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Must be Largely Sought and Highly Prized."
[From the Penman's Art Journal, New York.] "The subject-matter of the work, in its extent and skillful manner of presentation, bears unmistakable evidence of great labor and profound research, as well as a liberal expenditure of money on the part of the author. The embellishments are upon a scale most liberal and excellent in taste. The work, as a whole, is one that must be largely sought and highly prized by all classes, not alone as a handbook of valuable and interesting information, but as a beautiful and appropriate ornament for the parlor or drawing-room. It is a fitting companion of 'Hill's Manual,' which has proved the most popular and ready-selling work of its day, having already reached its thirtieth edition, and into the hundreds of thousands of copies sold. Like the 'Manual,' the new work is to be sold only on subscription, through agents."
"It is a Marvel."
[From the Chicago Tribune.] "In the preparation of a work like this a vast amount of labor was required, and it is a marvel that the author was able to condense so much valuable information into so little space."
[From Rev. J. B. Lockwood, Mt. Joy, Pa. ] "Extreme beauty, wise brevity, charming variety and practical utility are some of the evident characteristics of this second venture in book-making by Mr. Hill. We predict an immense demand for the ' Album.' In the drawing-room it will be an elegant ornament; in the sitting-room an entertaining companion; in the study a handy volume of biographical reference. Like its predecessor - the 'Manual' - it will be a special educator in the family, and will largely aid in promoting intelligent citizenship in the community."
"One of the Most Valuable Works to Place in a Family."
[From the Chicago Youths' Examiner.] "We supposed when we saw ' Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms,' we saw as fine a work as was ever issued in this country, and were not satisfied until the work was numbered among our books. As we examine the new book, now before us, by Hon. Thos. E. Hill, we feel how unequal we are to the task of giving the work anything like the description it deserves, in a notice of this character. Nothing but a personal examination will give even a fair idea of its merits. We can honestly say that it is one of the most valuable works to place in a family that it has ever been our pleasure to examine."
"Far Ahead of Anything Ever Issued of Like Nature."
[From the Joliet (111.) Signal.] "It is dedicated 'to those striving for excellence in the various departments of human action, and who would know how others have won success.' It comprises eighteen different departments, and it is a model, not only for the vast number of interesting subjects treated upon, and the conciseness and brevity of the articles and amount of useful and desirable information contained, but for the beauty of its typography and the charming manner in which the subjects are grouped and illustrated. It is far ahead of anything ever issued of like nature, and is an elegant and attractive volume for any parlor or library."
"I Consider This a Fair Test."
Charles N. Thomas, Gen. Agt. in New England, writes: "The agent I put at work in Maine took seventeen orders for 'Albums,' his first week, working half his time."
B. W. KraYbill, reporting from Lancaster, Pa., says: " My first day netted me ten sales for the ' Album.' "
One Opinion and One Voice Concerning the Album.
Regardless of Time, Cost and Labor."
[From the Chicago Humane Journal. ] "The 'Album' exhibits an immense amount of work gotten up regardless of time, cost and labor, and is bound to please. It is a book which every student should possess, and which every person with limited time for reading can refer to and at once obtain almost any desired information. At the same time it is so attractively illustrated and elegantly bound that it would constitute an ornament to any parlor table. The book is doubly interesting because the author is so well known in Chicago and vicinity. Besides being a gentleman of exceedingly fine tastes and the highest culture, he is known as one of great kindness of heart and instinctively humane. The Journal, always deeply interested in this phase of a man's character, takes pleasure in recognizing this element in that of Mr. Hill, and brings to mind a bright instance of it at the time he held the office of Mayor of the city of Aurora, Ill. The subject of kindness to animals had long engaged his attention, and he then and there proceeded to put in practice the principles he had long upheld. He made it his business to go around the city daily, and if there was a horse standing unfed, exposed to bitter cold or undue heat, he caused it to be provided with food and shelter until the heartless owner had come to reason and was likely to take better care of his animal himself. The good that one man in such a position can accomplish is great, and if each official in high position would openly censure and aid in punishing the brutal acts which he can scarcely fail to witness upon our streets daily, it would do much toward preventing the abuse of the dumb and patient servants of mankind."
"A Condensed Popular Encyclopaedia."
[From the Chicago Evening Journal.] "'Hill's Album' is an illustrated compendium of biography, history, literature, art and science - in fact, a condensed popular encyclopaedia. One is astonished, on glancing through its ample pages, that so much and so vast a variety of highly instructive and useful matter could have been crowded into one book, and at the same time presented in a form and style so tasteful and attractive. Almost every man or woman whose name has become conspicuous in modern times in connection with great works or great thoughts or great systems is included in the sketches, and many of them in the illustrations of this remarkable ' Album.' Religious systems and leaders, wars and war heroes, great inventions and inventive geniuses, systems of finance and great financiers, the sciences and the great men of science, celebrities in the various departments of literature, music and great musicians, the drama and its chief actors, the law and the great lawyers, medicine and the great physicians, statesmanship and politics and famous leaders in the affairs of State, and art and the great artists, are sketched in a manner which gives the reader a good degree of information regarding each and all; and in addition to all these, Mr. Hill has gathered a mass of facts and hints for the benefit of the housekeeper and the student which are invaluable and always in order.
"The people of America are aware of the great practical value of 'Hill's Manual,'which can be found in almost every counting-room and household in the land; and when we assure them that his 'Album,' which is published in form and style similar to that of the 'Manual,' is, in its peculiar line, equally valuable, and that it as surely fills a popular want as that did, they will need no further suggestion as to the desirability of possessing it"
"Goes to the Root of Everything."
[From the Plano (111.) News.]
"Hon. Thos. E. Hill, once editor of the Aurora Herald, and author of that almost indispensable volume, 'Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms,' which has found its way into so many homes in Kendall county, has just presented a new volume to the world, entitled 'Hill's Album of Biography and Art.' It is altogether one of the finest volumes ever produced, besides being a regular encyclopaedia of information that no person in this age should be without.
"To those who have read ' Hill's Manual,' we need say but little in praise of the 'Album,' for they know that the author of both could not but make a success of such a work as is comprised in the latter.
"The book treats not alone of the biographies of men and women eminent in the world of art, literature, music and the drama, but of religion and its founders, military men, discoverers, lawyers, statesmen, physicians, and it also gives synopses of some of the different scientific theories that have at once startled the world. Without delving into Darwin's intricacies, for instance, one may yet obtain a clear idea of his theory of progression, by the synopsis in this work, which will impress itself deep enough on the mind to enable one to comprehend it thoroughly; and so with other subjects - astronomical science, science of mind, finance, household ornamentation, and all he touches on. The author is not superficial, but where such an array of subjects is treated in a work of this magnitude, the articles must necessarily be brief, yet he goes to the root of everything, discarding superfluities, and telling facts in an interesting style peculiarly his own."
"Gotten Up on the Same Elegant Scale."
[From the Phrenological Journal, New York. ] "It is in fine a cyclopaedia of eminent persons and of the subjects in religion, science, art and literature which are deemed by the world of importance to civilization. Upward of six hundred and fifty historical men and women are sketched, and a large proportion of these have their portraits given. We are informed of the tenets of ancient religions, and, in contrast with them, a brief exposition of Christianity. Mormonism, Spiritualism and other later forms of belief receive their share of consideration also. It should be added that the prominent Christian sects are described as to their history and growth. Following the religious department, which is very properly put first, we have a summary of the great military heroes of history, and of important battles fought in Europe and America - the late war for the Union receiving a good share of the compiler's attention. Then follows a department of exploration and discovery; then a very interesting (because fresh in most of its details) section related to inventors and invention. The rich men of the world come in for a share of the printed space, and then science, politics and philanthropy fill fifty or more of the large pages. The author evidently places much confidence in the doctrine of Gall and Spurzheim, for a considerable section is devoted to a synopsis of phrenology, with several well selected illustrations. The humorists and the artists who please the public with their facetious talk and drawing, are well represented, and so are the writers, essayists, poets and orators who direct attention to the serious side of life. The practical has its place in the book, especially in the space given to penmanship, household decoration and architectural designs. Mr. Hill has prepared a very attractive book, and its success will probably match that of his 'Manual,' which was gotten up on the same elegant scale."'