The Christmas number of the Christchurch * Press' is worthy of the high reputation which that establishment has built up for lithographic and- photographic work. We are assured that the title page and pictorial supplement are the work of one of the 'Press's' own apprentices, who has just passed through his indentures. The conception of the former is bold and original, and betokens the possession of latent talent which will one of these days make for the artist, if he continues to study in a good school, a reputation of which all his fellow - colonists will feel proud. The supplement is a reproduction of Walter Burke's photo of 'The Swaggers.' The whole number is an attractive one, and should meet with ready sale. The letterpress is excellent, the photographs are numerous and capitally done, and tho reading matter leaves nothing to be desired. Nothing more seasonable or better calculated to impress the Home reader with our progress typographically could be despatched to friends at a distance.
We thank Mr Coghlan, the statistician for New South Wales, for the second part of his work on the wealth and progress of that colony. This number deals with population, religion, social conditions, defence, finance-, the cost of living, and local government. 'Outlines of English Literature' (Blackwood, London) is intended for young scholars, and the name of its editor (Mr J. L. Robertson, the English master at the Ladies' College, E linburgh) is a guarantee that the excellent work he executed in his well-known volume ' History of English Literature' is continued in the present brochure. The arrangement and marginal notes are much to our liking. Tne aim of the author is " to awaken and stimulate in tho mind of the young scholar a discriminating interest in books and their authors," and we hope that it will be fully realised. We have to thank tho Government Printer for a copy of the ' Year Book ' for 1897. Its general get-up and arrangement reflect credit on Registrar-General Von Dadelszen and his assistants.
The 'Lyttelton Times' have issued a pictorial Christmas supplement illustrative of Maori manners and customs in the precivilisation days, and a sketch of the progress of settlement. The editor has presented in a highly interesting narrative all the romantio traditions of the Maori race, and haß carried on his story through the earliest accounts of Spanish and Dutoh discovery down to the time of English oocupation and colonisation. The illustrations have been, carefully selected from a large collection of original sketches and rare prints.
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PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED, Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897