A writer in the Boston Post has said of Mrs. Burnett: "She has a beauty of imagination and a spiritual insight into the meditations of childhood which are within the grasp of no other writer for children,"—and these five volumes would indeed be difficult to match in child literature. The new edition is from new plates, with all the original illustrations by Reginald B. Birch, is bound in a handsome new cover.
I cannot permit this Edition of "The Ancient Church" to appear before the citizens of the United States
without acknowledging my obligations to Mr Charles Scribner of New York. Mr Scribner was the first
gentleman connected with the noble profession to which he belongs, either in the Old or in the New World,
from whom I received encouragement in this undertaking; and his prompt and generous offers aided me
materially in making arrangements for the publication of the work in Great Britain.
(BQ) Notable Sports Figures does not necessarily fill a void in biographical coverage of athletes when one considers the recent publication of several other sources, such as Encyclopedia of North American Sports History (2d ed., Facts On File, 2002) or The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: Sports Figures (2002). Admittedly these two volumes are restricted to American or North American sports coverage, but after scanning the geographic index in Notable Sports Figures, it is quite evident that the emphasis is on American athletes.