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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

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BOOK REVIEWS
as it was a secret process and is a lost art.
But he gives the historical details and the
many facts that cluster around these plates.
The illustrations are excellent, both in
color and in black and white. The tables
are helpful. Few have written on this
subject, only three books having as yet
been prepared and one is now in press,
therefore if one wishes to study Moorish
ceramics this is one of the best books of-
fered.
   (Hispano-Moresque Ware of the XV
Century. A Contribution to the History
and Chronology based upon Armorial
Specimens, by A. Van De Put. Fully
illustrated. Price $4.oo net; io by 8
inches, io8 pages.)
   Hans Christian is surely the children's
Shakspere.    He touches their whole
realm of sentiment and arouses thoughts
and feelings as no other writer has. The
Hamlet of these minor dramas is "The
Ugly Duckling."    Misunderstood, unap-
preciated, often ill-treated, he triumphs, in
the end, and proves his case before the
world. It is not strange that all illus-
trations, even Abbey's of Shakspere are
disappointing. It is equally difficult to
turn the picturesque language of Andersen
into pictures that will suit everyone; but
Helen Stratton has entered the child's
realm and the Andersen creations with a
spirit that makes her another Andersen to
eye, and the eye is ever the earliest ave-
nue of knowledge in life. Let us return
to the "Ugly Duckling." We see him in
his day of misfortune, the subject of con-
tempt, brooding over his sorrows, when
he is surely akin to the great Dane of
Shakspere, at last in the joy of triumph,
when he has entered his own realm with
such joy that were it by the way of death,
as was Hamlet's, he would have all the
honors of a slain warrior heaped upon
him. But the Ugly Duckling has its
tragedy early in life, its triumph in full
maturity, and thus comforts many a child
in his own day of trouble.
   (The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian
Anderson, with illustrations by Helen
Stratton, published by J. B. Lippincott
Company, Philadelphia. Price, $2.oo; II
by 81/2 in., 320 pages.)
   Whoever gives to the reader and stu-
dent of American history original sources
from which he may study is doing a work
of helpfulness and benefaction. Such is
the work of the A. Wessels Company in
their "Source Books of American History,"
two of which are already in hand. The
first of these, "Travels Through North
America," by A. Burnaby, was originally
published in London and this reprint is
from  the third edition of 1798. It is
somewhat amusing to read the prognostica-
tions of the keen-eyed and quick-brained
doctor of divinity, when he says: "He
still thinks that the present union of the
American States will not be permanent or
last for any considerable length of time;
that that extensive country must necessar-
ily be divided into separate states and king-
doms; and that America will never, at
least for many ages, become formidable to
Europe, etc." What would he think were
he to be able to visit us now? He is a
wise prophet who knows beforehand, and,
who, if he does not know, is shrewd enough
to veil his prophecies in ambiguity. But
the book is well worth the republishing.
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