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Pole, W: Life of Sir W: Siemens.
"The most interesting book of the kind that we have read since Nasmyth's delightful autobiography. Sir W. Siemens' entire life was passed in 'seeking in his mind' for the means of accomplishing some task or other, and he seems only to have ceased to invent when he ceased to live. No man has left his mark more deeply on the conditions of modern life; when we travel by the railway we pass over Siemen's steel rails; our ships are made of Siemen's steel, and are guided down the Channel by the light which he placed on the Lizard, we read by his electric light; we receive our news through his submarine cables; and, had he been spared longer, he would have probably have influenced our lives still more.". Sat. rev., Nov. 10.
Pyle, H. Otto of the silver hand; illust.
"On the whole, the story is well and strongly written, and the interest is maintained from beginning to end. It is a faithful picture of the times." -James Bald. win in the Bookbuyer.
Riley, J. W. (pseud. B: F. Johnson of Boone). "The old swimmin'-hole;" and 'leven more poems.
Roberts, E. Shoshone and other western won
ders; with a preface by C: F. Adams.
"Mr. Roberts not only takes his readers with him to this rarely visited Shoshone Cañon where the Snake River makes its great leap, but to the Grand Cañon of the Colorado, as well, to the Yellowstone Park, and through the delightful high plateau country which di vides the Great Salt Lake from the sources of Madison. His pictures are distinctly drawn, and full of color, the details of his journey contain much helpful information, and the book will be found as practically useful to travellers as it is interesting to those who stay at home.". Literary world, Nov. 10.
Sheridan, Gen. P. H: Personal memoirs. 2 v.
"The book is a modest account of what he calls his share in the many notable events of the last three de. cades; and he nowhere sets himself out in greater prominence than he was bound to do by a regard for historical truth. The subject was the part he played, and, of course, in that he was the principal actor; and we doubt if such a delicate piece of work was ever done with less egotism and more consideration for his com
rades of all ranks. There is no fault-finding, no acer. bity; and it is only by the aid of reflection, after reading the book, that one calls up the memory of persons and incidents which might have provoked the utterance of hard judgments and warm comment in a less charitable narrator. The story runs brightly on from begin. ning to end; it never flags, and is never dull; indeed, the only capital defects of the volumes are the poor portraits and very bad maps."- Spectator, Dec. 22.
Sidney, Sir P. Astrophel and Stella; ed. by A.
"Its maker took thought and knew bookmaking to be an art. It is well made, also, in another sense for the editor has done his work in scholarly fashion,supplying an adequate introduction, many various readings, and ample notes."- Nation, Aug. 23.
Smart, H. The master of Rathkelly.
"Perhaps because his subjects are more serious than usual, Mr. Hawley Smart is more than usually regardless of grammar, but his admirers will find no lack of the old sporting incidents, steeple-chases especially in his three volumes only adjuncts to a moral theme.". Athenæum, Nov. 17.
Smith, G: Stephen Hislop, pioneer missionary and naturalist in central India, 1844-63. "Doctor George Smith, through education and the experiences of a many-sided life, and not less, as is everywhere evident, through a natural graciousness of disposition, is able to discuss the various religious questions that must be dealt with in missionary biographies, as a man of letters and a man of the world as well as a true son of the Free Church, without animosity, and in a spirit of sympathetic toleration.... It is a book not for the missionary only, but for every reader interested in India." - Athenæum, Dec. 1.
Toole, J: L. Reminiscences; related by himself,
chronicled by J. Hatton. 2 v.
"Mr. Hatton has put together in a readable form a great mass of anecdotes bearing on the life of a popu lar actor on and off the stage, and he has certainly contrived to give us, what books of the sort generally fail utterly to give, a clear notion of the individuality of the central figure an inveterate farceur, with a soft heart and a sense of the pathos that underlies his humourous or grotesque externals." - Spectator, Nov. 24. Vaughan, T. (pseud. Eugenius Philalethes). Mag
ical writings; a verbatim reprint of his first four treatises; with the Latin passages tr. into English, and a biog. pref., and essay on the esoteric literature of western Christendom, by A: E: Waite.
Venables, E. Life of J: Bunyan. (Great writ
"While he acknowledges he has not been able to make any fresh discoveries, he has given a trustworthy and readable account of all that is known about Bunyan; he is in sympathy with his subject, and at the same time treats it with judgment and discrimination." Saturday review, Sept. 15.
Ainsworth, W: F. A personal narrative of the Euphrates Expedition. 2 v.
"Mr. Ainsworth's narrative begins towards the end of 1834, and the half century and more which has elapsed since his notes were recorded has produced a stream of works relating to every part of the countries which he traversed. We are constrained to say there is nothing of novelty, or of careful scientific research in these volumes to make them worthy and welcome. Mr. Ainsworth was geologist to the expedition; and thereis room even now for a scientific description of the most interesting and ancient monuments of Asia." Arthur Arnold in the Academy, Jan. 5.
Allen, C: G. B. Force and energy; a theory of
"It will, we think, make absolutely no converts in the scientific camp; but then it may spread a great deal of error in the lay mind, for Mr. Allen is a popular writer, whom all sorts of folk read, and without the needful critical training will accept possibly his heresy, and be come little centres for the wider spread of obscurity. ... Let every teacher read this book to understand what are the difficulties which his pupils may meet with; but let every student avoid it like sin until he is 'firm in the faith' then he may usefully try his 'prentice hand in proving its heresy.". Karl Pearson in the Academy, Dec. 29.
Allen, F. M. The voyage of the Ark; as related by Dan Banim.
"Mr. Allen is the legitimate successor of Lover, and in some respects his superior. He would have made more of the extravagantly funny conceits of Handy Andy' than Lover made of them, and he would never have strayed into tediousness. These are so delight. fully, so unreasonably amusing, set forth in the most perfect idiom, with an irresistible air of unconsciousness in their serious, sober, emphatic incongruity, that one feels it would take Charles Lamb to appreciate the captivating little book thoroughly, and even then he would be too English."— Spectator, Sept. 15.
Ballou, M. M. Foot-prints of travel; or, journeyings in many lands.
Balzac, H. de. Cousin Bette; tr. by K. P. Wormeley. (Comedy of human life.) Barr, A. E. In spite of himself; a tale of the
"We confess to a partiality for Miss Amelia Barr, whose North Country stories are wholesome and natu ral. But when we read such a novel as In spite of himself,' we feel how far inferior it is in the mere qualities of structure and workmanship to a novel of the same class or rank in current French literature. It is graceful, pure, unaffected, but from a literary point of view it is almost shapeless. The later two-thirds are far more readable than their predecessor."- Sat. rev., Sept. 8. Beauclerk, W: N. Rural Italy; an account of the present agricultural condition of the kingdom.
"A useful contribution to the solution of those agri. cultural questions which engross so much attention at the present day. He does not deal in graphic descrip tions; but though his statistics may appear dry and meagre, the facts they disclose are far more telling than the highly-coloured and often imaginative pictures which holiday-making travellers paint from their insuffi. cient knowledge of France or Italy."-Athenæum, Dec.
Bitzius, A. (pseud. Jérémias Gotthelf). Ulric, the farm servant; a story of the Bernese lowland; tr. by J. Firth; rev. and ed., with notes, by J: Ruskin. 9 pts.
cision other than interesting." — J: Ruskin in the preface.
"As studies of general human character, I know nothing but Scott's soundest work which can compare with this book; nor I believe will any sensible reader find the details which give them local vivacity and pre
"There is no excitement and very little incident in the history of Ulric. If the reader is not too greatly occupied in looking out for the wonders in the book which lie fancies he has been led to expect, he will enjoy this picture of homely Swiss life; he will follow the simple changes of agricultural employment with in. terest, and be often amused at the free, outspoken, but shrewd and calculating characters to which he is introduced. We have nothing but praise for Mrs. Firth's translation, which is every where easy and natural." Spectator, Nov. 24.
Browning, R. The pied piper of Hamelin; illust.
by K. Greenaway.
"In these designs the artist cannot be said to have excelled herself, although the subject undoubtedly suited her vein of taste, and lent itself to sympathetic treatment of children and quaint figures." —Athenowin, Nov. 24.
Bruce, A. B. Life of W: Denny, ship-builder,
Melancholy reading. It contains an interesting ac count, drawn from professional sources, of William Denny's successes in steamship building, and in the early use of steel for ships, and, at the same time, only too full a recital of the ceaseless activity of the ship. builder in non professional fields of enterprise. Every kind of social or political agitation appears to have engaged his attention as lecturer, speaker, or writer, with a white heat of fervour that worked disastrously upon a highly-strung nervous organization."-Saturday rev., Nov. 24.
"Miss Florence Marryat has made rather a new departure as regards the plot, and it may honestly be said that her success justifies an experiment which might have been rather a risky one." — Academy, Apr. 21. Crake, A. D: Brian Fitz-Count; a story of Wallingford Castle and Dorchester Abbey. "The scenes are about the middle of the twelfth cen tury. The ferocious Baron is drawn with a relent less pen. The writer of Alfgar the Dane' has lost none of his descriptive power.". Spectator, July
Dana, H: S. History of Woodstock, Vt. Day, W: The horse; how to breed and rear him. "The volume might have been, by the omission of a very considerable portion of its contents, equally decreased in weight, and increased in interest. We might have been spared an introduction of twenty-five pages. Neither would an aching void have been left in literature had the first five chapters never been written; they contain little that is in any degree origi. nal, and a great deal that is ancient and wearisome. Of the treatment of the mare and of the foal, and of the yearling up to the time when it passes into the trainer's hands, of the nature of the land, and the best position for a stud-farm, of the construction of the sheds, hovels, and fences, Mr. Day speaks with the clearness, simpli city and authority of a very old paddock hand, in fact, on these points his work well deserves to rank as a textbook." Sat. rev., Nov. 21.
Drayson, Maj.-Gen. A. W. Thirty thousand years of the earth's past history read by aid of the discovery of the second rotation of the earth.
"According to the author it is not the whole axis of the earth which traces a cone, but the two semi-axes, a result of a second and slow rotation, and that the axis traces a circle round some point not the pole of the ecliptic, and that the decrease in the obliquity of the ecliptic is not owing to the lateral or the movement to. wards the pole of the heavens, but to the second rota tion. If this be so it is curious that astronomers should have missed such a discovery by so little, and that little compelling them to use perpetual corrections, and mak ing according to the author, a grand revolution of the equinoxes 31,682, instead of 25,868 years. The writer has constructed an ingenious model to explain this phenomenon." - Spectator, Jan. 5.
Earle, J: A handbook to the land-charters, and other Saxonic documents. (Clarendon
"The book seeks to fulfil the function of a handbook, both by the typical nature of its arrangement, and by its references to all standard works bearing on the subject."
Edwards, M. B. The parting of the ways.
"A novel of brilliancy and distinction. There is al ways a certain cleverness in anything that Miss Betham Edwards writes, and this story forms no exception." G. Burnett Smith in the Academy, May 26.
Ernest 11., A: C: J: L. A. E:, duc de Saxe-Coburg
et Gotha. Memoirs, 1818-50. 2 v.
"The author has included rather too many documents, some of which are of only slight importance; and it can. not be said that he has given a new reading of any really great events. Still, students of recent history will find it thoroughly worth while to examine what be has to say about the period with which he deals. He had excep. tional means of becoming acquainted with the aims and intentions of the leading sovereigns and statesmen of the age, and his impressions are set down in a frank, unpretending style which makes his story as a whole eminently readable." Athenaeum, Dec. 7.
of most readers will be in the third Appendix. This is a colored chart of all faith streams, measuring 7 1-2 by 2 1-4 feet. It is impossible to exaggerate its use to the student of comparative religion. The various cults referred to in the work are here shown by distinct colors in the centre space with the God-Ideas or Incarnated forms of these. It possesses wide margins, and on one side is a well digested list of the main facts connected with the external relations of religion, and on the other a similar statement of its constituent elements. These are all arranged under their appropriate dates. A glance at the chart therefore shows you what are the leading ideas in a particular creed, and by turning to the sides one is furnished with the actual historical circumstances. The work is not only well printed but profusely illustrated.” —- Dundee advertiser.
Garman, S. On the lateral canal system of the selachia and holocephala.
The rattle of the rattlesnake.
Goodman, E: J. Too curious; a novel.
"While suggestive of Anstey in conception, it lacks his sustained cleverness."- Critic, June 30. Gould, S. B. Richard Cable, the lightshipman. Grant, J. The Scottish soldiers of fortune; their adventures and achievements in the armies of Europe.
"The book though with much interesting matter is too scrappy. It would have been better to have written at greater length of fewer men." - Spectator, Nov. 24. Hague, P. A. A blockaded family; life in southern Alabama during the Civil War.
"Not a complete history, and it does not pretend to explain exhaustively the mechanics of musical instruments. Still the remarks on their constructional development, which is the ever present and connecting link in their history, are amply sufficient, and the relics themselves have been delineated by Mr. William Gibb, with rare skill. Not a few of them have much historic and personal interest, such as the so-called Queen Mary's harp, Rizzio' guitar, Queen Elizabeth's lute and her virginal." — Athenæum, Jan. 5.
Hobbs, W: H. On the petrographical characters of a dike of diabase in the Boston basin. Hosmer, J. K. Life of young Sir H: Vane, Gov
ernor of Massachusetts Bay, and leader of the Long Parliament; with a consideration of the English commonwealth as a forecast of America.
"On the whole a careful and satisfactory production. As a biography it has some faults, for it contains a great deal which has only a remote connection with its subjects. It is brightly written, and is a thoroughly creditable piece of work; but we still remain convinced of the substantial truth of Carlyle's estimate of Vane; he was brilliant, subtle, and industrious, full of enthusiam given to all manner of religious crazes, and lacking in mental fibre and ballast, not a great statesman' by any means, and on the whole rather a thin man."- Sat. rev., Dec. 29.
Hunt, W: The English Church in the Middle Ages. "While we praise his general exposition, we may no tice his summary of the relations of the Church before the Conquest of the State, and the Papacy respectively, and his remarks on the status of the clergy in Parlia ment and Convention, as specially good examples of his treatment of particular points and persons. No better conceived or arranged book of the kind has recently come before us." Sat. rer., Dec. 1.
Kebbel, T. E. Life of George Crabbe. (Great
"As an introductory sketch to prepare the reader for the perusal of Crabbe himself the present volume has no inconsiderable merits, especially in the biographical part, and in the digest and enumeration of the works. There are some minor drawbacks, chiefly in the critical part." - Saturday review, Oct. 13. Kenyon, R. L. The gold coins of England, arranged and described, sequel to Mr. Hawkins' Silver coins of England. 1884. Knight, W: Principal Shairp and his friends.
"As a discriminating and just, though not very subtle critic; as a writer of poems that are full of the Wordsworthian spirit, but fuller still of the mountain air and piety of his country; as an enthusiastic patriot in the best sense; above all things a simple-minded, warmhearted man, John Campbell Shairp deserved a biogra phy, and a sympathetic one. The title is unintentionally misleading. It suggests portraits or at least fresh glimpses of the men with whom Shairp was on terms of intimacy. But it tells us very little that is at once new or important of Clough, or Arnold, or John Brown, or Norman Macleod. The memory of Shairp appears to be crushed beneath the weight of posthumous testimonials, much as Tarpein was crushed beneath the gifts she coveted. Professor Knight thoroughly understands the lovable nature of the man, and as thoroughly understands his ethical and religious standpoints. When he writes about Shairp, instead of quoting what some half-dozen other people have written, his narrative is all that could be desired. The best chapters are those which deal with Shairp's early enthusiasm for Wordsworth and Scott." Spectator, Nov. 17. Mémoire produit au Conseil d'Etat du roi, dans l'instance en cassation de l'arrêt du 6 mai, 1766, qui a condamné à mort son père. 1779. Lefevre, Rt. Hon. G: S. Incidents of coercion; journal of visits to Ireland, 1882, 1883.
Lally-Tolendal, T. G., marq. de.
"This book goes far to disprove its own contentions, The author freely contradicts himself, a trick he may have learned in Ireland; he snorts defiance to law and trails his coat' for a free fight, if not at Donny brook, at Portumna. He has made two pilgrim. ages in search of truth; he has been crammed with half-truths and distorted facts that were just suited to satisfy his pre-judgment. His methods of observation are everywhere the same, and the results of them are fresh aggravation to the difficulties between the coowners."- Spectator, Dec. 1.
Macgregor, C., Lady. Life and opinions of Maj. Gen. Sir C: Metcalfe Macgregor. 2 v.
"Less known to the general public than many of his elder contemporaries, General Macgregor, who born in 1840, and who died in 1887, has left a bright name in the annals of India; and the story of his short yet crowded life deserves to be widely read. In many respects his character was distinctly original, to a greater extent than that of most men of mark, who are frequently much alike. He was upright and honest, a thorough soldier, an honorable gentleman, and a great public servant." Spectator, Nov. 24.
Martin, B: E. Old Chelsea; a summer-day's
stroll; illust. by Joseph Pennell.
"Mr. Martin has produced an interesting account of Old Chelsea, and he has been well seconded by his coadjutor, who brings before us some of the picturesque
"The best that has been hitherto written about him is either a polemical apology or an imperfect contempo rary study, and the worst as eumbrous and wrong. headed a book as ever was penned. Now at last, on the centenary of his birth, there appears what we have long wanted, a well-written life of Peel. The book is well done. The reader, perhaps, will hardly realize the pains needed to compress so much material into so few pages to deal with all the subjects of Peel's policy and reforms, and yet to be intelligible and entertaining upon each. It is greatly to the author's credit that he has so completely effaced all trace of the toil which must have gone to the review of topics so numerous and so complicated, and that in producing a bright and lucid account of some forty years brimful of political strife he has also portrayed through it all the man Peel himself— a living, recognisable, human fig. ure." J. A. Hamilton in the Academy, Nov. 10.
Muybridge, E. Animal locomotion; an electro
photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements, 1872-85; pub, under the auspices of the Univ. of Penn. [100 selected plates.] 1887.
Nisbet, H. The land of the hibiscus blossom; a
yarn of the Papuan Gulf.
"It may be read in good faith as a traveller's story, a book of marvels and adventures as exciting as any writ ten for boys. It may be a record of the writer's own experience of the Papuan paradise, or a study of the original and primitive man, or an oblique demonstration of the blessings of civilization. If you omit to read the preface, you read what purports to be a yarn.' If you read the preface, you find that the atrocities described appear to be based upon fact, despite the author's declaration that there are no such characters in existence as the scoundrels who figure in his vivid chronicle. Mr. Nisbet's pictures of Papuan life are wonderfully moving and impressive. His descriptions of the coast scenery, the big forests, the unknown riv ers, the mysterious caverns where gold is found waterwashed in natural rock-cradles, are all strangely imposing, and illustrated by his pencil with excellent effect here and there." Sat. rev., Nov. 24. O'Connell, D. Correspondence; ed., with notices of his life and times, by W. J. Fitzpatrick.
"Mr. Fitzpatrick has performed his duties as collector and editor in a manner extremely praiseworthy. A complete collection of all the letters, public and pri vate written from 1792 to 1847. Unfortunately, ow. ing to his unconquerable aversion to letter-writing,these volumes, even with the help of Mr. Fitzpatrick's historical notes, are very far from furnishing us with a com. plete picture of O'Connell's life in all its varied and manifold activity. Indispensable indeed, to the biogra pher, they are after all chiefly serviceable as enabling us to judge of events from O'Connell's own standpoint. Reading them we come to have a clearer notion of the man himself as distinct from the political agitator. So far as mere facts go, they add wonderfully little to our knowledge." — P. Dunlop in the Academy, Nov.17. Oxford University Bodleian Library. The Bod
leian Library, 1882-7; a report from the librarian, [E: W. B. Nicholson].
Payn, J. The mystery of Mirbridge. 2 v.
"Considerably below Mr. Payn's usual standard." -Sat. rev., July 21.
Peard, F. M.. His cousin Betty. 3 v.
"Should maintain her reputation as a writer of pleasant but not stimulating novels with a fair amount of well-ordered sentiment." — Athenæum, Mar. 10. Pember, G. H. Earth's earliest ages, and their connection with modern spiritualism and theosophy. 1884.
Royal Society of London. Krakatoa Committee. The eruption of Krakatoa, and subsequent phenomena; report of the committee; ed. by G. J. Symons.
"Most interesting record of a series of phenomena never before observed, never till now investigated." -Atheneum, Oct. 6.
"Its style is agreeable, readable,lively, never dull and never over-rhetorical. It is full of clear sketches of the ancient literature of the stars, and also shows a thor. ough acquaintance with astronomy as known in 1888. The illustrations are good."— Literary world, Jan. 5. Shaler, N. S. On the geology of the Cambrian district of Bristol Co., Mass.
Sharp, W: Life of Heinrich Heine. (Great wri
"Had it not been for some exceedingly silly flings' on matters as to which it was not necessary that he should pronounce at all, Mr. William Sharp might be said to have performed the task of writing a short life of Heine decidedly well. Yet after all he has done his best with the painful story. The goodness of ale,' said a very shrewd, though a very crotchety man, depends less on the person by whom it is brewed than on the material it is brewed of. The poetry of Heine is brewed of tears and fire, of sundawn and moonlight, of flowers and sea-foam, of rainbow-gold and heart's blood. Nor does it matter one jot whether he who brewed it was Jew or Christian, was thankless or grateful, was a punctual payer of scot and lot and an estimable family man or a Bohemian and a good-for-noth ing." Sat. rev., Dec. 8. Slade, D. D. On certain vacuities or deficiencies in the crania of mammalia.
Spelman, Sir H: History and fate of sacrilege;
ed., rev. and corr., with a continuation, etc.,
Stebbins, J. H. Catalogue of the collection of
Strachey, Sir J: India.
"It forms the most trustworthy record which has yet been given to the public of the momentous administra. tive changes by which the old India of the the Company has been silently, skilfully, and securely remodelled
into the new India of the Queen. In that deliberate revolution, probably the two most powerful, and certainly the most permanent, human factors have been the brothers Strachey. The book is the carefully elab. orated result of a course of lectures delivered by Sir John Strachey at Cambridge in 1884. In less than four hundred pages he has furnished an account at once comprehensive and exact of the India which he has seen, and of the measures in which he has played so im. portant a part.” — W. W. Hunter in the Academy, Dec. 8. Stranahan, Mrs. C. H. History of French painting; incl. an account of the French Academy of painting, its salons, schools of instruction, and regulations.
"A laborious and exhaustive compilation of the his tory of French painting, and contains a mine of inform. ation about art, artists, and art institutions, which is rendered available by a good index.” — Nation, Dec.13. Thomson, J: Descriptive catalogue of the library of Clarence H. Clark, Chestnut-wold, Phila. Vol. 1.
Thoth; a romance.
"Has imagination, delicacy, and finish, without much detail. There is illusion, mystery, unexpectedness - the staple, in a word, of true romance. Altogether, the book is one to read." - Athenæum, Aug. 4.
Upton, G: P. The standard symphonies; their
music, and their composers.
"Most useful handbook. Fifty-six symphonies, and thirteen symphonic poems are described in this extremely welcome little book." Dial, Jan.
Walford, I.. B. A stiff-necked generation. (Leis
ure hour ser.)
Wardrop, O. The kingdom of Georgia; notes of travel in a land of women, wine, and song; app. historical, literary, and political sketches, specimens of the national music, and a bibliography.
"He has much that is curious to tell of its history, traditions, superstitions, and of the manners of a semisavage people. He discusses its literature in detail, and devotes many pages of an appendix to what must be an almost exhaustive bibliography. Altogether, the volume gives an excellent idea of a country of which next to nothing is known in England." - Sat. rev., Dec. 1. Whiteing, R. The island; or, An adventure of a
person of quality.
"Rather a heavy sermon, and arraigns the entire system of modern civilization, political economy, and all. It is Carlyle mixed with milk and water. One pre fers Carlyle undiluted with pettiness, however charming, and romance untinctured with Carlyle, however softened and sweetened to the taste."- Nation, July 5. Wood, C: W. Letters from Majorca.
"A valuable and comprehensive guide. we get the best idea of Majorea's many fascinations from the numerous and excellent drawings. Turn to which of them we will, there is something that takes the fancy." Sat. rev., Dec. 1.
"An intolerably dull book. The letters contain singularly little information about the island." - Athenæum, Dec. 22.
Wood, H. F. The passenger from Scotland Yard.
"Seems to us superior to Matthew Arnold's volume of Selections' in judgment, though, of course, we miss some great favourites, and find not a few pieces which we could have well spared. It seems to include too many pieces disfigured by passages of such intrinsic weakness that they will repel those who do not already love Wordsworth. On the whole, however, this volume is a very worthy monument of the labours of the Wordsworth Society, and especially of its most active and able member."- Spectator, Dec. 29.