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See also 'Acta Sanctorum,' Mart., t. i. pp. 386–9, illustration-chrysanthemums, butterflies, cranes, fish, De S. Gerasino Abbate"; and Menolog. Graec.,' flowers, dancers, bamboos, &c. Many quaint historical pars. iii. tom. i., Urbini, 1728.

and mythical legends are presented, some of them of ED. MARSHALL.

great antiquity. We can only profess our admiration for

a volume to deal adequately with which would test the No such name occurs in Potthast's list (Biblio- sources of information even of. N. & Q.' theca Hist. Medii Ævi'); Gracilianus and Gratianus Epistola de insulis nouiter repertis. Photo-lithograph are to be found there (Suppl., p. 216). If the

of the Latin Translation of Columbus's Letter to original will be in existence it may clear up the

Sapxis. Edited, with Introductory Note, by E. W. B.

Nicholson, M.A., Bodley's Librarian. (Oxford, Clarendifficulty. I suspect an error on the part of the don Press; London, Quaritch.) copyist.

K. P. D. E. Caxton's Advertisement. Photo - lithograph. Edited,

with Introductory Note, by the same. (Same pubProbably meant for Grasianus, i. e., Gracianus

lishers.) or Gratianus, martyr of Amiens (October 23), or We have here two out of the first four of a series of his namesake the Bishop of Tours (Dec. 18). “ Bodleian_Facsimile Reprints," in course of being

L. L. K.

issued by Bodley's Librarian, from extremely rare and sometimes unique copies of the originals now in the

great Oxford library. The Epistola is that in which Miscellaneous.

Columbus announced to Raphael Sanxis, Treasurer of NOTES ON BOOKS, &c.

Aragon, the nature of his discovery of the island called Old Mortality. By Sir Walter Scott, Bart. With Intro- by the “Indi” Guanahanin, and of other islands, and of ductory Essay and Notes by Andrew

Lang. (Nimmo.) what be believed to be a continent, a province of ChaIN beginning with old Mortality. the Tales of my tai;” It is dated from Lisbon, the day before the Ides Landlord" series of the "Waverley Novels" the " Border" of March, and was translated into Latin from the Spanish edition departs from the well-known forty-eight volumes original by Aleandro de Coeco, “ nobilis ac literatus vir." series

it 80 admirably replaces. In that The Black Curiously enough, Columbus, though actually writing off Dwarf' comes first. This is now relegated to a later the Azores, seems to bave dated both this letter and place, and vols. ix. and y, are wholly occupied with another written on the same day from Lisbon. what Mr. Lang is inclined to consider Scott's greatest the only two copies known, exceedingly brief though it

Caxton's · Advertisement,' reproduced from one of historical novel. We are scarcely disposed to assign it 80 high a place. It supplies a brilliant picture of the be, bas a special interest for students of the history of hard-headedness, the fanaticism, and the intractability printing, while appealing also to liturgiologists from its of the Covenanters, and its sketches of Claverhouse, reference to the "Þye," and to commemorations of the Bothwell, Balfour of Burley, and otbers, have a mar.

“Salisburi use"- viz., the use of the illustrious Church vellous vitality. Morton is, however, perhaps the most of Sarum, the dominant use of mediæval England. uninteresting and pedantic of Scott's heroes, and Edith Notts and Derbyshire Notes and Queries. Nos. 1 and 2. Bellenden is one of the least sympathetic of his heroines. Edited by J. Potter Briecoe and John Ward. (Derby, So dull and conscientious a dog, indeed, is Morton, that Leicester, and Nottingham, Frank Murray; London, bis happy escape from the constant dangers he encounters Marshall Brothers.) causes a feeling not far removed from grudging. Lord Here we have yet another offshoot of the great parent Evandale, also, is rather a milksop. It requires, indeed, stem of .N. & Q.,' wbich is to devote its energies to all one's faith' in the greatest of novelists to reconcile collecting many a wise saw and modern instance and to one to the hyper-sentimental conversation of these pero rescuing many a dying and half-forgotten local custom sonages. Scott bad, however, hampered himself by within the neighbouring counties of Nottingham and writing against his sympathies. However weak in parts, Derby: The editors are both well known in connexion moreover, may be his work, it is immeasurably better with their respective counties, and their combination on than any novel from other pens that comes in contrast the title-page of our new contemporary speaks well for or competition with it. We have sometimes wondered its probabilities of success. Dr. J. C. Cox, too, lends the if it were the timidity begotten of Scott's legal training aid of his pen, erstwhile familiar in the sbires and well that tempts him so often to make his heroes casuits known in the Dukery. instead of men of action. Mr. Lang's comments and Mr. Ward deservedly draws attention to an interesting notes remain delightful, and the illustrations are perhaps old Derby mansion, known as Babington House, though the best that have yet been supplied. The etchings of it is not the house in wbich_Mary, Queen of Scote, Bothwell Bridge, of Morton waiting death, and othere, rested in 1585 on her way to Tutbury, and it seems to by Mr. Gow, Mr. Bough, R.S.A., Mr. McWbirter, A.R.A., have been built by a local family of note, the Mellors. and other artists, are quite excellent. The entira edition of Babington Hall, the home of the Babingtons, where merits the utmost praise.

Mary did rest, some panels carved with the family The Book of Delightful and Strange Designs. By Andrew rebus, the baboon and tun, are given from the originale, W.Tuer. (Leadenhall Press.)

now in the possession of the Rev. C. Kerry. We cannot quote in extenso Mr. Tuer's long and quaint Queen Eleanor, and doubts the tradition that the first of

Mr. Stapleton writes on Harby and the death of title-page, in which, announcing himself calmly as one " who knows nothing at all about it," be introduces a

the famous memorial crosses was erected at the place of hundred facsimile illustrations of the art of the Japanese the queen's death. 'Tis a pity, perhaps, but painstaking stencil cutter. The first edition, the number of which investigation seems to have robbed Harby of its Eleanor is limited, contains a rich and very beautiful Japanese stencil-plate. Mr. Tuer's introduction, a very instructive The paper most interesting to the general reader in and edifying piece of work to those, like ourselves, with the Fortnightly is that of Mr. W. Basil Worsfield on no knowledge of the subject, is printed in English, Ger: Dutch Society in Java.' Life in this important Dutch man, and French. The designs, many of which are of colony seems not less picturesque than free and easy, singular beauty, present the common subjects of Japanese and the costumes adopted by both sexes must be of the

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