Observer, Volume XVI, Issue 988, 18 December 1897, Page 10
't Comes but Once a Year — When It Comes It Brings Good Cheer.
The Observer Ghbistmas Annual for 1897, which i 3 now issaed, is unquestionably one of the best numbers of this kind that have yet been issaed in the colony. It is profusely - illustrated, the pictures are devoted to New Zealand subjects, the tales are well-written and entertaining, and in every other respect the Annual is attractive and well-arranged. How such an excellent number can be got up in first-class style and published at the low price. of aixpanca, is a problem we leave our readers to solve. Suffice it to say that it is the numbers that p iy. The sale of thiß Annual runs into a great many thousands The illustrations are chiefly from the pencil of ' Bio,' and are, for the greater part of a humourous character. They are without exception all good. ' The Belle of the Araw&s,' which forma the presentation plate, is from a picture by Mr T. Ryan, and is a work of art. To Mr Hemus, of the Sarony photographic studio, Newton, we are indebted'f or the frontispiece ' Young New Zealand's Christmas Greeting,' and we might say that the original of this picture is the highest standard of photographic art we have seen achieved in these colonies.
Of the tales and sketches, letTjus simply say they are not the work of amateurs. The letter-press is by capable story-writers, the tales are thrilling or amusing as the case may be, and, in conjunction with the illustrations, serve to make up the cheapest, as well as the best Christmas Annual issued in this colony. Our subscribers would do well to Bend along sixpence in stamps at once, and we will immediately forward, it to them. The Annual is also on sale with all Observer agents. It speaks for itself