested us, and which are so much in advance of the ordinary books provided for the rail or road.. The Amusing Library' will be the most popular of the many which these stirring day's have produced "Churchman's Companion.

"Ministers of religion and philanthropists have long lamented the absence of some well


written serial works suitable for the million, to counteract the baneful influence of the im pure literature of the day. The want is here supplied with judgment and good taste. The books are valuable both to old and young."Manchester Courier.

"The first issue of a new series of the class of works most popular in these days-railway literature; and in point of beauty of type, brightness of paper, and general excellence of 'get up,' are certainly far ahead of every thing of the sort yet published." Illustrated Maga


"Nicely blending, as they each do, entertainment with instruction, and unmarred by controversy, these volumes are admirably adapted for perusal, either at home or on the railway." -Caledonian Mercury.

"Tales which will form pleasant companions on the railway or steamer, and be no less welcone at the fireside. Racily told, and referring to all times and places, and all classes of people, including the monarch, the warrior, the artist, the soldier, the peasant, &c. &c."Glasgow Herald.


"Precisely what our light literature ought to be, with a genial warmth and frank simplicity of style which are very captivating."Ecclesiastic.

"Writing in a language familiar to comparatively few, Conscience owes to his own merits alone the European reputation which he now enjoys. There is a truthfulness in his pictures which is perfectly delightful, while the whole moral of his works is such as to make them a valuable addition to the lightreading division of a library."-Notes and Queries.

"Conscience's tales have strong distinctive points of interest, which lay hold of the sympathies of the reader, and sustain him in a state of deep and permanent interest; pure and chaste in sentiment, unaffected in style, and exquisitely tender in the delineations of human character and passion. Had our writers of fiction preserved the healthful tone which characterises these volumes, they would not have been a proscribed class. Each of the tales may be read by the most modest without a blusb, and by the most fastidious without scruple."Eclectic Review.

"Transcripts of human affections and sympathies, sure, sooner or later, of being extensively read. We are, therefore, more gratified than surprised at the simultaneous publication of the volumes above named [Conscience's Tales] in a series (the Amusing Library') whose title and price involve a large popularity. In addition to the air of unaffected ease which pervades all his pictures of the af fections, Conscience puts forth a vivid power of description in the scenes of solemnity, terror, or daring, which his theme supplies."-Tait's Magazine.

The Lion of Flanders; or, the Battle

of the Golden Spurs. A Historical Romance of the Glorious Days of Flanders. With Frontispiece and Vignette. 28 cl. 2s. 6d.

The subject of this romance is well chosen from the heroic period of Flemish history, when the nation arose as one man to throw off the oppressive yoke of France, under


CONSCIENCE'S TALES-continued. Philip-le-Bel; and at length defeated and cut off the flower of the French chivalry at the celebrated battle of Courtrai. Never, per haps, has the passion of love been delineated with such exquisite delicacy and feeling tenderness; and though occupying a subordinate place in the narrative, is treated with unrivalled skill. The presence and graceful influence of the heroine are felt unobtrusively throughout the great tragedy, and qualify its terror and its strangeness.

"A story at once simple and artistic, graceful and picturesque. A love-story, essential to romance, runs in a delicate thread through the volume, but is subordinate to the grand march of events."-Weekly Times.

"This romance displays a talent full of vigour and skill. The picture, especially, with which it closes,-the appearance of the Lion,' and the fight for the French standard, is a masterpiece of art and power."-Revue des deux Mondes.

"May rank with James's best novels; and, in regard to finish and truthful detail, above any of them."-Globe.

Veva; or, the War of the Peasants. A Historical Tale of the Eighteenth Century. With Frontispiece and Vignette.

28. cl. 2s. 6d.

This beautiful tale preserves the memory of the grand though unavailing struggle of the Flemings to uphold their religion and liberties against the armies of the French Republic, and thus ranks with those narratives which recount the immortal deeds of the Vendeans and the Chouans. The author throws himself amidst the events he relates with characteristic impetuosity, and has lavished on the story all the power and grace of his vivid and picturesque style. It is in part a love-story, and more of a historical romance, in the English sense of the word, than most of the author's works; yet it is nevertheless scrupulously accurate in statement, and never in any way violates historical truth.

"Veva' is fascinating, viewed as a romance, and interesting as the history of a struggle little known. The story is one of the author's best. The arrangement is highly dramatic, and the gradual development of despair under grinding oppression, until a peaceful people is driven to arin for freedom or death, is admirably portrayed."- Weekly Times.

"We do not know if, laying aside Sir Walter Scot, it would be possible to name any English historical novel at all equal in deep interest to the Lion of Flanders, or the War of the Peasants."-Scotsman.

"The War of the Peasants' portrays the inimitable self-devotion of the patriots who sought vainly to stay the march of French armies into Belgium. It is a book that stirs our feelings and warms our blood; but the emotions it awakens are generous, and the fire enkindled is that holy fire of patriotism, which God forbid should ever become extinct in any land."Hastings News.



The Curse of the Village, and the Happiness of being Rich. 2s. cl. 2s. 6d.

The former of these tales is a vigorous description of the ravages of drunkenness,that bane of villages in Flanders, as in England, and is admirably adapted for circulation among our own people, as well as for placing in lending-libraries, &c. The second is a highly comic tale; but with all its humour, it is quite a grave lesson of contentment with one's lot in this world.

"The first of these stories is a powerful description of the evils of intemperance, while around the chief figure there are grouped simple and peaceful forms; and the whole story is touching in the extreme."-Weekly Times."

"Two of the charming tales of Flemish life, with moral and social lessons equally applicable to our own population."-Literary Gazette.

The Miser, and Ricketicketack: Tales of Modern Flemish Life. 2s. cl. 2s. 6d.

. These two tales are among the best specimens of our author's powers in the particular department to which they belong. In the first and longest of the two, the subject of which may be guessed from its title, the characters, including the miser himself, are delineated with a master hand; and the attachment and fortunes of the young people, Bart and Cecilia, are described with that simplicity, truth, and purity, for which Conscience is so remarkable.

"There is a pure morality throughout the works of this author which makes them peculiarly fitted for the perusal of the young. More especially in treating of the passion of love, which necessarily enters, more or less, into the composition of all works of fiction, he is beyond all praise."-Church of England Quarterly.

Tales of Flanders: Count Hugo of Craenhove, &c. With Frontispiece and Vignette. 28. cl. 2s. 6d.

"Nothing can be more admirable than the picture which this legend of Old Flanders [Count Hugo] presents. The poetry of its details, the delicacy of its sentiments, and the grace which pervades it, lend it a charm which is irresistible."-Revue des deux Mondes.

"The author describes the terrible plague which spread over Europe in the fourteenth century the same which afflicted Florence, and other cities of Italy and France, and is so vividly described by Boccacio in his Introduction to the Decameron.' Conscience's description is in no way inferior in terrible pathos: indeed, it comes more home to the imagination, being wrought with consummate skill into the thread of his narrative."-Church of England Quarterly.


The following volumes may be thought to touch upon dangerous ground, considering the too general character of FRENCH NOVELS AND RoMANCES; but we believe that in the attempt to select what is good, to the entire rejection of every thing immoral, the Editors have been completely successful. So far from being shocked with any thing objectionable, the reader will find in these volumes some of the most beautiful pictures of purity, goodness, heroism, and generosity, that can any where be met with.

Tales of France,

Romantic, Historical, and Domestic. 2s. cl. 2s. 6d.

Contents.-1. Queen Blanche; or, the Conspiracy.-2. The Orphans of Gaeta: a Tale of Provence.-3. Enguerrand de Coucy; or, the Crusade.-4. The Tower of Cordovan.-5. A Morning with Louis the Eleventh: Plessis-le-Tours.-6. Pietro Molinari; or, the Convict.-7. The House of the Spy: a Tale of the Revolution.-8. Pierre Lambert; or, the Lost Ship: a Northern Legend.-9. The Mysterious Benefactor: a Tale of the South. -10. Claude Fournier: a Story of Avignon.-11. The Story of a Queen, the First Empress.-12. The Murillo: a Tale of Villefranche.

*** The greater part of these tales belong to the department of "Historical Romance," and are founded upon ascertained facts and characters in French history, several of them being striking episodes worked up in a most pleasing style.

"Original in style, full of interest, and unexceptionable in morals."-Hants Advertiser. Tales of Paris and its Streets. 2s. cl. 2s. 6d.

Contents.-1. Perrinet; or, the Sorcerer's Daughter: St. Jacques-la-Boucherie. -2. The Young Artist: the Rue Meslay. -3. The Story of a Mother: the Allée d'Antin.-4. Jeannette de Mehun: the Quarter of Lias.-5. A Story of Three Generations: the Hotel des Invalides.6. The King's Justice: the Court and Camp of Louis XV.-7. The Little Clerk: the Advocate's Office.-8. The Young Ballad-Singer: the Rue St. Denis.

These tales, of which the scenes are laid in the capital of France, introduce to the English reader some of the most interesting, and, at the same time, unexceptionable of the shorter fic tions of our Continental neighbours; many of which will be found useful, as well as entertaining, from the illustrations which they supply of history and manners at different periods


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