The New York Times published its first issue 162 years ago today (September 18).
The book-men are just now bidding upon the summer’s surfeit of literature, and some time, it may be worth our while to take our readers into the rooms of this traffic; and to show what manner of auctioneering disposes of the blood, brains and worry of luckless authors. We shall sometimes, too–true to our subject-heading,–take note of the books of the day; unravel their narrative into a newspaper column and give the public, whom we have taken in hand to serve,–a running synopsis of their story. And if we give, now and then, a critical shot at their manner, method or morals, we shall do it with all the modesty, and perhaps the occasional misses, which belong to our swift shooting.
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