Slike stranica

prose stories have little to commend them, and are unworthy of the handsome form in which they appear in this volume." - Spectator, Dec. 20.

Hunter, Sir W: W. The Marquess of Dalhousie. (Rulers of India.)

Jacobus de Vitriaco, or Acconensis. The exempla ; or illustrative stories from [his] Sermones vulgares; ed., with introd., anal., and notes. by T: F. Crane. (Folk-lore Soc.)

"Edited, for the first time, with introduction, analy sis, and notes, by T. F. Crane, Prof. of the romance languages in Cornell University." Academy, Nov. 15. James, W: The principles of psychology. 2 v. (Amer. sci. ser. Adv. course.) Jay, J: Correspondence and public papers, 176381; ed. by H: P. Johnston. Vol. 1. Jefferson, J. Autobiography. Johnson, J: The defense of Charleston Harbor, including Fort Sumter, and the adjacent islands, 1863-65; with appendix, official reports, etc.

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"A most important military work, so interesting to military readers that we name it although it is not much in the way of the Athenæum.' It is by Major Johnson, who was directed by General Beauregard to prepare an official account of the siege while it was go ing on. The book is interesting as a mere record of war, but is of far higher importance as a contribution to the study of the art of war, for it has an essential bearing upon the question of fortification and land defence as against mere naval defence, and an indirect bearing upon the value of volunteer troops and on the question of blockade."— Athenæum, Jan. 10.

Jordan, F. Character as seen in body and parentage; with a chapter on education; career, morals, and progress. New ed. Karr, W. S. S. The Marquess Cornwallis. (Rulers of India.)

"Mr. Seton-Karr's account of the land laws of Bengal, and of Lord Cornwallis's reforms is,as might be expected from so distinguished a servant of the Indian Government, conscientions, interesting,and thoughtful." -Saturday review, Nov. 29.

Keeling, E. D'E. In thoughtland and in dreamland.

Kingscote, Mrs. G., and Sástrï, N., Pandit. Tales of the sun; or, Folklore of southern India. Leney, I. H. (Mrs. J. W. Russell). Shadowland in Ellan Vannin; or, Folk tales in the Isle of Man.

Lombard, J: Byzance.


"Unfortunately the author has set these sketches in the guise of fiction, and of course it is impossible to sep. arate her embellishments' from the original form as told to her." Saturday review, Sept. 6. Linton, Mrs. E. L. Sowing the wind. Lloyd, H: D. A strike of millionaires against miners; or, The story of Spring Valley; an open letter to the millionaires. (Our "bad wealth" ser.)

Après avoir ressuscité, dans l'Agonie,' la Rome du 3e siècle, il nous restitue le monde oriental du Se. Ce livre dramatique retrace les troubles des Iconoclastes, les lutte du Cirque entre Verts et Bleus dégénérant en factions dans l'empire, la reprise de Byzance par les Helladiques et les Sclavons sur les Isauriens d'Asie. Des scènes d'amour, des jalousies fratricides, des supplices qui dépassent l'imagination, des splendeurs à éblouir les yeux et à fatiguer le rêve, les pompes religieuses, les amollissantes délices de la cour byzantine, présentés en une large synthèse, montrent que le roman historique n'a pas encore dit son dernier mot." - Le livre, Aug.


Voyage à Paris en 1789 de Martin, faiseur de bas d'Avignon; avec introd. et notes par P. Charpenne.

"Martin prit soin de noter jour par jour toutes ses dépenses, et resuma à sa manière les événements auxquels il assista. Témoin de la prise de la Bastille, il nous a révélé quelques particularités ignorées. Il profita de son séjour à Paris pour jouir, au plus juste prix des plaisirs et distractions qu'offrait alors aux étrangers la capitale du royaume. Nous le voyons s'abonner aux bals du Ranelagh, hanter les Italiens et l'Ambigu, assister à Versailles aux séances de l'assemblée, et même au jeu de la reine. Ses comptes de dépense ne sont pas la partie la moins intéressante de son journal, puisqu'ils renseignent exactement sur le prix des denrées et choses usuelles à cette époque.' - Le livre, mai. Marvin, C: Training the trotting horse; a natural method of educating trotting colts and horses. 2d ed. Ed. by L. E. Macleod, Meredith, G: The case of General Ople and Lady Camper. Messiter, C: A.

Sport and adventures among the North-American Indians.

"Mr. Messiter had several brushes between 1862 and 1878 the limits of the narrative- both with the zoology and the noble red man of the region, and has told his tale with all the vivid effect of an experienced writer." Montel, A., and Lambert, L: Chants populaires. du Languedoc; avec la musique notée.


Moore, Rev. A. L. Lectures and papers on the history of the Reformation in England, and on the continent.

"An excellent book." - Saturday review, Dec. 6. Morris, W: News from Nowhere; or, An epoch

of rest; chapters from a Utopian romance. Morrison, A. C. A story; Damon and Pythias; a souvenir to the Knights of Pythias of the


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Newhall, C: S. The trees of northeastern America; with introd. note by N. L. Britton. "Admirably designed to help all who desire assistThe descriptions are terse, clear, explicit, and and relevant; the additional observations are brief, yet to the point. The drawings of foliage and fruit are very good indeed. Over one hundred kinds of trees are thus figured. His work is very superior in accuracy and clearness of statement to other popular works of similar design.' Sat. rev., Nov. 29. Norton, C: B: cago, 1893. Ouroussov, M., Princesse. Education from the cradle; tr. by Mrs. E. Fielding.


World's fairs: London, 1851-Chi

Parr, Mrs. L. Dumps.

"Capital reading, as are all Mrs. Parr's books, despite a too persistent use of the present tense."- Athenæum, Dec. 20.

Parsons, A. R. Parsifal; the finding of Christ through art; or, Richard Wagner as theologian.

"All the chief arguments are stated in Wagner's own words, and very crude and fanciful many of them are. Wagner preaching against primo-geniture is absurd. Where would he have been without the mad King of Bavaria? As to his religious views, we may concede that it is always difficult to define the religion of a ge wh se enthusiast enables him to carry out creative work and makes his moral yearnings less a creed than an emotion." Sat. rev., Oct. 11. Pickering, E: C:, and Wendell, O. C. Results of observations with the meridian photometer,


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"There is no introspection in these stories, no searching study of character, but there is some imaginative power and generous sympathy with all that is noble. Their merit, of course, varies; the romantic stories are much the best; but perhaps that which will be the most interesting to all will be "The parvenue,' in which under a very sufficient disguise, we find what we have long wished to find- proof of the irritation with which Mrs. Shelley regarded her father's habit of making incessant and, exorbitant demands on Shelley's pocket." - Athenæum, Jan. 3.

Soul shapes.

"A short time ago Mr. Francis Galton made some investigations as to the different ways in which people visualized such intangible things as the days of the week, months, numbers; and the result was that a great many curious habits of the mind were disclosed. My own peculiarity is seeing people's Souls in shapes and

colours; and in the hope of provoking comparison I have made coloured diagrams of some of these mental images. If I should seem to speak dogmatically on the subject of souls, I hope it will be remembered that my intention is merely to describe what they look like to me, and not in the least to assert what they are." Preface.

Starr, F. On the hills; a series of geological talks; illust.

Stirling, W:, subsequently Maxwell, Sir W: Stirling. Works. Vol. 1-4.

Stuart, J. M. How "No. 1" became "1 1-2" in Norway.

"Persistently funny, and almost invariably dull.". Sat. rev., Dec. 6.

Swedenborg, E. Spiritual diary; the record during 20 years of his supernatural experience; tr. by G: Bush and J. F. Buss. Vol. 4.


T., C. J. Folk-lore and legends; English.

"A good selection of English fairy stories has been made, and the volume is ushered in by an introductory 'Dissertation on fairies.' This is moderately good, though all mention is omitted of the delightful fairy poems of Herrick, Mennis, and the Duchess of Newcastle, and we fail to trace a single stanza from Drayton's 'Nymph idia."— Notes and queries, Jan. 20.

Tacitus, C. C. The reign of Tiberius, out of the

first six Annals; with his account of Germany, and Life of Agricola; tr. by T: Gordon; ed. by A. Galton.

"Gordon's translation of Tacitus is almost worthless. It is verbose and incorrect, faults which the editor, who prefixes a very foolish and pretentious essay, has been apparently unable to discover." - - Spectator, Dec. 27.

Teresa, St. Life of St. Teresa, of the order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; ed., with preface, by Card. H: E: Manning. 1882.

Thierry, G. A. La Savelli; roman passionnel

sous le Second Empire.

"Dans La Savelli'il a pris des libertés avec l'histoire. Il les rachetées par une minutieuse exactitude dans certaines peintures, notamment dans la description de l'ancien Conseil d'Etat. De tous les éléments qu'il a habilement mêlés, il a tiré un drame vigoureux, poignant, qui, par un 'crescendo' soutenu, atteint à un véritable comble d'émotion. Quelle pièce pour la Porte-Saint-Martin et quel rôle pour Sarah Bernhardt que cette Savelli! Est-ce vraiment un roman historique? Et d'abord les personnages mis en scène sont-ils définitivement entrés dans l'histoire? J'ai quelques doutes là-dessus. Mais, pendant que la critique discute, le public achète et dévore." - Rev. Pol. et lit., 13 sept.

Virgilius Maro, P. Opera; with introd. and

notes by A. Sidgwick. 2 v.

Eneydos; Englisht from the French Liure des eneydos, by W. Caxton, 1490 ed. by W. T. Culley and F. J. Furnival. (Early Eng.

Text Soc.)

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Woodward, C. M. Manual training in education (Contemp. sci. ser.)

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Abbott, Mrs. M.. The Beverleys; a story of Cal


Arundel Society. Chromolithographs. 1890. Christ among the doctors; from the fresco by Boccaccio Boccaccino in the Cathedral at Cremona; drawn by E. Kaiser.

- - - "The hunt;" after the fresco by Romanino in the Castle of Malpaga; from a water colour drawing by E: Kaiser.

Madonna and child enthroned; from the altarpiece by G. Bellini in the Frari Church, Venice; drawn by Signor Desideri.

Ball, W: P. Are the effects of use and disuse inherited? an examination of the view held by Spencer and Darwin. (Nature ser.) "This is an interesting little book, rather badly writ ten, and not made nearly so interesting as it might have been, had Mr. Ball discussed more fully the mental transmission or non-transmission of highly improved faculties,a subject on which he contents himself with general references to Mr. Francis Galton. Mr. Ball's position is that only those variations of physique and character which are born with a man are transmitted to his descendents, and that the Increment which he gains by careful use and practice is not so transmitted." Spectator, Nov. 1. Bangs, Lieut. I: Journal, Apr. 1-July 29, 1776; ed. by E: Bangs.

Bean, W: W. The Parliamentary representation of the six northern counties of England; Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Westmoreland, and Yorkshire, 1603-1886; with lists of members, and biog. notices.

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Bottone, S. R. Electro-motors; how made and how used; a handbook for amateurs and practical men.

Bourget, P. Un cœur de femme.

Un des maîtres reconnus du genre, aussi célèbre par sa critique psychologique que par sa psychologie descriptive." Le livre, août.

Brooks, P. The light of the world; and other sermons. 5th ser.

Brown, A. Genesis of the U.S.; the movement in England, 1605-16, which resulted in the plantation of N. A. by Englishmen, etc.; hist. mss. now first printed, with bibl. memoranda, notes, and biog. 2 v. Brugmann, K: Elements of the comparative grammar of the Indo-Germanic languages; concise exposition of the history of Sanskrit, old Iranian, etc. 2 v. 1888.

"A work which will long remain the indispensable text-book of the comparative grammarian. It is a monument of labour, sobriety, and research." - A. H. Sayce in the Academy, Nov. 22.

Campardon, E. Nouvelles pièces sur Molière, et sur quelques comédiens de sa troupe. 1876. Chamberlain, B. H. Things Japanese; notes on various subjects connected with Japan. "Though this book is the production of one of the most learned of Japanese scholars, it makes no preten. sion to be a work of scholarship. It is, indeed, in great measure a compilation of variorum' opinions on Japanese matters, the matters themselves often impor tant enough, but the notes upon them somewhat of the slightest. The book, however, is not intended for the scholar, but for the more intelligent general reader who wants to know something authentic about Japan.". Spectator, Dec. 6.

Bugbee, J. M. Memorials of the Massachusetts

Society of the Cincinnati.

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Church, W: C. Life of John Ericsson. 2 v.

"Few memoirs of great men who have distinguished themselves in pure or applied science have so many elements of interest as belong to the career of the famous Swede who spent fifty years of his life as a citizen of this country, and had the good fortune to do more for its salvation in the Civil War than any other private citizen. Mr. Church has done his work with great sympathy and high ability.” — Literary world, Jan. 31.

Coignet, Capt. J: R. Narrative, 1776-1850.; ed. by L. Larchey; tr. by Mrs. M. Carey. "Documents adding to the Napoleonic epopee must not be looked for in these annals of a soldier's career. It is from the author's personality that the narrative derives its charm. It is but a mere bird's-eye view of his campaigns that he has left us; yet this unsophisticated sketch pleases us more than a pretentious work, because we feel it to be replete with the true atmosphere of the epoch it deals with, and because the author has found the means to show us, more impressively perhaps than the trained historian would do, the causes of the greatness of that epoch." Nation, Jan. 22. Collis, Mrs. S. M. A woman's trip to Alaska; an account of a voyage through the inland seas of the Sitkan archipelago in 1890; illust. Curtin, J. Myths and folk-tales of the Russians,

western Slavs, and Magyars.

"The Western Slavic and Magyar tales are, so far as we know, new to English readers, and afford interesting material for comparison with the folk-tales of other lands. ... In the introduction, Mr. Curtin gives some very interesting American tales which throw much light upon the evolution of myths and folk-tales, and some account of the three peoples whose stories are translated in the text. The stories themselves are excellent, and, so far as we can judge, well translated." — Nation, Jan. 15.

Daudet, A. Port-Tarascon; dernières aventures

de l'illustre Tartarin; dessins de Bieler et [autres]. (Ed du Figaro.)

"It was nearly sure that M. Daudet having continued would finish; that he would, like Cervantes, and Addison, and Dumas, and other cruel creators kill off Tar. tarin. He has done it now, as the critical ones knew he would; and Tartarin (not wholly unworthy of their com pany) has gone to join Don Quixote, and Sir Roger, and Porthos. It is a painful thing, and the means which M. Daudet has taken to do it make it more painful still; though it must be admitted that they are consistent with the sterner features of the moral government of the universe." - Academy, Jan. 10.

Dreyer, J: L: E. Tycho Brahe; a picture of scientific life and work in the 16th century. "The author has neglected no source of information; he writes of his hero with admirable impartiality; and consults the needs of his more studious readers by providing an excellent index, and a very full list of biblio

graphical references. The book is set off besides with some particularly interesting illustrations, and the result of much painstaking and accurate research has been the production of a biography, not specially attractive in a purely literary sense, but of permanent value from the ample means it affords for the distinct realization of the character, surroundings and individual place in the history of astronomy of one of the greatest observers the world has seen." Sat. rev., Nov. 22.

Ebers, G: M. The elixir; and other tales; tr. by Mrs. E: H. Bell.

Euripides. Ion; with a tr. into English verse, introd., and notes by A. W. Verrall.


"Ion' offers a singular opening to a dramatic editor of Euripides; the gap has been occupied and filled by Dr. Verrall. For those who come after him there is on this side of his work little left undone or capable of being done better. It is less easy to estimate his success in metrical translation. Many passages are really beautiful; others, but not many, are weak. But the examination of detached passages, though it has its uses when you are weighing one man's version against another's, is of little value compared with a general view of the whole work. Now we have applied to Dr. Verrall's translation the sharpest test which can be applied to any translation. We have read it from beginning to end without looking at the Greek, and if we had not been at school, might have believed that we were reading an original English play. To say this is to pay Dr. Verrall nearly the greatest compliment which a translator can receive."- Sat. rev., Nov. 22.

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Guthrie, F. A. (pseud. F. Anstey). Voces populi; repr. from Punch.

"The humour of Mr. Anstey is so bright and facile, and at its best so genial in expression, there is not the slightest chance that it should fail in its appeal to those who have the gift or those who enjoy it in others. engages all and sundry, as with a quickening spirit, on the instant; and it has never made a happier show than in 'Voces populi.'"- Sat. rev., Oct. 18.

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even the most general reader or writer cannot fail to find food for thought' in examining a language which can be actually learned, even by a child or a savage, in one month, and which abounds in valuable suggestions of the art of condensing conversation." - Sat. rev., Sept. 27.

H., J. W. Alexander M. Mackay, pioneer mis

sionary of the Church Missionary Society to Uganda; by his sister.

Hale, H. An international idiom; manual of the Oregon trade language or Chinook jargon. "There is no student of philology or linguistics to whom this little volume will not be very interesting reading;

Hamley, Gen. Sir E: B. The war in the Crimea.

"A book of moderate dimensions in which all the essential points are dealt with, while the minute details supplied by Mr. Kinglake are excluded." - Athenæum, Nov. 29.

Harding, C. Sketch of, drawn by his own hand; ed. by M. E. White.

"He painted nearly all the celebrites of the day, and the volume gives many interesting glimpses of Randolph, Webster, Calhoun, and other contemporary statesmen. As a man, he must be thought to have been every way admirable and much beloved.... His 'Egotistography' will, we believe, always remain a work of great interest."- Nation, Jan. 22.


Hazlitt, W: C. Studies in jocular literature; a

popular subject more closely considered. (Book-lover's library.)

"The range of his field of sway is an extensive one, beginning with Greek anthologies and the 'Noctes Atticæ, and coming down to the last edition of Joe Miller.' Horn, Mrs. S. G. The next world; 56 communi

cations from historians, authors, etc., now in spirit-life.

Hosmer, J. K. Short history of Anglo-Saxon freedom, the polity of the English-speaking race outlined.

Hutton, L. Curiosities of the American stage.


"Contains five well-considered essays on the 'American play,' the American stage negro,' the 'American burlesque,' and A century of American Hamlets.' Although the author's attitude is not deliberately critical, he collects his many facts, and marshals his frequent anecdotes with a full sense of their relative value and importance."- Nation, Jan. 1.

Jebb, R: C. Erasmus; Rede lecture, Senate-Ho., June 11, 1890.

Kingston, W: B. A journalist's jottings. 2 v.

"Readers who crave for variety and the amusement of an idle hour, may find some exercise for their choice here; but the author's jottings, which probably served their purpose well before appearing in book form, cannot justly be said to merit republication." - Spectator,

Jan. 24.

Lang, A. The red fairy book; illust. A book

Ladd, G: T. Outlines of physiological psychology; a text-book of mental science for academies and colleges.

"Mr. Andrew Lang - 'who adorns whatever he touches, and who touches everything' has collected through a number of feminine hands, a second series of fairy tales.... The author's object has been to restore to children some of their dues, by recovering from various quarters old English tales which now, more than at any previous time, are in danger of being forgotten Acad. or being spoilt by literary embellishments."emy, Nov. 22.

Lange, H.. Higher education of women in Europe; tr. and accomp. by comparative statistics by L: R: Klemm. (Internat. educ. ser.)

Lavater, J: C. Essays on physiognomy; tr. by T: Holcroft. 2d ed.; illust.; added, 100 physiognomonical rules by L., and memoirs of [his] life. 1804. 3 v.

Linton, W: J. The masters of wood engraving.


"It will rank very near the head of its class in mechanical execution."-Nation, June 7, 1888.

Lockwood, H: C. Constitutional history of France; suppl. by trans. of the constitutions and constitutional laws, 1789-1889.

"He has shown commendable industry in compiling his narrative, and his translations, in the appendix, of constitutions and the constitutional laws of France from 1789-1889 make his book convenient for the student of French politics. But as a constitutional historian he commands little respect."- Literary world, 31 jan. Lockyer, J. N. The meteoritic hypothesis;

the results of a spectroscopic inquiry into the origin of cosmical systems.

"As a record of facts and references on every branch of celestial spectroscopy, if in no other way, the work may be of value both to the investigator and student. Our conclusion is, that if the reader of Mr. Lockyer's book would find it either instructive or valuable, he must first eliminate from it all arguments in favor of meteoric hypothesis, and remember that all we yet know about the physical constitution of nebulae can be condensed into a very few sentences."- Nation, Jan.1.

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MacVane, S. M. The working principles of political economy; for beginners. Mason, E: C. The veto power: its origin, development and function in the government of the U. S., 1789-1889; ed. by A. B. Hart. (Harv. hist. monographs.)


Mismer, C: Souvenirs de la Martinique et du Mexique pendant l'intervention française. "Histoire écrite à un point de vue tout personnel, sans doute, et tenant plus, dans sa forme anecdotique, de l'autobiographie que de la narration objective des événements. Les événements auxquels il a été mêlé et qu'il raconte tels qu'ils lui sont apparus sont important pour notre histoire, et les gens qu'il a cou doyés et qu'il portraiture valent qu'on ne néglige aucun croquis d'eux, pas même le plus humble, s'il a été fait d'après nature." Le livre, août. Mitchell, S. W. A psalm of deaths; and other

poems. Morris, L.

A vision of saints.

"Mr. Morris's new book of poems bears upon it the marks that stamp his previous compositions. We have again the same polished language, the same air of scholarly refinement as before; the fit words in fitting order that make his blank verse if not of the highest, yet very near it."

Murray, J. O. Francis Wayland. (Amer. religious leaders.) Mysteries of the Rosie Cross; or, History of that curious sect known as the Rosicrucians; with examples of their pretensions and claims as set forth in the writings of their leaders and disciples.

"In this book is summed up all that can be known concerning the unknowable, and to those whom such subjects interest it may be commended. It is at least readable, and it points the way to further exploration for those with inclination and leisure." Notes and queries, Dec. 20.

Nelson, H: L. The army of the U. S.; illust. by fac-simile plates from water colour drawings by H. A. Ogden. Nicolay, J: G:, and Hay, J:

Abraham Lincoln;

a history. 10 v. "The tone and key which will suit the fervor of a brief eulogy will not adapt itself to a history upon a

e plan. It is here, we think, that the authors have found their problem practically insoluble. The history suffers by the necessity of making the personality of one man dominant throughout the whole, and the biography suffers from the inexorable logic of events,' which will not brook the conclusion that but one wise and able man lived in so great an epoch. The epoch was too important, and the interest of the country in her foremost citizens is too great, to let any partial view stand for the history of the time. The thing chief. ly to be regretted is that Lincoln who needs no such belittling of others to stand as the central figure among his contemporaries, should have his memory thus linked to any wrong to them. This criticism applies only to what may be called Lincoln's personal relations to other men. The great current of events, both civil and mili tary, is pictured with vividness and with success. The standpoint of a writer must always affect his view, but in the general way of which we are now speaking, the estimate of events and of men, of campaigns and of generals, is fair and able." Nation.

Norris, W: E: Marcia; a novel.

"It is not easy to believe that it will be generally regarded as one whit less interesting than its predeces. sors: but the sturdiest sojourner in the old paths will admit that its interest is attained by the smallest possible expenditure of purely narrative material that is, the material of incident, which has an intrinsic attractiveness of its own, apart from its psychological value as indicative of character."- Academy, Jan. 3. Norton, C: L. Political Americanisms; a glossary of terms and phrases current at different periods in American politics.

Oliphant, Mrs. M. O. W. Kirsteen; the story of a Scotch family 70 years ago.


"A thoroughly interesting novel. Mrs. Oliphant has now been writing for very many years. Mrs. Margaret Maitland' was far from being a new book in the year of the first Exhibition, and yet her latest story has not only the qualities which are gained by such an experience, but the freshness, the vivacity, the intellectual fecundity of youth."- Spectator, Dec. 13.

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Painter, W: The palace of pleasure; being Eliz

abethan versions of Italian and French novels done into English; ed. by J. Jacobs. 3 v.

"Few can can claim any intimate knowledge of the work itself. The exceeding rarity and costliness of the original editions, and the difficulty of obtaining, even at almost prohibitive prices, copies of the only, till now, modern reprint, have rendered it practically inaccessi ble. But two of the hundred and one tales comprised in Painter's collection are at all extensively known, and they have necessarily been dragged into the light as a consequence of the interest felt in this century in the investigation of the sources from which Shakespeare derived the plots of his plays. The present edition is a reprint, page for page and line for line, of Hazelwood's printed directly from it, but revised in proof by the 1575 edition. For all practical purposes it will be found as desirable and valuable a possession as Hazelwood's edition." Athenæum, Apr. 4.


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