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CHARLES GEORGE LEWIS (8th S. iii. 325).-The death and burial-place being the subject of a communication to 'N. & Q.,' the following paragraph from the Athenæum of June 26, 1880, is an appropriate accompaniment thereto :
"We may record the death of Mr. Charles George Lewis, the well-known engraver, on the 16th inst., in the seventy-third year of his age. He was a son of Mr. F. C. Lewis, and his pupil in art, a brother of the late J. F. Lewis, R.A. Many of his better known works are reproductions of Landseer's pictures; of these the list is considerable, and includes the names of To-ho! 'published in 1830, The Cat's Paw,' 1846, 'Islay, Macaw, and Love Birds, 'Breeze,' 'Shoeing," The Otter Hunt,' A Cover Hack.' He engraved Mr. F. Tayler's 'Highland Larder.' EVERARD HOME COLEMAN.
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English Folk-Rhymes. By G. F. Northall. (Kegan
especially in regard to certain subjects,-atmospheric
AUTHORS OF QUOTATIONS WANTED (8th S. iii. There is naturally in these a good deal of repetition, 349).Woman's faith and woman's trust, &c. Song of Vidal the Minstrel, in 'The Betrothed,' chap. xx. C. F. S. WARren, M.A.
An Historical Sketch of Bookbinding. By G. T. Prideaux. (Lawrence & Bullen).
INTEREST in bindings, early, rare, historical, or precious, mounts as interest in books, with the exception of the rarest, declines. While the price of an average incunable is in many cases lower now than fifty years ago, that of the binding of a Grolier or a Diane de Poitiers volume has steadily risen, until such now rank as costly gems. Books on bindings multiply accordingly with rapidity. Among recent productions on the subject few are likely to be of more utility than the volume of Mr. Prideaux, issued in attractive guise by Messrs. Lawrence & Bullen. The basis of the work is found in the author's introduction to the catalogue of the marvellously interesting exhibition of bookbindings held a couple of years ago at the Burlington Fine-Arts Club. To the matter then obtained and subsequently enlarged much matter of importance has been added, including a chapter on early stamped bindings by Mr. Gordon Duff. As a record of the progress of the binder's art the volume is excellent, the survey afforded being comprehensive and luminous. About half is occupied with an historical sketch of bookbinding from its beginning to the present century. A bibliography of works relating to binding, in which naturally N. & Q.' conspicuously figures, brings the whole to a close. Separate chapters are on " Embroidered Book-covers," "The Use of Metal in Bound Books," and "Book-Edge Decoration.' An account of "Early Documents relating to the Art" is also given, and there is a
When Caradon's capped and St. Cleer hooded
While in Yorkshire,—
When Eston nabbe puts on a cloake,
Then all the folks on Cleveland's clay
The sufficiently obvious rhyme between people and steeple, and the number of parish steeples, furnish much opportunity for local wit, which is not seldom ill-natured. In the case of the village of Ugley, in Essex, it was perhaps inevitable that we should hear of
Ugly church, ugly steeple,
It is less obvious why we should have
or why, in Lancashire, we read of
Proud Ashton, poor people,
Ten bells, and an old crackt steeple.
What hast thou to boast on?
And shoals that souls are lost on.
Familiar enough are these things to our readers, since not a few of this class have passed through these pages, to which, perhaps, they owe their escape from oblivion. Folk-rhymes follow on history, book mottoes, superstitions, customs, games, weather, what not, much of it familiar, but all contributing agreeable reading. Thanks to the authorities which Mr. Northall supplies, each saying and explanation can be verified. Between five and six hundred handsome pages are crammed with matter of undying interest to the folk-lorist.
Book-Plates. By W. J. Hardy, F.S.A. (Kegan Paul
Book-Plates' by a writer of authority, whose attention has long been fixed upon this now popular study. Mr. Hardy's father, the late Sir William Hardy, was a collector of book-plates before the pursuit was common. A taste for a study equally dear to the antiquary, the
genealogist, the herald, and the lover of books is thus inherited. Mr. Hardy has also had exceptional advantages, the fine collection of Mr. A. W. Franke, C.B., being at his disposal for study or reproduction. Many of the deeply interesting plates, facsimiles of which are given, are from that source. The chapters he devotes to English book-plates Mr. Hardy assigns to the history, to the earliest use, to "styles" of plates, and to allegory on book-plates, a more moderate use of which has been made in England than in other continental countries. Invaluable hints are supplied as to the way in which book-plates are to be mounted and arranged. Chapters are also assigned to German, French, American, and other plates, as well as to matters bearing on the subject. Among the numerous designs reproduced are the bookplate of Richard Towneley, 1702, which serves as a frontispiece; that of Sir Thomas Tresham, 1585; that, by Albert Dürer, of Ebner, 1516; and many later works by engravers from Faithorne to artists still flourishing. Not easily exhaustible, either in interest or value, is this pleasantly written and authoritative volume.
Angelica Kauffman: a Biography. By Frances A. Gerard. (Ward & Downey.)
A SECOND edition of Miss Gerard's life of Angelica Kauffman has followed with no long delay the appearance of the first. The earlier work, the first life of the artist to appear in England, accumulated much curious and valuable information, and extorted general eulogy. Inexhaustible in enthusiasm and indefatigable in effort, Miss Gerard has revised, and to a considerable extent rewritten, her work, enriching it with appendices which bring the information up to date. For much of the information now first given she is indebted to contributors to N. & Q.,' to whom she made appeal through these columns. Fine illustrations, consisting of portraits of Angelica at various ages, of Sir Joshua Reynolds and others, add to the attraction of a well-written and painstaking work. So much fiction has been interwoven with the account of this woman-a Royal Academician before she was thirty-that it is important to have an authoritative statement. At No. 20, St. James's Square are, as Miss Gerard states, some beautiful allegorical designs by Angelica. It may be well to chronicle the fact that the preservation of these is fortunate, the ceiling of the next room having been wrecked in the famous explosion
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The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Edited by Edward Dowden. Vols. VI. and VII. (Bell & Sons.)
PROF. DOWDEN's delightful edition of Wordsworth is now completed, the two concluding volumes giving the various portions of the Excursion,' Wordsworth's notes are preserved, and new and valuable notes are added by the editor. There are, moreover, important appendices, a bibliography, a chronological table, an index of titles, and a second of first lines. With these we must be content until the desired concordance appears. By far the handiest and most desirable edition for the student is here supplied.
Record Series. Vol. XIII.-The Coucher Book of Selby. Vol. II. Edited by Rev. J. T. Fowler. (Yorkshire Archæological and Topographical Association.) IT seems but a very short time since we had the pleasure of noticing the first volume of this important record (August 1st, 1891). We congratulate Mr. Fowler on the speed with which he has worked at a task which must be wearisome to the moet ardent antiquary, for we do not find from the first page to the last any signs of carelessness. The estates of the great Abbey of Selby were widely scattered. It had considerable pro
perty in Lincolnshire, notably at Stallingborough and in the Isle of Axholme. As the editor points out, the Isle of Axholme charters here given are specially noteworthy as containing information regarding the fisheries and drainage works in that then swampy land.
The index is of value, not only as a means of reference to the text of the volume, but also because it furnishes a catalogue of many highly curious names of places and of persons. Names of places such as Andrewbarnland and Celrermar are not difficult of interpretation, but Hildalawang, Litlepreise weland, Batelistetwaite, and many others are not a little puzzling. The architectural description of the church communicated by Mr. C. C. Hodges adds to the interest of the volume. Mr. Hodges bears strong testimony that it has not been Reformers and Puritans only who have mutilated the interesting objects of our old churches. For them misdirected religious zeal may be pleaded in mitigation, but what is to be said on behalf of the church authori ties who in the beginning of this century were wont to permit idle boys to knock pieces of alabaster off from the magnificent altar-tomb of Lord D'Arcy and Meinell whenever they felt moved to do so?
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