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"There is plenty of readable matter in these volumes. They tell pleasantly, and for the most part modestly, so much as the authors care that the public should hear about them, and they put on record a good deal that is worth knowing about stage history, and its connexions during the past quarter of a century. Diligent historians, it is true, would still have to seek elsewhere for much of the information needed to make their chro nicles complete and trustworthy. But such reticences and omisions as are inevitable in books like the one before us are hardly to be complained of by general readers. ... In a player's picture of himself what matters it if he maintains his histrionic character ?" Athenæum, Apr. 21.

Bell, C: H. History of Exeter, N. H. Bettany, G: T: Life of C: Darwin. 1887. (Great writers.) Bible. O. T. Psalms. Eng. A new rendering of the Hebrew Psalms into Eng. verse, with an hist. sketch of the Fr., Eng., and Scotch metrical versions, by A. Coles.

. N. T. Latin. Novum Testamentum Latine interp. Hieronymo; ex cod. Amiatino ed. C. Tischendorf. 1854.

- Epistles of Paul. Codex Claromontanus, sive Epistolæ Pauli omnes, Gr. et Lat.; ed. C. Tischendorf. 1852.

Briand, H. Tableaux synoptiques d'histoire contemporaine depuis 1789. 8e éd. [188-.] Buchanan, R. The city of dream; an epic poem. The prototype of The city of dream' is the 'Pilgrim's progress,' but there is one striking distinction. In Bunyan's poetic allegory everything is clearly defined; the contrasts are sharp, and there are no grada tions, no illusions of mental mirage, and the conclusion is absolutely definite and decisive. In Mr. Buchanan's epic not only are the personifications occasionally very vague, but the conclusion can leave little definite impression on anyone's mind save the somewhat illogical one that since God is indiscoverable in earth or heaven, in any human or natural temple, in the mysteries of nature or in the heart of man, he is probably to be found on the farther shore of the celestial ocean of Death. Regarded in its literary aspect, while full of fine lines and beautiful passages, it is no advance upon the author's previous work."-William Sharp in the Acad emy, Apr. 7.


Blackie, J: S. Life of Robert Burns.

"While there is no Carlylian profundity, no Stevensonian sparkle, in Mr. Blackie's estimate of Burns, it is sound, sane, and marvellously free from those eccentricities of its author's which have so often in the past made even an admirer inclined to pounce upon his mind, and do to it what Pancks did to his employer's head." William Wallace in the Academy, Apr. 7.

Bopp, F. Glossarium Sanscritum. 1847. Bosboom, A.. L.. G. T. Major Frank; tr. from the Dutch. [1886.] Brabazon, W:, Earl of Meath. Prosperity or pauperism? physical, industrial, and technical training.

Bradley, G: G., Dean of Westminster. Lectures on the book of Job. 1887.

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Calderon de la Barca, P: Select plays; ed. with introd., etc., by N. Maccoll.

Campbell, G: D., 8th Duke of Argyll. The new British constitution and its master builders. Carles, W. R. Life in Corea.

"Mr. Carles is already favorably known to the public by his interesti paper Recent journeys in Korea,' read before the Royal Geographical Society January, 25, 1886. The book, which is little more than an amplification of the lecture, comprises the two journeys he undertook each occupying 43 days." M. Beazeley in the Academy, Apr. 7.

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Specimens of ancient sculpture and painting in England, [text], by F. Douce, etc.; new ed. by D. Turner, etc. Catholic Church in France. Ancient liturgies of the Gallican Church, with parallel passages from the Roman, Ambrosian, and Mozarabic rites, by J. M. Neale and G. H. Forbes. [Pt. 1.] 1855.

Churgress, The; by the prig.

Collins, A. Historical collections of the families of Cavendishe, Holles, Vere, Harley, and Ogle, etc. 1752.

Coxe, A. C. Impressions of England. 1856.
Creighton, M.
Cardinal Wolsey. (Eng. states-


Exactly what one of a series of short biographies of English statesmen ought to be; it gives the reader a clear idea of the place that Wolsey holds in the history of our national development, and presents a compre. hensive and well-proportioned picture of a subject that to an untaught eye seems at first to have little unity. Wolsey's claim to be recognized as the 'greatest political genius whom England has ever produced' rests not on any immediate or definite achievement, but on the fact that he drew out the latent power of his country, and taught Englishmen their own strength."- Sat. rev., Apr. 28.


Perhaps the greatest difficulty which the biogra pher of Wolsey has to contend with is the difficulty of impressing the modern reader with the fact of the limi tation of his powers. Accustomed as we are to think of

a Prime Minister nowadays as one who can absolutely dictate a policy to his sovereign, we cannot readily understand how a statesman of such extraordinary sagac. ity as Wolsey could have been hampered in all bis ef. forts by the necessity of obtaining the cordial and dis tinct acquiescence of his sovereign in everything that he ventured to undertake as a condition of his retaining power at all. Mr. Creighton accordingly pleads, with very good reason, that statesmen are to be judged not merely by their works, but by their aims, and that Wolsey in particular was greater far than his achievements." -Athenæum, Apr. 28.

Dante Alighieri. Le prime 4 edizioni della Divina commedia, litteralmente ristampate per cura di G. G. Warren, Lord Vernon. Daryl, P. Ireland's disease; notes and impres


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"His observations have the merits and demerits natu ral to a foreigner, who is also a newspaper correspond. ent. He notices little signs which escape the eye that has grown familiar with them. On the other hand, he sees half-truths, and is liable to the temptation to indulge in fanciful interpretations. Mr. Daryl talks very suggestively, very amusingly, very cleverly indeed. His descriptions are striking; his banter is light and good humoured; his sarcasm very delicate and never brutal. Yet we confess that we neither understand clearly his attitude towards the various elements of Irish society, nor can we frame from his remarks any clear answer to the question, What is Ireland's disease?'"- Westminster rev., April.

Deane, W. Notice of Asa Gray. Repr. from
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club.
Don Pirlone, Il; giornale di caricature politiche.

Vol. 1. 1848-49.
Eckstein, E. Quintus Claudius; tr. by C. Bell.


Brothers of pity, and other

Ewing, Mrs. J. H.
A great emergency, and other tales. 1886.
Jackanapes; illust. by R. Caldecott.
Old-fashioned fairy tales; illust. by A. W.
Bayes, and G. Browne.
Farrar, F: W: Everyday Christian life; or, Ser-
mons by the way.

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"Written by one who enjoys an exclusive knowledge of his subject. When the life of the Conqueror has already been told in such prolixity of detail as in the 'History of the Norman Conquest,' it is virtually impossible for the same writer to tell us aught that is new. But on the one hand his portrait gains vastly by concentration; and on the other, many to whom his larger work would of necessity remain a sealed book will read with profit this short biography.”. Athenæum, Apr. 7.

Gasquet, F. A. Henry VIII. and the English monasteries; an attempt to illustrate the history of their suppression. Vol. 1.

"The old scandals, universally discredited at the time, and believed in by a later generation only through prejudice and ignorance, are now dispelled forever, and no candid Protestant will ever think of reviving them." -Academy, Feb. 25.

Glass, H. A. The story of the psalters; history

of the metrical versions of Great Britain and America, 1549-1885.

"Mr. Glass has here exposed to view an interesting page in literature, as well as in ecclesiastical history. The chance acquisition of an old copy of Tate and Brady' led him to enquire into its bibliography; and to this accident we are indebted for a volume that does credit to his research, and is never likely to be superseded, though it might have been fuller in many points." -Academy, Mar. 31.

Gower, Lord R. "Bric à brac;" or, Some photoprints illust. art objects at Gower Lodge, Windsor.

Griffiths, J: W: Treatise on marine and naval architecture; illust. 1854.

Guillim, J: Display of heraldry; 6th ed. with add., added A treatise of honour military and civil, by Capt. J: Logan, etc. 1724. Gunter, A. C. Mr. Potter of Texas. Hale, E: E. Mr. Tangier's vacations. Harte, F. B. A millionaire of Rough and Ready; A Phyllis of the Sierras; A drift from Redwood camp.

Hedge, F: H:, and Wister, A. D. Metrical translations and poems.

Herodotus. Euterpe; being the 2d book of the famous history, Englished by B. R., 1584, ed. by A. Lang. Holmes, R: The sieges of Pontefract Castle, 1644


"A very interesting volume, though it might have been advantageously put into a more literary form.". Spectator, Apr. 7.

The coin collector's manual.

Inge, W: R. Society in Rome under the Cæsars. "His learning is not exhaustive. Such could hardly be expected in so young a man, and he is capable of making a serious mistake. But he has read widely and carefully. His temper of mind is all that could be desired. The latter, the descriptive part of Mr. Inge's volume naturally furnishes the most agreeable reading. About social habits and customs he gives us plenty of useful information. He has treated a difficult sub. ject with adequate knowledge, discretion, and taste."— Spectator, Apr. 21.

Behâristân, Abode of

"Of which one chapter or garden' was translated a few years ago by Mr. C. E. Wilson, under the title of Persian wit and humour.'' Academy, Dec. 10. Jensen, W: Das Asylrecht. 2 v. Kay, D: Memory; what it is and how to improve


Humphreys, H: N. 1875. 2 v.

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great-grandparents, and so on. Carry out this geometrical progression for some eight centuries, and it will be found that each of us had sixteen million ancestors alive in the time of William the Conqueror. In a vague sort of way he is groping after the truth which Mr. Galton is seeking with a somewhat more hopeful prospect of success. Mr. Kendall's elaborate calculations and ingenious conjectures only tend to show that the subject is one that lends itself very easily to trite and rather futile generalization." - St. James's budget, Apr. 7.

Kennedy, J. H. Early days of Mormonism; Palmyra, Kirtland and Nauvoo.


King, J: E:, and Cookson, C. Principles of sound and inflexion as illust. in the Greek and Latin languages. Kirkwood, D. The asteroids of minor planets between Mars and Jupiter. Lamb, C: Letters, with add., ed. with introd., etc. by A. Ainger. 2 v.

"At length the admirers of Charles Lamb may be congratulated on the publication of his correspondence in a form worthy of this prince of letter-writers. In his omissions the editor has exercised a sound judgment. And not only is Mr. Ainger a judicious critic, but it is evident that during the years he has devoted to Lamb no Dryasdust could have been more painstaking in gaining information at first hand from every source open to him. His accuracy, too, is remarkable. ... The letters which his good fortune has enabled him to add to the former stock are not inconsiderable in number." Athenæum, Apr. 7.


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Lathrop, R. H. Along the shore. Lefébure, E. Broderie et dentelles. (Bibl. de l'Enseignement d. Beaux-Arts.) Lefebvre, P. Une favorite de Norodôm; La folle de Oudon; préf. de G: Laguerre.

"De la couleur locale, des descriptions pittoresques, des effets dramatiques; enfin un récit rapide et d'un bon style." Maxime Gaucher in Rev. pol. et lit., 17 déc. Levi, L. International law; with materials for a code of international law. (Internat. sci. ser.)

Lindau, P. Arme Mädchen. McAnally, D. R., Jr. Irish wonders; popular tales as told by the people; illust. by H. R. Hea


"The folk-lore of a people is perilous ground for an author who has no special qualifications for the task. It is not a subject that can be trifled with. These rehashes of Irish, or supposed Irish, myths and legends are wanting in the directness, simplicity, verve, and reserve that characterize the folk-lore of the country; while the representations of scenery are for the most part unreal and distorted." — Nation, Apr. 26. McMurdo, E: History of Portugal.

The work compiled by Mr. McMurdo is, in truth, a translation by the accomplished Miss Mariana Monteiro' of Dom, A. Herculano's Historia de Portugal., Only a person of great inexperience could have thought that any profit was to be gained out of a 'conveyed' translation of a Portuguese history which ends in 1279, centuries before the country began to be of any interest to foreigners. As regards Miss Mariana's translation, it seems creditable. It is always stiff, sometimes confused, and here and there ungrammatical; but it is not easy to write in a foreign language, and the lady has used her dictionary honestly." Saturday rev., Apr. 7.

Markby, W:

Elements of law considered with reference to principles of general jurisprudence. 1885. (Clarendon Press ser.)

"One of the best works that have appeared on the subject of general jurisprudence since the publication of Mr. Austin's lectures." Westminster rev.

Martel, Mme. la comtesse de, (pseud. Gyp). Les Chasseurs; dessins de Crafty.

Maxwell, Mrs. M.. E.. B. Lady Audley's secret. 1862. 2 v.

Like and unlike. 2 v.

Mercier, C: The nervous system and the mind.

"There is no more difficult philosophical study than that which seeks to harmonize psychology with physi ology, ... The author undertakes this somewhat ambitious task apparently in the hope that light may thereby be thrown on the abnormal, as well as the normal, modes of mental action, but his method of elaborating the subject does not seem to us greatly to advance the end in view, not from any want of ability or enthusiasm so much as from the inherent difficulties of the subject."- Westminster rev., April.

Moberly, G: H. Life of William of Wykeham. Morris, W: A dream of John Ball and A king's

lesson, with an illust. by E: Burne-Jones. "Being a poet, Mr. Morris could not altogether fail to write like a poet. His descriptions of a village inn, the interior of a yeoman's house, and the moonlit church, in which, seated in the vicar's stall, he and his fellowenthusiast discuss economic problems, are very sympathetic and spirited. Unhappily there are few of these pleasureable interludes in the heady current of Mr. Morris's vain imaginings." — Sat. rev., Mar. 31.

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People's Palace for East London, The. Peyrebrune, G: de. La Margotte. Praed, W. M. Essays; coll. by Sir G: Young, with introd. by H: Morley. (Morley's univ. lib.) "The first collected edition of Praed's prose."- Sat. rev., Feb. 25.

Revue des traditions populaires. le année. 1886. Roberts, D. Two royal lives; gleanings from Berlin and from the lives of the Crown Prince and Princess of Germany.

Robins, E. C. Technical school and college building.

Rogers, J. E. T. The first nine years of the Bank of England, 1694-1703.

"Mr. Rogers came across a weekly register by John Houghton recording the prices of the Bank stock from 1694 to 1703. As there were some difficulties in this document, Mr. Rogers made enquiries at the Bank, and found to his surprise that the authorities of Threadneedle Street possessed no information about the price of their stock before 1705. On discovering this strange defect in the documentary records of the Bank, Mr. Rogers determined upon reprinting for the enlightenment of the world at large the table of prices and rates which this assiduous apothecary had compiled, and upon composing a narrative to show the reason for the fluctuations in the weekly prices of the stock." — Academy, May 5.

"This book, in language as well chosen as it is judicial and temperate, sets before its readers a history not only of the infancy of that great institution, but of the stormy and critical years of the Revolution, with the fortunes of which it is so closely bound up, and which it did so much to support. Much trustworthy information agreeably given. The five tables by Houghton, Justin, and others, which are appended to the book show the fluctuations of Bank stock, of the Amsterdam Exchanges, of the price of guineas, and of the discount on bank notes."— Saturday review, Apr.


Salt, II. S. Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Sander, N:

Rise and growth of the Anglican schism; tr. by D: Lewis. 1877. Savage, M. J. Bluffton.

Schobert, H. Picked up in the streets; tr. by

Mrs. Wister.

Schott, C: A. Secular variation of the magnetic declination in the U. S., etc. 6th ed.

Scott, Sir W. Marmion; ed. with notes by W: J. Rolfe; illust. 1885.

"Mr. Rolfe has discovered and repaired many disfig. urements of the longer poems in particular. caused by the poet's own unchallenged carelessness of revision, and by that of his editors and their copyists. He has also commendably undertaken to make the punctuation more modern and rational." - Nation, Apr. 26.

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Sidney, Sir P. Astrophel and Stella; ed. from the folio of 1598, by A. Pollard.

Smart, H. A false start.
Sutherland, J. M. William Wordsworth; story of

his life, etc.

"It professes to be a popular story of the great meditative poet. The assertion and the assurance are alike inaccurate. It is a passionate eulogy of the poet, interspersed with many quotations from his writings, which unnecessarily increase the bulk of the book. Its statements are all positive, and its adjectives all superlative." Westminster rev., April.

the intrusion of the faults which do something to mar their effect. The characters in the stories here are like all the author's characters, somewhat shadowy; but their shadowy quality is given by skilfully managed remoteness, not by careless, unimaginative work. The book is rich in work of a very exceptional loveliness of conception and execution." - James Ashcroft Noble in the Academy, Apr. 28.

Temple, Sir R:

Palestine illustrated.


"Sir Richard Temple spent a few weeks in Palestine in the early part of 1883. He occupied his leisure moments in making thirty-two studies in oil colours of some of the more important scenes in the Holy Land; and he has reproduced these studies with an explanitory text. The colouring is more satisfactory than the outline. In some instances the varied effects of light and shade, the brilliant tints, the transparent haze have been hap pily caught. The descriptions of places, if not altogether accurate, are sometimes quaint. Sir Richard Temple is happiest when he is describing the beautiful, sometimes startling atmosphereic effects which are so well known to travellers in the Holy Land." — Athenæum, Apr, 21.

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Deux générations; tr. par E. Halperine. 1886.

Ivan l'imbécile; tr. par E. Halpérine:

La mort; tr. par E. Halpérine.

Polikouchka; tr. de E. Halpérine. 1886.

Power and liberty; tr. from the French by H.

La puissance des ténèbres; tr. par E. Halpé-

Ward, T: H. Life of Humphrey Sandwith. 1884. English art in the public galleries

and others.

Life; tr. by I.. F. Hapgood.

"A thoughtful study. He specially tries to combat the fear of death, which he claims is founded on unpardonable ignorance."

of London. Washington, G: Reprint of original letters to J. Reed during the Amer. Revolution, by W:

B. Reed. 1852.

Whitman, E. A. Flax culture; outline of the history and condition of the flax industry in the U. S., with introd. by J. R. Leeson.

Wright, J. A middle high-German primer; with grammar, notes, and glossary. (Clarendon

Press ser.)

"The present book has been written in the hope that it will serve as an elementary introduction to the larger German works." - - Preface.

Wyon, A. B. and A. The great seals of England

from the earliest period to the present time. "When we remember that these beautifully executed autotypes have been obtained from waxen impressions of the original seals, many of them hundreds, one more than a thousand years old, scattered far and wide within the kingdom and beyond the channel, we shall have some conception of the persistent industry and ceaseless care by which alone the task could have been accomplished." - Spectator, Feb. 4.

Abdulla of Khorassan; Ahmed the cobbler; [tr. from the Persian].

About, E. F. V.

Alsace, 1871-72.

Histoire ancienne; comédie. 1868.
Nouvelles et souvenirs; illust. 1885.

Quinze journées au Salon de peinture et de
sculpture, 1883.

Retiré des affaires; comédie. 1869.

Salon de 1866. 1867.

and Najac, E. de. Nos gens; comédie. 1866. Adams, J: Defence of the constitutions of governinent of the U. S. 1797. 3 v. Addison, J. Rosamond; a tragic-opera. 1778. Albertus Magnus, Bp. of Ratisbon. Super missus est, ostendens ineffabiles virginis Marie laudes. 147/8-?]

Argles, Mrs. M. The Honourable Mrs. Vereker. Arundel Soc. Chromolithographs. 1887. Allegorical figures [Justice]; after the fresco by Paolo Veronese in the Villa Masèr, near Venice.

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Betterton, T': Life and times of T: Betterton, etc. "A mere compilation from Cibber, Malone, Downes, Genest,the Biographia Britannica,' and other sources, with no more pretence to shapeliness than to knowledge or accuracy. The compiler has attempted a task beyond his knowledge or his strength. His book is a useful compendium of stage documents, and we have much information not easily accessible elsewhere. For general purposes it may serve, and it is at least as correct and trustworthy as many of the biographies of actors with which it is intended to range." Saturday rev., May 5.

Boni, G. Vicenza medioevale.



Book of hours, The; offices for the seven canonical hours, litanies, and other devotions. 1866.

Bowles, E. Madame de Maintenon.

"Miss Bowles has set to work to present her heroine as she really was,' in a style that is neither persuasive nor rebarbative, and as we think to so little purpose that her book is practically non-existent. She makes no attempt at formal portraiture; but her attitude throughout is that of the believer and the eulogist, and her frame of mind is that of one who can see no wrong where it is believed that no wrong should be. Her book, in a word, is the book of an amateur, and the amateur in history is perhaps less tolerable than any other where."-Saturday rev., May 5.


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Lectures on Romanism; illustrations and refutations of the errors of Romanism and Tractarianism. 1854.

Moses right and Bishop Colenso wrong; popular ectures on the Pentateuch. 1863.

Daudet, A.

Trente ans de Paris; illust.

"This little volume is not a real biography -we have in it only glimpses of the past life of Daudet; but 'ab uno disce omnes, and the pictures which he gives us are so vivid, are so full of light and life, that it is impossible to form an incorrect opinion of the aim and character of the whole existence of the writer."- Nation, Jan. 26.

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