Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4
The Star Almanac and Directory (Innes and Co., Hawera) is as usual admirably compiled and well printed. The present is the eighth annual issue, and exhibits in a remarkable degree the progress of the important district of which Hawera is the centre.
From Messrs Dinwiddie, Walker and Co. we have a copy of the Hawke's Bay and East Coast Almanac and Directory for 1891, which is larger and in many respects an improvement on former issues. As the only book almanac and directory on the East Coast it should find an extensive sale. Many of the special features of Harding's East Coast Directory, now discontinued, have been introduced. As an appendix, is issued the whole of an illustrated work—The Hot Lakes, Volcanoes, and Geysers of New Zealand, with Legends, originally published two years ago—a well-written guide-book, adding much to the value of the work. Altogether the volume contains nearly 500 pages.
From Messrs Murray and Spencer, printers, Auckland, we have a copy of « The Illustrated Household Almanac and Diary for 1891, » published at sixpence. It is the neatest and best sixpenny almanac that we have seen in the colony. It is not, like the majority of book-almanacs, intended for office use, but for the home. It contains postal and mail tables, and information of that class, but is chiefly devoted to household matters. Scraps, verses, and Reed's « Artistic » vignettes brighten its pages. The frontispiece is an excellent portrait of Sir George Grey, and a very appreciative biography of our « G.O.M. » is given.
From Lyon & Blair, Wellington, we have a neat card calendar, with postal time-tables; and from Whitcombe & Tombs, Christchurch, we have a large tear-off calendar, in red and black, with a pretty vignette of the native tui or parson-bird in the upper left-hand corner.
Mr T. E. Fraser, Christchurch, sends us the War Cry sheet almanac for 1891. It contains some good engravings, is well printed, and is gay with the colors of the Army. We have also sheet almanacs from the Evening Press, Northern Luminary, and Nanawatu Daily Times.