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Full Set: Beecher's Sermons. First, Second, Third, and Fourth Series, uniformly bound. Single volumes, each complete, extra cloth, $2.50; half morocco, $5.

Of the first volume the Advance, of Chicago, said:

"The volume is a handsome one, and is prefaced with the best portrait of Mr. Beecher we have ever seen. The sermons are twenty-seven in number, the regular Sunday morning and Thanksgiving discourses of six months, and are a wonderful testimony, not only to the real goodness of heart of the great Plymouth preacher, but to the fertility of resource, industry of thought, and rare ability which can keep his regular ministrations to such a height of average excellence."

Each succeeding volume contains also six months' sermons (about 450 pp.), issued in style uniform with the First Series.

Lecture-Room Talks. A series of Familiar Discourses, on Themes of Christian Experience. By Henry Ward Beecher. Phonographically reported by J. T. Ellinwood. 12mo, extra cloth. Price $2.

"J. B. Ford & Co, who are now printers and publishers to the Beecher family, have collected in a handsome volume the Lecture Room Talks of the Brooklyn preacher, held in the weekly prayer-meeting of the Plymouth Church.

"There is a great deal of humorous talk mingled with much that is serious; and the subjects discussed are of the most varied kind. It is a charming book ."—Springfield [Mass.] Republican.

Principles of Domestic Science: As Applied to the Duties and Pleasures of Home. By Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. A compact 12mo volume of 390 pages; profusely illustrated; well printed, and bound in neat and substantial style. Price $2.

Prepared with a view to assist in training young women for the distinctive duties which inevitably come upon them in household life, this volume has been made with especial reference to the duties, cares, and pleasures of the family, as being the place where, whatever the political developments of the future, woman, from her very nature of body and of spirit, will find her most engrossing occupation, and is full of interest for all intelligent girls and young women.

The work has been heartily indorsed, and adopted by the directors of many of the leading colleges and Seminaries for young women as a text-book.

The Children's Week: Seven Stories for Seven Days. By R. W. Raymond. 16mo. Nine full-page illustrations by H. L. Stephens and Miss M. L. Hallock. Price, extra cloth, $1.25; cloth, full gilt, $2.

"The book is bright enough to please any people of culture, and yet so simple that children will welcome it with glee. Mr. Raymond's tales have won great popularity by their wit, delicate fancy, and, withal, admirable good sense. The illustrations—all new and made for the book—are particularly apt and pleasing, showing forth the comical element of the book and its pure and beautiful sentiment."—Buffalo [N. Y.] Commercial Advertiser.

The Overture of Angels. By Henry Ward Beecher. Illustrated by Harry Fenn. 12mo. tinted paper, extra cloth gilt. Price $2.50.

This exquisite book is a chapter from Mr. Beecher's great work, the "Life of Jesus the Christ." It is a series of pictures, in the author's happiest style, of the Angelic Appearances—giving a beautiful and characteristically interesting treatment of all the events recorded in the Gospels, as occurring about the period of the Nativity of our Lord.

"The style, the sentiment, and the faithfulness to the spirit of the Biblical record with which the narrative is treated, are characteristic of its author, and will commend it to many readers, to whom its elegance of form will give it an additional attraction."—Worcester (Mass.) Spy.

"A perfect fragment."—N. Y. World.

Christian Heart-Songs. A Collection of Choruses, Quartets, and Set pieces; together with a Selection of Anthems, Motets, and Tunes of all Metres. By John Zundel, Author of "Harmony and Modulation," "Voluntaries for the Organ," etc. 160 pages. Boards, $1; cloth, $1.25.

"Mr. Zundel is well known as an admirable composer of church music. A pupil of the great Rink, he shows his training in the beautiful simplicity of his themes and the rich variety of his harmonies. Mr. Zundel is Organist at Plymouth Church, Brooklyn (Rev. H. W. Beecher's)."—Troy [N. Y.] Times.

Our Seven Churches: Eight Lectures by Thomas K. Beecher. 16mo. Paper, 50 cents; extra cloth, $1; cloth gilt, $1.25.

"The eight lectures comprised in this volume are conceived in a spirit of broad liberality, as refreshing as it is rare. They evince, in the most gratifying manner possible, how easy it is to find something good in one's neighbors, or opponents, or even enemies, if one tries faithfully to do so, instead of making an effort to discover a fault or a weakness. The volume is one which should have, as it undoubtedly will, a wide circulation."—Detroit Free Press.

Maternity. A Popular Treatise for Young Wives and Mothers. By T. S. Verdi, A.M., M.D., of Washington, D.C. Handsomely printed on laid paper, bevelled boards, extra English cloth. 12mo. 450 pages. Price $2.25. Third Edition.

"The author deserves great credit for his labor, and the book merits an extensive circulation."—U. S. Medical and Surgical Journal [Chicago].

"There are few intelligent mothers who will not be benefited by reading and keeping by them for frequent counsel a volume so rich in valuable suggestions. With its tables, prescriptions, and indices at the end, this book ought to do much good."—Hearth and Home.

"We hail the appearance of this work with real pleasure. It is dictated by a pure and liberal spirit, and will be a real boon to many a young mother." American Medical Observer [Detroit].

Mines, Mills, and Furnaces Of the Precious Metals of the United States. Being a complete exposition of the General Methods employed in the great Mining Industries of America, including a review of the present condition and prospects of the mines throughout the interior and Pacific States. By Rossiter W. Raymond, Ph.D., United States Commissioner of Mining Statistics, Editor of the "Engineering and Mining Journal," author of "The Mines of the West," "Mines and Mining," etc., etc. vol. 8vo. 566 pages. Illustrated with Engravings of Machines and Processes. Extra cloth $4.00.

"The author is thorough in his subject; and has already published a work on our mines which commanded universal approval by its clearness of statement and breadth of views."—Albany (N. Y.) Argus.

"His scientific ability, his practical knowledge of mines and mining, his unerring judgment, and finally the enthusiasm with which he enters upon his work, all combine to fit him for his position; and none could bring to it a greater degree of uprightness and fairness."—Denver (Col) News.

The Trotting Horse of America: How to Train and Drive him. With Reminiscences of the Trotting Turf. By Hiram Woodruff. Edited by Charles J. Foster, of Wilkes' Spirit of the Times. 12mo,412 pp. With steel-plate portrait of Hiram Woodruff. Price, extra cloth, $2.25; half-calf, $4.

The demand for this book is still unabated, for it is the standard work on the American horse.

"This is a masterly treatise by the master of his profession—the ripened product of forty years' experience in handling, training, riding, and driving the Trotting Horse. There is no book like it in any language on the subject of which it treats.... Before we read it, we had seen with curious surprise very hearty commendation of it and eulogy of its author in the leading Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist journals. No wonder, for Hiram Woodruff's system is based on the law of love."—N. Y. Tribune

Robert Bonner, who owns the fastest horses in the world, says: "It is a book for which every man who owns a horse ought to subscribe. The information which it contains is worth ten times its cost."

History of the State of New York. From the Date of the Discovery and Settlements on Manhattan Island to the Present Time. A Text-book for High Schools, Academies, and Colleges. By S. S. Randall, Superintendent of Public Education in New York City. 12mo vol., 396 pages. Illustrated. Price $1.75.

The author, for many years intimately connected with the management of our Public Schools, has written with a full knowledge of what was needed, and the result is a clear, compendious, and admirable digest of all the important events in the life of New York, down to the year 1870.

"This work contains so much valuable information that it should be found in every house in the State as a volume of reference. Its value for use in educational institutions is of a very high character."—Northern Budget (Troy, N. Y.)

Officially adopted by the Boards of Education in the cities of New York and Brooklyn for use in the Public Schools, and also extensively used in private schools throughout the State.


H. W. Beecher's Works. Uniform Edition. This is a set of books long needed in the trade. It will include "Norwood," "Lectures to Young Men," "Eyes and Ears," "Summer in the Soul," the early "Star Papers," and other works, embracing some which are now out of print, and for which there is constant call.


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Poetry and Song,


Choice Selections from the best Poets,





In one Superb Large Octavo Volume of over 800 pages, well printed, on Fine Paper, and Illustrated with an admirable Portrait on Steel
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The handsomest and cheapest subscription book extant. A Library of over 500 Volumes in one book, whose contents, of no ephemeral nature or interest, will never grow old or stale. It can be, and will be, read and re-read with pleasure as long as its leaves hold together.

This book has been prepared with the aim of gathering into a single volume the largest practicable compilation of the best Poems of the English language, making it as nearly as possible the choicest and most complete general collection of Poetry yet published.

The "Library of Poetry and Song"

Is a volume destined to become one of the most popular books ever printed. It is truly a people's book. Its contents would cost hundreds of dollars in the books whence they are gleaned, English and American; and, indeed, although one possessed the volumes, the reading of such vast numbers of pages would be a labor not readily undertaken by most people, even those who appreciate poetry.

The New York Times,

A journal well known the country over for high literary excellence and correct taste, says:

"This very handsome volume differs from all collections of 'elegant extracts,' parlor books, and the like, which we have seen, in being arranged according to an intelligible and comprehensive plan, in containing selections which nearly cover the entire historical period over which English poetry extents, and in embracing matter suited to every conceivable taste and every variety of feeling and culture. We know of no similar collection in the English language which, in copiousness and felicity of selection and arrangement, can at all compare with it.... The volume is a model of typographical clearness."

The Albany Evening Journal,

One of the oldest papers and highest literary standards in the country, says:

"It is undoubtedly 'the choicest and most complete general collection of poetry yet published.' Is will be deemed sufficient proof of the judicious character of the selections, and of their excellence, that 'every poem has taken its place in the book only after passing the cultured criticism of Mr. William Cullen Bryant,' whose portrait constitutes the fitting frontispiece of the volume. The work could have no higher endorsement. Mr. Bryant's introduction to the volume is a most beautiful and critical essay on poets and poetry, from the days of 'the father of English poetry' to the present time.... No other selection we know of is as varied and complete as this: and it must find its way into every library and household where poetry is read and appreciated."

This book, supplying a real public need in an admirable manner, has constantly sold so fast that the publishers have had trouble to keep up their stock. It has won an instant and permanent popularity. Terms liberal. Agents all like it, and buyers are more than pleased with it. Send for Circular and Terms to

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This journal has had a very remarkable success, in one year attaining a circulation surpassing that of any other religious weekly in the United States (one only excepted, and that one over twenty-two years old).


BECAUSE, First, HENRY WARD BEECHER is its Editor, and his Editorials, Star Papers, and occasional Literary Reviews and Lecture-Room Talks are sought for by thousands, while the auxiliary editorial labor is in the hands of cultivated journalists; the CONTRIBUTORS being representative men of ALL Denominations.

BECAUSE, Secondly, ITS FORM, sixteen pages, large quarto, Stitched and Cut, is so convenient for reading, binding, and preservation, as to be a great and special merit in its favor.

BECAUSE, Thirdly, It is called "the Most Interesting Religious Paper published," being quoted from by the press of the entire country more extensively than any other. The critical Nation (N. Y.) says it is "Not only the ablest and best, but also, as we suppose, the most popular of American religious periodicals. At all events it is safe to predict that it will soon have, if it has not already, greater influence than any other religious paper in the country."

BECAUSE, Fourthly, It has something for every Member of the Household, admirable contributed and editorial articles, discussing all timely topics; fresh information on unhackneyed subjects; reliable news of the Church and the world; Market and Financial Reports; an Agricultural Department; excerpts of Public Opinion from the press; careful Book Reviews, with Educational, Literary, Musical, and Art Notes; much matter of a high and pure religious tone; a Household Department; choice Poems; Household Stories; and Chat for the Little Ones.

BECAUSE, Fifthly, All subscribers are entitled to



A pair—no cheap colored prints, but splendid copies of Oil Paintings, by an eminent English artist. The pair, by a fortunate arrangement which one of the partners of this house was able to make with the proprietors of the pictures in Paris, during the late siege, are furnished to the Publishers at a rate entirely exceptional. So that, although the selling price of them is ($10) Ten Dollars, at which price thousands have been sold in America, and still are selling and will be sold by the picture trade generally, the Publishers of The Christian Union give away the two pictures, of course unmounted, to every subscriber to the paper. Or, if preferred, subscribers will receive a fine impression of Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington, of which Darley, the celebrated artist, says: "It is, beyond all question the best head engraved in line yet produced in this country, as well as the finest copy of Stuart's portrait I have ever seen."


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An old agent who knows, says: "I have never presented anything for sale that met with the approval of the entire reading community as nearly as does Henry Ward Beecher's CHRISTIAN UNION. Sorry I did not work for it sooner. Think it the best business for canvassers ever offered by any firm, to my knowledge."

J. B. FORD & CO., Publishers,

27 Park Place, New York City.


[1] It was; but alas! since the recent time of this story, insatiate commerce has taken the old Park and built therein a huge railway freight depot.

Transcriber's Notes:

Obvious punctuation errors and minor printer errors repaired.

In the original volume, there are two pages labeled #3. Renamed the second "page 3" as page 3b.

Audacia's last name spelled as both "Dangyrereyes" and "Dangereyes" in original text, left as is.

Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible, including obsolete and variant spellings and other inconsistencies.

(noble type of the Venus di Milo) has been replaced with (noble type of the Venus de Milo)


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