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AMERICAN NOTES ON BOOK COLLECTING' begins in the February number of the Journal of the Ex-Libris Society. As yet there are few American collectors and no dealers. Signs are not wanting, however, that this state of affairs will be altered. The editor deals with Mr. John Vinycomb under Modern Book-plate Designers. Among plates of Vinycomb's execution which are reproduced is that of Mr. Walter Besant. Designs from the recently published works of Mr. Walter Hamilton and Mr. Egerton Castle are also reproduced.
MR. J. M. CowPER, St. Mildred's, Canterbury, proposes to issue to one hundred subscribers the second series of Canterbury Marriage Licences,' 1619 to 1660. The volume will, it is expected, extend to seven hundred and fifty to eight hundred pages, and will include about ten thousand entries. The work, which will be confined to a hundred and eight copies, is ready for the press.
interest of art, which he thinks likely to suffer, not of THE publications of Messrs. Cassell lead off with religion, which he holds invulnerable. M. Dumas treats Thornbury and Walford's Old and New London, Part the entire subject in his customary vein of cultivated LXV., which is wholly occupied with Lambeth. The and somewhat cynical banter. Some Unpublished Palace, of course, claims a fair amount of space. AstLetters of Heine' are very interesting, and throw a light ley's Amphitheatre and St. Thomas's Hospital are also upon the domestic career and the sufferings of a strange, depicted, as are the old Coburg Theatre and Astley's mystical, profoundly interesting, and poetical indivi- Riding School. The most interesting pictures are of duality. M. Paul Bourget states what are The Limits spots which have long disappeared.-Part XXV. of of Realism in Fiction.' Lady Jeune undertakes, let us The Life and Times of Queen Victoria completes the hope in fun, the Defence of the Crinoline,' and Mrs. work, to which it supplies title-page to vol. ii., index, &c. Simpson has some pleasant gossip entitled In the Early-Part XXV. of Cassell's Storehouse of Information, Forties.'-A very noble portrait of Tennyson is repro- "Friction" 66 to Geography," has a coloured map of duced in the Century, and is accompanied by a short Paris and its environs. account of an interview with him. 'An Embassy to Provence,' by Mr. Thomas A. Janvier, is good, but, in a sense, disappointing. We want further descriptions of the spots visited, while the illustrations are only enough to give, and not to satisfy an appetite. Stray Leaves from a Whaleman's Log' depicts some "hair-breadth 'scapes" and some serious disasters in the chase. The pictures are, indeed, very striking, and the letterpress is not less stimulating. An Art Impetus in Turkey' is rather startling to the general reader, educated to believe in Turkish ignorance and prejudice. The Imperial Museum in Constantinople seems, however, to possess some genuine treasures. Life in the Malay Peninsula is bright and interesting. The Autobiography of Salvini' is continued.-'From Venice to the Gross-Venediger,' in Scribner's, is a pleasant account of travel among the Dolomites, and has some effective illustrations. Not less attractive, in either pictorial or literary respects, is From Spanish Light to Moorish Shadow.' The Florentine Artist' has also some excellent designs. The Marquis de Chambrun sends some Personal Recollections of Charles Sumner.' Impres sions of a Decorator in Rome' is concluded.-Mr. Saintsbury contributes to Macmillan's an excellent paper on Landor, who, he holds, was, "at his very best, and taken in not too large quantities," the " equal of all but the greatest, perhaps of the greatest." Mr. Cecil Smith depicts The Ruins of Persepolis,' and the Rev. Canon Atkinson_writes whimsically concerning his belief in ghosts.-In Temple Bar, 'A Chat with Dr. Nansen' gives a capital idea of the young Norwegian explorer and enthusiast and his surroundings. So interesting is an account of 'The Campaign of Waterloo,' we should like a separate reprint, with maps, &c. The opinion pronounced is, of course, wholly condemnatory of Grouchy. A Packet of Old Letters' gives some pleasing reminiscences of the last century.-To the Gentleman's Mr. George Whale sends 'Round the Town with Dr. Johnson'; Mr. D. Wynn Williams, Chalcis, and what we saw Therein. Mr. W. Wheater's Puritans and Play Actors' gives an account of the establishment of the grubby little Leeds Theatre in Hunslet Lane. Cleansing the Black River' describes the means for freeing the Thames from the worst part of London sewage. The English Illustrated has a portrait of Mr. John Morley, accompanied by a life by Mr. H. W. Lucy. Oriental Types of Beauty' and 'Scottish Castles and Residences of Mary, Queen of Scots' are both good and well-illustrated contributions.-Mr. Grant Allen sends to Longman's an account of Unsuspected Englishmen,' showing that names such as Louis, Alphonse, and the like, which we regard as characteristically French, are practically of remote English origin. The Origin of Flowers,' by Mr. Kidd, repays perusal.- Nature Studies,' by a Son of the Marshes, which we have read in the Cornhill, would please us better were the writer less anxious for the capture and destruction of some of the beautiful things he describes. Under the head Famous Poets' Miss (?) Charlotte A. Price deals, in Belgravia, with Lord Byron.
THE Secretary of the Launceston Historical and issued an appeal in aid of a fund of 150l. which it is Scientific Society (Mr. Otho B. Peter, A.R.I.B.A.) has desired to raise in order to purchase, excavate, and fence Launceston. Its ruin has for centuries been complete, the site of the long-destroyed Augustinian Priory at but some very interesting discoveries have been made upon the site within the past few weeks.
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