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It was only natural to expect that such an event as the celebration of the Jubilee of New Zealand should be taken advantage of as an appropriate season for the publication of a number of books dealing with the rise and progress of the colony. In addition to Brett’s ‘History of Now Zealand,’ there are, we understand, several smaller works in tho press treating of matters interesting to colonists. Wo learn, also, that it is Mr Thomas Bracken’s intention to publish a complete edition of his works in verse and prose. The collection will include the best of the pieces which have appeared in the following publications;— ‘ Lays of the Laud of the Maori and Moa,’ ‘ Flowers of the Freelands,’ ‘ Beyond the Tomb ’ and other poems, ‘ Flights Amongst tho Flax,’ and ‘ Paddy Murphy’s Budgtt,’ besides a num ber of poems that have not yet seen the light. The work will not be confined to verse alone, as it is the author’s intention to include in its pages several stories and sketches from his pen which have appeared in Australian and New Zealand journals during tho past twenty years. The humorous squibs written over the nom de plums of “Prank Fudge ” will also bo a feature of tho collection. Mr Bracken’s experience of publishing has been similar to that of other colonial authors. He has discovered that to bring out a book and place it in the hands of booksellers “on sale or return ” is an unprofitable speculation, and he has arrived at the conclusion that the only way to make a work remunerative is to publish it by subscription. He has resolved, therefore, to issue his “ Jubilee volume ” to subscribers only, and to publish only tho number ordered. Tho book is to bo bound in red cloth, with gold lettering, and it will contain about 500 pages. A list of the subscribers is to be printed with the collection. The work will, no doubt, be a welcome addition to our stock of colonial literature, and should command an extensive circulation.

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JUBILEE LITERATURE., Evening Star, Issue 8019, 23 September 1889

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JUBILEE LITERATURE. Evening Star, Issue 8019, 23 September 1889