The Overland Monthly/1894/Announcements for 1894

Overland Monthly Announcements for 1894.


THE especial feature of the OVERLAND MONTHLY in 1894 will be its illustrated articles about the Pacific region: that is, about California, Oregon, and Washington; the Rocky Mountain States and Territories; British Columbia and Alaska; Mexico, and Central and South America; Hawaii, and the other Pacific islands; Japan, China, and Corea. These articles will range from thorough studies of various industries and social phases, to bright sketches of travel, exploration, and adventure, of character types and picturesque traits.

The abundant illustrations will be of such quality as may be judged from the examples (all taken from issues of the past year) in this prospectus. Like these, they will be made from washes, pen-drawings, photographs, and paintings; and they will be of greater variety in subject and manner than these few
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selections can possibly show. We can, perhaps, scarcely hope to show improvement over these next year in the beauty and delicacy of the blocks, and in artistic printing from them; for a comparison with the best work of the sort done elsewhere will show that we are doing all that is possible anywhere. Even in the past year, the great step has been, not that we are able to get better blocks, but that we can now get in San Francisco blocks scarcely distinguishable from the best Eastern work; three only of those in this prospectus were made in the East. But our artists are every year learning better the art of magazine illustration; and we ourselves shall be able to widen the range and interest of our subjects for illustration very considerably.

We add a few out of many comments upon our illustrations in the past year:

The April Overland is a portfolio of lovely landscapes. The only regret—and it is a regret—connected with the illustrations of the "Forest Trees of the Sierra Nevada" is that they are printed on both sides of the pages, and in cutting them out for preservation, one or the other is lost to sight.—Philadelphia Public Ledger.

Such pictures as those which accompany the article "Christmases and Christmases," have never been excelled for delicacy and finish, even in the periodicals of Paris.—San Francisco Chronicle.

Illustrated with views, three or four of which are to be described only by the word wonderful. Mirror Lake, after a photograph, is a fascinating study. One of the washes with which Mr. Peixotto accompanies Mr. Caldwell's "California," is exquisite. —Boston Pilot.

We wish to lay emphasis on the fact that these illustrated articles, like all other articles in The Overland, will be free of advertising taint. This reiteration of our often announced policy is made because we have had repeatedly in the past year to refuse requests that we publish—for a consideration—some attractive illustrated article, covertly written in some one's financial interest. No article will appear in The Overland that is not in good faith what it appears to be. Articles concerning the industries, resources, or charms, of any region will bear responsible signatures, and may be depended on to be as exact as our careful selection of writers can make them.

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If The Overland does not by this course receive as much profit from the increased confidence of the public as it loses by rejecting advertising offers, it must accept the loss: that the Pacific communities receive a real benefit from our course in this respect we are certain.

ANOTHER trait that it will be a special care of the editors to preserve and increase during the year is that individual character, that vividness in stories and sketches, freshness in outdoor articles, independence in criticism, which have been uniformly recognized in THE OVERLAND MONTHLY.

No type of comment is so frequently in our exchanges as the following:

Taking us into the atmosphere of virgin hills, and great forests, and clear waters. The stories have individuality, the editorials vigor, and the criticisms courage. Sacramento Record- Union.

Redolent of the country in which it is published, and full of information as to its characteristics, history, and progress. English readers will do well to obtain it; they may spend many pleasant hours over its pages. Liverpool (England) Mercury.

It is the most sprightly magazine we have seen, with not a dull line in it, and throughout original and highly attractive. New York Union.

IN especial, Indian and Chinese studies will continue to be more frequent than in any other magazine.

THE high rank of THE OVERLAND MONTHLY in Poems, Criticism, Sketches, and papers on Public Topics will be maintained; also its careful and independent Editorial Departments.


Illustrated Articles:

Of the many illustrated articles that will be published in 1894, the following are now in preparation, and will appear in early numbers:

Poems of the Northwest. By Ella Higginson, Herbert Bashford, and others.

This will be a group of poems of places in Oregon and Washington, accompanied with beautiful illustrations of each place; the plan will be similar to that of the poems of California in the issue of last September.

It is probable that similar groups of poems and pictures of other parts of Pacific region will be published from time to time.

Pacific Coast Oysters. By J. G. Cooper.

A careful scientific study by a Vice-President of the California Academy of Sciences.

A Voyage Northward. By F. De Laguna.

An account of an Alaskan trip. The Hop-Growing Industry. By Mabel H. Closson.

American Military Artists. By Alvin H. Sydenham.

This will he illustrated by photographs of Remington and Zogbaum, the principal artists treated, and by examples of their work.

A Story of the Oregon Trail. By J. B. Rhinehart.

An Indian-fighting episode.

The Various State Capitals of California.

Outward and Visible Signs: Stories of San Francisco and elsewhere. By Frank Norris.

Illustrated by the author.
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BESIDES these, the following will be more definitely announced later:

One or more articles by Ernest C.Peixotto, concerning Pacific Coast Artists Studying in Paris, their surroundings, and their works. These will be illustrated by Mr. Peixotto himself, and by reproductions from others of our artists.

Several articles on Outdoor Sports in California, by Phil. Weaver, Jr.

Several outing and descriptive articles by Charles S. Greene.

Still other illustrated articles will be announced from time to time.


THE OVERLAND MONTHLY will contain no long serial during 1894, but several short ones, occupying from three to five numbers, will be published. Of these, we are prepared to announce:

Bulullicoo, By Chas. E. Brimblecom.

A fantastic romance of prehistoric California.

After the Fire. By Quien.

A story of the Oregon forest.

Short Stories:

AMONG the large number that will be published during the year, the following may be taken as examples:

One Way to Get a Ranch. By J. D. Mason.

An illustrated story based on the real and very strange history of one of the early Californian adventurers.

A Go-Between Bureau. By Anna. C. Murphy. A matter-of-fact love story. Pard's Nugget. By Annette Chamberlain. A study of the relics of old times in the mines of today. Romance of a Dummy. By Salome Seixas. A story of San Francisco. A Saving Grace. By James G. Whitely. An analytical love story. Sister Felicia. By Ida H. Blochman. A story of Monterey. Van Lennep's Cowardice. By John E. McMaJion. A story of Indian warfare.



A Case of Heredity. By Ella Beechet Gittings.

A character study in the State of Washington.

Eddie. By E. P. Houghton.

Another of the Dibble Row series of stories of "boom time" in Southern California.

Little Manuel. By C. M. Tilden-Rrun. An incident of a California insane asylum.

Several stories by Flora Haines Loughead are also promised.

THE beautiful series of Famous Paintings Owned on the West Coast will be carried on through the volume, with a full page picture each month and a biographical note.