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The London letter of the "Otago Daily Times," dated December Ist, contain* the following ;— I notice that a aeotioo of the New Zealand Presa la rather nren^M upon Sir Walter Bailer tor hating refused i H to accept the London direoterahlp of Blr Jullui Vogel'e "Plfltureiqqe Atlas Publk ~ cation Company." Bat surely this la 009 of those matters In *hloh " a oltfson l» the custodian of hlo own honor." It oan> not be denied that Sir Walter Butler's name woold hare been as Important faotor In any undertaking of this kind. Bnt, so far from his having thrown cold water on this particular enterprise, Sir Juliet Yogel acknowledges ? that ' from Oner oneelse has he received so maoh valuable assistance and advioe. He has put Sir Jaliua In oommnnloatlon with MessrsJndd'and Ob, the ohromolltbograpjiari, *ho have produced his own beautiful

plates of New Z&aland birds, and these gentlemen have undertaken the |' Atlas " on very liberal terouu Ha ha* alto Introduced Sir Jnltus to M. de la Gtfflx, of Paris, and through him to Pilnoe Boland Buonaparte, who haa volunteered to write the whole of the New Golnea> articles and to aibdt the publication ia other reipeato. Sir .Walter has » likewise agreed to take a seat on the London board of management ai soon an the bailneu U hanohed. Bat «hat he has absolutely refused to do Is to Identify hli name with an appeal to the general pabllo; tor the purpose of. raising the proposed capital of £20,000 ; and he Is not to be blamed for that. He la ohalrmtn of several successfully fljated companies with capital vary* Jog from £100;000 to £250,000/ He la alao ohairm&n of a syndicate m whloh the oapltal, amounting to £20,000, was subscribed m a day or two without any advertising. It fa not surprising, therefore, that he declines to "go to the publlo" for the comparatively' small amount required by Sir Julius Yogel. Whether the "Atlas" will evei see the light seems at present doubtful, unless, •s Sir Julias hopes, a strong publishing house o»n be Induced to aooept a largo ■hare of the risk. That buqq & book, under the able editorship of Sir Julius Yogel, with a stas of experts, and Himtrated by luoh artlsta as Ohevaller, would be a valuable addition to colonial literature, and would do muoh t"> bring New Zetland Into favorable uotlae on the side of the world } there can be no manner of doibt. B,ut an efctarntlse of. the kind will no be taken up In London unldai its fi lMioi^l outooms is waM ossured beforah»nd, i nd thli 596011 (be we^k polut at pet-eat,

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SIR JULIUS VOGEL'S "PICTURESQUE ATLAS.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2033, 10 January 1889

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SIR JULIUS VOGEL'S "PICTURESQUE ATLAS." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2033, 10 January 1889