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We have received that useful volume, The English Catalogue of

Books for 1913 (The Publishers' Circular, Ltd.). The statistics show that the total number of new books or editions published in 1915 was 10,665, as compared with 12,379 in 1913. The publication of 1,693 books classified as fiction does not give any great impression of national economy, though they are some four hundred less than in 1914.