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The Riverside Aldine Series
CHOICE BOOKS OF AMERICAN
PRINTED AND BOUND IN A STYLE WHICH
AIMS TO PRESERVE THE
TRADITIONS OF ALDUS AND PICKERING
New York: 11 East Seventeenth Street
The Riverside Press, Cambridge
ESSRS. HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.
take pleasure in announcing that they have begun the publication of a series of books, to be known as
The Riverside Aldine Series.
The books printed by Aldus Manutius, at the close of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth century, have ever since been regarded as models of elegance as regards the form of type and proportion of page. When Mr. Pickering, in the middle of this century, in company with Mr. Whittingham, of the Chiswick Press, produced books which are recognized as the most graceful examples of English typographic art, he followed very closely the style formed by Aldus Manutius; he called himself Aldi discipulus, and adopted the symbol used by the Italian printer of an anchor entwined by a dolphin.
It is the aim of the Publishers of this American series to give the best which the printer's, art in America can produce; and since they believe in following a style which was adopted when printing was most closely connected with the fine arts, and repeated by the most celebrated of English publishers and printers, rather than in attempting something which should affect novelty, they have ventured to give to the series a name which indicates that it is an American variation of the well-known English style.
In the selection of volumes for this series, Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin and Company have begun with representative works by those American authors who are at once of established reputation and in close relation with the readers of to-day. Where a work outruns the limits of a handy volume of clear, open page, it will be extended to two volumes rather than offend by being crowded into a single more solid one. The books will carry no ornament, but rely for their beauty upon proportions and excellence of material.
The first six numbers of the series will be as follows :
1. Marjorie Daw, and Other Stories.
THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH.
2. My Summer in a Garden. By CHARLES
3. Fireside Travels. By JAMES RUSSELL Low
4. The Luck of Roaring Camp, and Other
Stories. By BRET HARTE. 5. Venetian Life. In two volumes.
By WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS.
6. Wake Robin. By JOHN BURROUGHS.
Other volumes will be announced later.
The series will be printed on paper of the size of this announcement circular, will be plainly bound in smooth cloth, and sold at the uniform price of one dollar a volume. The Publishers hope by giving choice literature in comely form at a low price to meet with substantial recognition from the lovers of good books.