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Lord, F. Christian science healing; its principles and practice.

"At present next to the Bible, Christian science prefers the works of Mrs. Eddy, W. F. Evans, J. H. Dewey, M. D., The light of Asia, Molinos, Mme Guyon, Count Tolstoï, and Wagner's libretti. If we might of fer a suggestion to Miss Lord, it would be that she should translate Plotinus, and add him to the list. For when Plotinus says They that love God bear lightly with the way of the world, bear lightly whatever befalls them in the general movement of things,' he says almost everything that is essential in 'Christian science.' In the meantime Miss Lord may exercise her powers in endeavoring to convert her reviewers by 'the absent treatment,' and perhaps she will have accomplished that miracle about the time when she reaches the colo- . phon of Plotinus." — Saturday rev., Oct. 13. Lowell, P. The soul of the far east. McClintock, J: N. History of New Hampshire. Maine, H: S. International law; lectures delivered before the University of Cambridge in 1887. (Whewell lectures.)

"Dealing with the rules of war, his lectures are a running commentary on the manual for the use of English officers in the field, con Lord Thring, which for some reason or other the Government has not allowed to be published. Comparatively slight and frag. mentary as are these studies on a great subject, they are yet full of Maine's characteristic independence and sug. gestiveness." G. P. Macdonnell in Academy, Nov. 3. Matthew, J. E. Popular history of music, musical instruments, ballet, and opera, from St. Ambrose to Mozart; illust.


Minto, W: The mediation of Ralph Hardelot.

"Mr. Minto's hero lived during the troubled days of the reign of the boy king Richard II. The interest of the plot is throughout well sustained. Had Mr. Minto only been successful in putting more flesh and blood into the characters he introduces, he would have written an exceedingly interesting story; even as it is, he has written one that is worth reading." · Athenæum,

Oct. 6.

Mitford, R. C. W: R., Maj.-Gen. dent; a journey east from pool.

"General Mitford is a good observer; and, even while travelling over the well-worn track, he has suc ceeded, not only in noting a great number of interesting facts, but also in embodying them in a readable book. Interesting as the book undoubtedly is, it is also, unfortunately, so full of errors that it is surprising how it could have been sent to press without more careful revision. Mistakes and faults meet the eye continually; and there are errors in the orthography, typography, grammar, history, and other points.-M. Beazeley, Sept 22.

Orient and OcciLahore to Liver

Molloy, J. F. Life and adventures of Edmund

Kean, tragedian, 1787-1833. 2 v.

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Nichol, J. Francis Bacon; his life and philoso phy. Pt. 1. Life. (Phil. classics for Eng. readers.)


"Professor Nichol judges Bacon like a scholar and not like a schoolmaster. One may or may not be precisely of his opinion in every point of detail, but his judgment is always of a reasonable kind. As a narrative it is rather in the nature of a companion for those who already know something of Bacon's time than a compendious arrangement of information for the 'general reader,' who is presumed to know nothing. Books of this kind are legitimate and useful as an encouragement and guide to real knowledge, not as a substitute for it."- Saturday review, Sept. 22. Nicholson, Rev. J: A. No cipher in Shakespeare; a refutation of the Hon. Ignatius Donnelly's Great cryptogram.


Ohio in 1788; a description of the soil, productions, etc., of that portion of the U. S. situated between Pennsylvania, the rivers Ohio and Scioto, and Lake Erie; tr. from the French, with note and introd., by J: H: James. Owen, F. M. Essays and poems. 1887.

"It is seldom that, among the minor essayists, we have read a volume with so much sustained interest. The essays are chiefly on Shakespeare, Browning, Christine Rossetti, Wordsworth. But the most beautiful essay in the book is, perhaps, one written upon Jean François Millet after the appearance of Sensier's life of the artist. The volume shows an activity and thoughtful tenderness which are not too common." Academy, Mar. 3. Parkinson, Rev. T: Yorkshire legends and traditions as told by her ancient chroniclers, her poets, and journalists.

"Mr. Parkinson has gleaned a goodly stock of legends of all sorts. The critical faculty, if he possesses it, has not been exercised, but, notwithstanding this, he has produced an amusing book which Yorkshiremen will consult with pleasure.". Athenæum, Sept. 22. Plato. The Phaedrus, Lysis, and Protagoras, new and literal trans., mainly from the text of Bekker, by J. Wright.

Poole, S. L. Life of the Rt. Hon. Stratford Canning, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe; from his memoirs and papers. 2 v.


"A model of condensed and vivid biography, with the materials so neatly put together that the unobserv. ant reader is likely to overlook the tact with which the work has been constructed. Indeed, while having the charm of biography, it is much more a contribution to the nineteenth century history in the shape of what aims at being a strictly impartial record of one history maker's career than a biography of the usual type.". Athenæum, Oct. 13.

Price, T: R. The construction and types of Shakespeare's verse as seen in the Othello. (Shakespeare Soc. of N. Y. Papers.)

Pushkin, A. S. Poems; tr. with introd. and notes, by Ivan Panin.

Reminiscences of Behar; by an old planter. 1887. Revel, J. Chez nos ancêtres.

"Un ouvrage bien curieux, éminemment suggestif, débordant d'idées neuves et originales, fécond en aperçus ingénieux ou profonds, en même temps ne craignant pas le paradox."— Revue bleue, 7 juil.

Robinson, F. T. Living New England artists; biog. sketches; reproductions of original drawings and paintings by each artist. Roosevelt, T. Essays on practical politics. (Ques

tions of the day.)

"As a statement of some of the evils to be remedied, his book will be found useful." - Critic, Oct. 27.

Rouyer, E. La Renaissance de François 1. à Louis XIII; décorations intérieures. [1887.] Rylands, L. G. Crime; its causes and remedy.

"Those soft-hearted, or soft headed, persons who think that prisons ought to be reformed into comfortable quarters for criminals may find not a little consolatory sentiment in this book." Sat. rev., Nov. 24. Sallier-Chamont, G. M. Annales françaises, 177489. 1813.

Schopenhauer, A. Two essays: 1. On the fourfold root of the principle of sufficient reason. 2. On the will in nature; a literal translation.

Scudder, S: H. Butterflies of the eastern United States and Canada, with special reference to New England. Pt. 1, 2.

Sharpe, C: K. Letters from and to C: K. S.; ed. by A. Allardyce; with a memoir by W. K. R. Bedford. 2 v.

"These volumes give us a full-length portrait of a singular character' whose ghost still haunts the streets, drawing-rooms, and book sales of Edinburgh, but whose chief claim to immortality is Sir Walter Scott's description of him as the Scotish Horace Walpole.' Sharpe was, we should say, a much sincerer, more reliable, perhaps, even more earnest man than Horace Walpole. But he was not so able, nor was he so delightful a letter-writer." Spectator, Oct. 13. Simon, E. Histoire du Prince de Bismarck, 1847– 87. 1887. Sladen, D. B. W. Australian poets, 1788-1888; a selection of poems written in Australia and New Zealand during the first century of the British colonization, with notes and introd. by P. Martin.

"One would be inclined to assert that Australian poetry derives its strength and value mainly from the fact that it is not only Australian in the sense of its having been written in Australia, but because it describes often so well- the peculiar features of life in that continent. It is something to have been able to bring together so large a volume, while including so little which is absolutely worthless. The great poet has not yet arisen in Australia. In the meantime it is sig. nificant, and hopeful that nearly everything Australia has given us of poetic worth is full of individuality, for the individual note must always be present in poetry of the first order, whatever be its other qualities." — H. T. Mackenzie Bell in the Academy, Dec. 15.

Solomon, pseud. The key of Solomon the King (clavicula Salomonis); now first tr. and ed. from ancient iss. in the British Museum, by S. L. M. Mathers. Stillingfleet, E:, Bp. of Worcester. Origines Britannica; or, The antiquities of the British churches; with a pref. conc. some pretended antiquities relating to Britain, in vindication of the Bp. of St. Asaph. 1685. Stimson, F: J. (pseud. J. S., of Dale).

First harvests; an episode in the life of Mrs. Levison Gower; a satire without a moral. Strong, A. II. Philosophy and religion; addresses, essays, and sermons designed to set forth great truths in popular form.

Taylor, I:, Canon of York. Leaves from an Egyp

tian note-book.

"So written as to be easily read, and never dull or tedious. On the whole, although we cannot agree with many of Canon Taylor's conclusions, especially where they are founded on inadequate evidence and prejudice, his book must be praised as an honest attempt to throw light on the subject, and in spite of his grotesque admi

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"C'est de l'inédit, et un choix dans l'inédit: de onze volumes que forment les lettres manuscrites du maréchal, un seul volume a été extrait. On a laissé de côté les lettres politiques, longues et verbeuses, pour nous donner le dessus du panier des lettres familères. Cellesci semblent tout à fait charmantes à l'éditeur. Sans être au même point ravis, vous les trouverez agréables par endroits. Tout au moins donnent-elles une impres sion vivante et de l'auteur et de l'époque.”. Revue bleue, 9 juin.

Theuriet, A. Contes de la forêt, avec deux dessins de Reichan.

Gertrude et Véronique.

Tolstoi, Graf L. N. Family happiness; a romance; [tr.] by N. H. Dole. University of Pennsylvania. Animal locomotion; the Muybridge work at the University; the method and the result.

Vitu, A: C: J.

Les mille et une nuits de théâtre.

6e sér.

"It is the fault of not the writer but the material that M. Vitu's sixth volume is something less interesting than its predecessors. We have the same good sense, the same good style, the same good feeling, the same dis. tinction of heart and hand and head; but the occasions for their exercise and display are less important than before. M. Vitu, it is true, has always something to say, and his book continues to be the best theatrical mirror one knows; but one cannot help wishing that the great premières had come more frequently, and that of little ones and reprises we might have heard less." Saturday review, Oct. 6.

Vogue, E. M., vete. de.

Souvenirs et visions.


Walford, C. Gilds; their origin, constitution, objects, and later history. New and enl. ed. Walford, L.. B. Her great idea; and other stories.

(Leisure hour ser.)

"A collection of tales of an extremely juvenile order, and there are also parlor-plays and rhymes, neither so clever nor so original as those found in our magazines for young people." - Critic, Nov. 10. Walker, T:

Journal of an exploration in the

spring of 1750; with pref. by W: Cabell Rives.

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Balzani, U. The popes and the Hohenstaufen.

(Epochs of church history.)

"Count Balzani has by no means neglected the quasiromantic side of his history; but he has, on the other hand, not succumbed in the least to the temptations of excess in dallying with it. His first object has evidently been to to give a clear and connected account of the transactions referred to in his title. He has done it, of course, distinctly from the Italian side; and though he is never unfair, his admiration of the great Frederick is clearly chequered by a little dislike of the intrusive Tedesco. An expositon of facts, not an inculcation of opinions, is, as it should be, the evident purpose of the book. Nor would it have been easy to give a better sketch of so full and complicated a period." - Saturday review, Dec. 15.

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Black, W: In far Lochaber; a novel.


"Mr. William Black in his latest novel has renewed his literary youth. In some of his more recent novels his characteristic virtues have displayed a tendency to run off into their allied weaknesses. 'In far Lochaber' recalls the delight of the days when we first made acquaintance of Kilmeny,' and 'A daughter of Heth.'" — Spectator, Nov. 24. Boyd, S. G. Indian local names, with their interpretation. 1885.


Bradford, N. H. Proceedings of the centennial celebration, Sept. 27, 1887.

Broadfoot, Maj. W. The career of Major G: Broadfoot in Afghanistan and the Punjab: compiled from his papers and those of Lords Ellenborough and Hardinge.

"George Broadfoot was an officer of rare capacity who was killed in the prime of life, when the Sikh sol diers dashed over the Sutlej and the Empire for twentyfour hours was in deadly peril. He had governed no great province, attained no high military rank, won no battle; but when he died at Firozshah all who were in a position to know his qualities felt that his loss was the greatest on that field of carnage."- Spectator, Dec. 8. Brown, F, H: Medical register for New England. 1880, 84. 2 v.

Bullen, A. H. Speculum amantis; love-poems from rare song-books and miscellanies of the 17th century.

Burgon, J: W: Lives of twelve good men. 2 v.

"Everything about Burgon, from his figure to his umbrella, suggested originality and independence of mind. To the world in general he was most widely known as a slashing controversialist, a quaint, almost fanciful preacher, a devotional commentator, a theologian of definite, decided views, and a man of warm impulses and enthusiastic temperament. In 'Twelve good men' these characteristics are conspicuous, but they are modified by other traits. Here we see displayed his tender. ness of heart, his love of children, his strong sense of humour, his fund of anecdote, his independence of speech, his fervent piety, his loyalty to his friends and to his university.". -Athenæum, Oct. 27. Burnham, C. L.. Young maids and old. Campion, T: Works; ed. by A. H. Bullen. Carey, R. N. Aunt Diana.

"Good reading for young girls " Literary world,

Nov. 10.
Cherbuliez, V. La vocation du comte Ghislain.

"M. Victor Cherbulicz excelle à décrire deux sortes
d'âmes: les âmes doubles et les âmes incertaines. Le
comte Ghislain est une de ces dernières. M.Cherbuliez est
peut-être moins un romancier qu'un philosophe et un cri-
tique qui écrit des romans; et l'on déduirait de là toutes
ses qualités, et aussi ses quelques défauts. On dirait:
parmi tant de romanciers qui ne savent rien de rien,
mais qui sont vivement émus par les choses concrètes,
celui-là est très savant et très réfléchi. Là est son mé.
rite et aussi, si vous y tenez, son infériorité.” -
- Revue
bleue, 8 sept.



Churchward, W: B. Blackbirding" in the South Pacific; or, The first white man on the beach.

"Deals with the barbarities perpetrated by white men upon the Pacific islanders, and the various other acts of blackguardism and meanness which if not absolutely typical, have too commonly characterized the careers of the white adventurers in these seas within our own times. The adventures related purport to be the reminiscences, noted down by the author, of an old negro at Apia. It is a gruesome record. There is no lack of power in the very simplicity with which all the attendant details of treachery, and cruelty are described, the horror being enhanced by the natural beauty of the scenes where the deeds were enacted, and by the character of the victims."- Athenaeum, Oct. 27.

Cook, E: T. A popular handbook to the National Gallery; incl. notes from the works of Mr. Ruskin; with pref. by J: Ruskin.

"A very happy thought, and on the whole, as successful a realization of it as could be expected of any one who has not made a special study of art or of art criticism. From Mr. Cook's own admission his per. sonal claims to authority on such subjects are slight, and the principle merits of the compilation, as far as the compiler is concerned, are patience, industry,ingenuity, and accuracy. Mr. Ruskin's views are strong, and are urged in such very forcible language that any handbook to any picture gallery which is mainly made up of quotations from his writings is calculated to prejudice the reader somewhat violently against certain artists, and even certain whole schools. This fact alone seems greatly to diminish the value of this handbook, if we consider it in any other light than as a handbook to Ruskin. Nevertheless, though some radical faults prevent it from reaching an ideal standard, it is in many ways a very interesting and valuable book, full, espe cially in the Italian section, of information well-chosen and arranged which will be of great assistance to all who wish to take an intelligent interest in the pictures." Sat. rev. Oct. 27.

Concerning men; and

"The words, not of a literary artist, writing with a view to effectiveness, but of a noble sympathetic woman."― James Ashcroft Noble in the Academy, Nov.3. Curtis, G. E. The effect of wind-currents on rainfall. 1884.

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Craik, Mrs. D. M. M.

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"The story of the first Hindu woman to seek our shores for access to that learning which the institutions of her own country denied her. The narrative is a brief and fragmentary one, but it reveals a strong and singularly noble soul." Nation, Aug. 30. Dedham, Mass. Town Clerk. Record of baptisms,

marriages, and deaths, and admissions to the church, and dismissals therefrom in Dedham, 1638-1845; also all the epitaphs in the ancient burial place [and] other inscriptions before 1845 in the three parish cemeteries. Domvile, Lady M. Life of Lamartine.

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"A very well-written history rather of the poet's actual life in the biographical sense than of his works in the critical, though of course, this latter subject is not entirely ignored."— Athenæum, Nov. 24.

Dow, J. Historical address, Hampton, N. H.,

Dec. 25, 1838, in commemoration of the settlement of that town. 1839. Dunn, J. P., Jr. Indiana; a redemption from slavery. (Amer. commonwealths.)

"Mr. Dunn would have acted wisely in abbreviating his very full and valuable account of slavery in the state to make room for a survey of the history since 1820."- · Literary world, Nov. 10.

Duruy, G: Victoire d'âme.

"In La colonelle,' he has achieved a very fair 'joyeusetté' in the Droz manner,and, indeed, the book is clever throughout, though a little uncertain and indistinct in the style and character of its cleverness.". Aug. 25. Edwardes, C: Rides and studies in the Canary

Sat. rev.,


"Fills the imagination with glowing pictures, to the credit of Canary Land. The people are not so seductive as their country, but they have their merits. In Tacoronte Mr Edwardes saw a curious spectacle which

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"Recounts in chronological order the chief events recorded and the most prominent books criticized in the 'Athenæum 'between 1831 and 1882. Intended for reference rather than for continuous reading, and the copious index and table of contents ma make it of considerable use to the student. The Athenæum' has bad among its contributors men of the highest mark in modern literature, and it deserves the credit of striving honestly to obtain impartial judgments at a time when the literary press of London was in a large measure subservient to the interests of publishers. The volumes abound with curious and interesting statements, and in bringing before the public the most notable features of a distinguished journal from its infancy almost to the present hour."- Spectator, Nov. 24.

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Gasparin, V. B., comtesse de. Dans les prés et sous les bois. 1887.

"Contes aimables, descriptions pleines de couleur locale." - Rev. d. D. Mondes, 15 juin.

Gay, V: Glossaire archéologique du Moyen Age

et de la Renaissance. T. 1. 1887.

"Le nouveau Glossaire sera désormais indispensable à toute étude archéologique du moyen âge. Il est inté ressant et commode. Les figures sont nombreuses et généralement inédites ou rares: la riche collection de l'auteur et celle de quelques amateurs lui ont fourni bien des types curieux. Les textes sont souvent nouveaux et puisés aux sources. Chaque terme est suivi d'une courte explication, puis d'une série de documents rangés par ordre chronologique, depuis l'époque mérovingienne jusqu'au 18e siècle."- - H: de Curzon in Rev. critique, 5 mai 1884.

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superb edition of the Grammont Memoirs.... The best certificate that they have ever received is the simple fact that Sir Walter Scott published an edition in 1811. ... He was perhaps the most healthy-minded

man of the world who ever threw himself into literature. We are quite sure that one can get the most literary and historical good out of them by putting on, as a preliminary to reading the spectacles not of Charles Lamb, who was too indulgent a moralist, or of Macaulay who was essentially a presbyterian in his ethics, but of Sir Walter Scott. What is best in these Memoirs that is not supplied by Grammont him. self, is contributed by Anthony Hamilton, who was unquestionably a master of style." - Spectator, Dec. 8. Hawkins, E: The silver coins of England, ar

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"With all Mr. Hurlbert's facilities for getting at facts, fairness of estimation, and strong common sense he does not attempt any process of solution, short and sum. mary, or tedious and expensive, by which the Irish difficulty might be solved. Home rule he does not deal with, because it has hitherto in his eyes assumed neither shape nor likeness. He says truly that it is a polemical phrase which may mean anything or nothing at all. To Mr. Hurlbert the state of feeling witnessed by him in Ireland in 1888 resembles that of the Border States of the American Union in 1861." Sat. rev., Sept. 29.

Lanciani, R. Ancient Rome in the light of recent discoveries.

"The excavations made since 1871, under Professor Lanciani's observation and direction, are here described. They have brought to light the Forum, the House of the Vestal Virgins, the Palace of the Cæsars, the walls of the Senate-house, and multitudes of statues, inscriptions, and other objects of historic interest. Numerous illustrations add great value and attraction to the book."

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"Rarely has it happened that a work on the dry and fossilized themes of antiquity possessed so much romantic interest as this, and in no wise to the detriment of its scientific authority. The Professor has succeeded in preserving to an unusual extent the charm which early classical history has for the student of myths and mysteries. The chapter on the Foundation and prehistoric life of Rome is one of the best and most solid pieces of archæological reconstruction we have had the good fortune to see, put plainly and logi cally before an unscientific public." Nation, Jan. 17.

"His scholarship is sound, and his authority unimpeachable when he speaks of historical times, but when we leave written evidence behind us we are on very unsafe ground." W. F. Allen in the Dial, Jan. Laurie, S. S. Occasional addresses on educational subjects.

Lees, J. A., and Clutterbuck, W. J. B. C. 1887; a ramble in British Columbia.

"Two of the authors of Three in Norway' picked up an equally jovial and facetious companion, and went on an exploring expedition in the wilds of North west

ern America. The mystical B. C. does not mean Before Christ, but stands for British Columbia. Readers of the former book will know what they may expect; and if they like a rollicking and lively style, their expectations will be fully gratified. We own to having been entertained from the first page to the last." - Saturday rev., Oct. 27.

Lewis, Rev. A. G: Maxwell Gordon; the pilgrim missionary of the Punjab; a history of his life and work, 1839-80.

"His letters and journals, of which copious extracts are given, cannot but interest all who care for bright descriptive sketches of Indian life, and an ingenuousness of style that exemplifies the single-hearted devotion of the writer. Mr. Lewis's Memoir is thoroughly readable, is well illustrated, and has a good sectional map."Sat. rev., Nov. 10.

Lewis, T: H. The holy places of Jerusalem.

"By far the most important contribution to the discussion respecting the holy places of Jerusalem that has appeared since 1878, when Mr. Fergusson published his Temples of the Jews.' The value of the book is greatly increased by the number of plans, sections, and drawings which have been selected to illustrate the text; and it is a book which should be read and studied by every one who takes an interest in the sacred shrines of the Holy City." Athenæum, Dec. 1. Lossing, B. J: The Empire State; a compendious history of the commonwealth of New York. Loua, T. La France sociale et économique d'après les documents officiels les plus récents. Lovett, R. Irish pictures drawn with pen and pencil.

Marshall, J: Vie de G: Washington; préc. d'un précis de l'histoire des colonies fondées par les Anglais; tr. par P. F. Henry. 1807. 5 v. Marston, W. Our recent actors; recollections of


late distinguished performers of both sexes; with incidental notices of living actors. "Doctor Marston's work will be of permanent value to students of dramatic literature, though not on that account, we hope, less interesting to the public. Any one who wishes to know the great actors and actresses more intimately can hardly do better than study Dr. Marston's work. He enables us to feel their charm to enjoy their humour, and to realize their finest efforts in a manner which is altogether wonderful.” — Sat. rev., Nov. 17. Martineau, J. A study of religion, its sources and

2 v.

contents. "His Types of ethical theory' was a noble discussion of fundamental morals; he present volumes form a discussion, equally noble, of fundamental religion. There is, perhaps, no writer whose diction is so exqui site, and who yet never permits his language to be more than the well-fitting dress of vital truths. Dr. Martineau divides his work into four books, covering respectively the Limits of human intelligence,' Theism,' Opposing systems,' and The life to come.' It would be rash to say that no phase of attack upon the postulates of religion has ever been met more skilfully and forcibly than in Dr. Martineau's work, but we are inclined to think that there is no book, covering all the ground so thoroughly, making so complete and welljointed a series of arguments, and at the same time so likely to be read by thinking people. It sets in clear light the fact that the fundamental beliefs it maintains, the prerequisites to faith in revelation, are not the mere theses of the closet, but the common convictions, the natural, every-day reasonings of average men." Critic, Oct. 6.

Masson, G. The dawn of European literature; French literature.

"M. Masson contrived to put together in this little book a very great deal of information which is not easily to be obtained in any other single volume elsewhere." Sat, rev., Oct. 20.

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