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Haven, where JAYDEE will do well to dedicate a mentioned in the Oxfordshire Domesday.” The more day to them on his way to or from the World's the Conqueror's great survey is studied the more know

ledge is evolved therefrom. As time goes on we feel Fair in Chicago. Appleton's • American Bio- that there is no single work which has come down to us graphy'gives a good account of his career. from the Middle Ages which is so replete with know

JAMES D. BOTLER. ledge. The author has given a catalogue of Domesday Madison, Wis., U.S.

places and their holders. This is succeeded by a list of pre-Conquest landowners which is of singular interest

for those who wish to ascertain all that is knowable Miscellaneous.

regarding the English landowners during the last days of

the old national monarchy. Two Alnods appear in this NOTES ON BOOKS, &c.

catalogue; can either of them be that Elnoth who is the

first recorded ancestor of the great bouse of Berkeley ? Captain Cook's Journal during his First Voyage Round The list of Domesday sub-tenants is a short one; there

the World. Edited by Capt. W. J. L. Wharton, R.N., were far fewer of these in Oxfordshire than in CamF.R.S. (Stock.)

bridge, York, or Lincoln. We trust that this little tract In most readers the information that they have not may pave the way to an exhaustive analysis of the always possessed the original text of Cook's famous first great Norman survey. voyage will beget some astonishment. What has passed as such is, we are told, the joint production of Cook, Mr. Scottish Ballad Poetry. (Glasgow, Hodge & Co.) (afterwards Sir Joseph) Banks, Dr. Solander, and Dr. To the “Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets ”'has Hawkesworth. Cook's own journal is in triplicate. One been added a collection of Scottish ballads, edited with of the copies was for many years in the possession of a critical introduction, giving a full and an interesting our old friend and contributor, F. W. Cosens, and at the account of ballad literature. A large number of beautiful sale of his books, in 1890, after his death, came into those and characteristic ballads are crowded into a shapely of Mr. Jobn Corner, an enthusiastic admirer of Cook. and handy volume, and are accompanied by explanations Arrangements were at once made to print it. These, and annotations. To those who are not fortunate enough though interrupted by the sudden death of the new to possess Prof. Cbild's noble and all but exhaustive owner of the MS., have been resumed in a pious spirit by collection this volume may be warmly commended. his son, the result being the goodly and interesting volume before us. To Capt. Wharton has been entrusted The Fall of Adam. By Rev. S. S. Magutb, LL.D. the editorial responsibility, and the proceeds of the sale (Digby, Long & Co.) will be devoted to the restoration of Henderwell Church, Dr. Maruth has written a big book, 897 pages of the the parish church of Staithes, whence Cook ran away to largest octavo, and as speculative as it is big. He is not sea." The MS. has been collated with others in the a theologian, but a prophetes. He claims to be the possession of Her Majesty and of the Admiralty. 80 mouthpiece of a controlling and divine power which much information as this is supplied in the preface. has made him the medium of a new revelation as to The remaining contents are, of course, written in Cook's the true nature of the fall of Edenic man.' That it simple, nervous style, and are printed with strict obser- is considered an inexplicable mystery is due solely, it vance of his etymology and his views as to the use of appears," to the spiritual incapacity of all past and capitals. Editions of Cook's travels are to be found in all present theologians ” (vol. i. p. 20); Dr. Maguth, being libraries, and a bibliography of them would occupy many better endowed, knows all about it, and this is his ex

When Adam was created the earth was pages of N. & Q.' The present edition will commend planation, itself to most, not only on account of its beauty and its already peopled with a race of " carnivorous antbroillustrations, but as giving the ipsissima verba of the pomorphous mammals," superior to the ape, but inferior great hero and martyr.

“ This is the true talisman which resolves all

our Biblical difficulties." With these inserior beings the The Poetical Works of John Gay. Edited by John new race was forbidden to intermarry. In fact, the Underbill. (Lawrence & Bullen.)

Preadamite was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. To the exquisite serios known as the “Muses' Library, He is also identical with the caveman, and he survives in the prettiest edition of the select poets that has yet the savage of Terra del Fuego. Among these Preadamites appeared, Messrs. Lawrence & Bullen have added an there was one tribe whose totem was a serpent, and edition of Gay. Though far less interesting, both as poetits chief, a very crafty and ill-conditioned creature, and as individual, than Marvell and Herrick, bis prede- was known as “ The Serpent.”. This pithecoid savage consors in the series, Gay has many claims upon attention. seduced our first mother into evil ways, and thence came His poems, with the exception of the fables, have sub- all our woe. In short, the fall of Edenic man consisted sided into something not far removed from oblivion, and in his carnal union with anthropomorphous animals. one is glad to glance through them again. If anything The result was a hybrid race of men, partaking of the would tempt one to study afresh Gay's sparkling lines characteristic nature of each type of progenitor-some and elegant or quaint antitheses, it would be the chance reverting more decidedly to the one ancestral strain, and of reading them in so delightful an edition, and the some to the other. Evil, in consequence, is only the pleasure of perusing Mr. Underbill's admirable biography resultant of natural law. Does Dr. Maguth seriously of the poet and his even more admirable disquisition on think that bis elaborate and highly conjectural theory bis work. The notes are few and to the point.

would allay the doubts of the sceptical cobbler, whose

obstinate questioninge, he tells us, first set him forward Notes on the Oxfordshire Domesday. (Oxford, 116, High on this investigation?' We would wager on his persistent Street; London, Frowde.)

incredulity. The author of this interesting pamphlet withholds bis name, though the letters J. L. G. M. at the end of bis The Descent of Charlotle Compton, Baroness Ferrers de short preface do not leave Oxford men in any doubt as Charlley. By Isabella G. C. Clifford. (Methuen & to the person to whom we are indebted for this laborious

Co.) and accurate compilation. The main object of the work THERE are a few books relating to genealogy wherein, is to "afford an exact means of identifying the places along with names and dates, wills, and Ing. p.m., we

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have a running stream of porsonal details—gossip, if ance of the clergy, the absence of any real middle class, you will—which renders them simply charming. We and the degradation of the Borfs. Its sovereigns, more have nover understood why the ordinary writers of over, for the most part were wanting in capacity and family history make their pages somewhat duller than energy. the 'Introduction to Algebra' of the late Mr. Bonny. castle. That the fact is so admits of no doubt, and the The Princely Chandos. By J. R. Robinson, (Sampson result has been that a most absurd prejudice has grown

Low & Co.) up in certain quarters against all genealogical pursuits THE PRINCELY CHANDOS” was John Brydges, the first whatsoever.

duke, who is now best remembered as having been There are a fow exceptions to a rule but too general. satirized-maligned, some say-by Pope in his Moral Smyth's Lives of the Berkeleys'is far more pleasant Essays' under the character of Timon, though the

poet reading than many a modern romance, and we know no

himself never admitted the truth of the impeachment. volumes we more love to linger over than Earl Craw. The" Timon's Villa" there referred to as a monument ford's 'Lives of the Lindsaya.' The volume before us

of tasteloss extravagance was the famous country-house is another and a most favourable example of this very

at Canons, which was the marvel of the time. Its shortlimited class. Charlotte Compton, Baroness Ferrers of lived magnificence came to an ond in 1747, when the Chartley, was one of the most highly descended women

house was pulled down and its treasures dispersed by in England. It is very pleasant, in these dull, prosaic auction. Mr. Robinson champions his hero

against the days, to find her great-granddaughterrecurring lovingly charge, which has often been levelled at him, that he to the memory of her charming ancestress. We have rose to fortune through his poculations in the office of but one fault to find, but that is å grave one. The book Paymaster-General under

Marlborough. Any laches he is much too short.' The authorees has the faculty of may have been guilty of, it is maintained, was part of a literary expression; why, therefore, has she confined her recognized system, and the fault of the age. Mr. Robinself within limits so very narrow? Spencer Compton, son's style is disfigured by some faults of taste, e. 9., in Earl of Northampton, who fell at Hopton Heath, is well speaking of Pope more than once as "the note of interworthy of an extended biography. We do not think rogation.” On p. 168 “minimus” is a misreading of that his descendant mentions the letter he wrote to his novimus; and that "Castos Rostolorum” is to be found countess from York in 1642. At the time of writing he on the duke's tomb (p. 208) we more than doubt. Morswas in attendance on the king and evidently in good over, the illustration at p. 228 which purports to be the spirits, little anticipating the years of misory and blood.

Railing in New College, Oxford ” (said to have been shed that were to follow. The light-hearted postecript removed from Canons), labours under the defect of showis very touching : “My blessing to the children. I will ing no railing whatever. not be unmindful of James's business. Kiss my wenches, and take care your cock-horses be not appointed for the THE 'Handbook to Hastings' was published in 1845, militia,"

and was one of the earliest attempts to improve upon the

meagre and misleading “guides" with which most waterEpochs of Indian History.—Ancient India. By Romesh ing-places were content. Several editions were published

Chunder Dutt. (Longmans & Co.) T818 is the

first of a series of " Epoche of Indian His at intervale, and the author (Miss M. M. Howard, the tory." It is a summary of the history of ancient India, books) prepared an abridged edition, which was still in

accomplished writer of Brampton Rectory' and other of the Hindu sovereignties which eventually were con- MS, at the time of her death, in January last. The work quered by the Mohammedans. It is a remarkable little has been revised for the press by Mr. E. 8. Marsball

, volume, and contains a store of information. A thing and will be published shortly by Mr. E. Stanford. worthy of note is that the author is himself a Hindu, well known to all who take an interest in the progress of our Indian Empire and in that branch of its administration wbich, in the education of the people, is building up the

Notices to Correspondents. most enduring and beneficial monument of Imperial

We must call special attention to the following roticas: government. Considering how important it is that every. thing connected with the history of the millions who have

On all communications must be written the name and come under our sway should be known, we can heartily address of the sender, not necessarily for publication, but commend this valuable volume to the notice of our as a guarantee of good faith. roaders. If the following histories of each epoch prove We cannot undertake to answer queries privately, as excellent as the first, they will form a treasure of To secure insertion of communications correspondents concentrated information and most useful guides to must observe the following rule. Let each note; query, students of Indian history.

or reply be writton on a separate slip of paper, with the

signature of the writer and such address as he wishes to Poland. By W. R. Morfill, M.A. (Fisher Unwin.)

appear. Correspondents who repeat queries are requested It was fitting that the same hand which dealt with to head the second communication "Duplicate." Russia in "The Story of the Nations " should also

W. M. H. ("Dealer_in Odd Volumes ").- George, undertake the history of Poland. Slavonic scholars, indeed, are not so numerous amongst us as to admit of second-hand bookseller, Whitechapel Road, B. much choice in the matter. Mr. Morfill gives a careful ERRATA.-P. 229, col. 1, l. 39, for “gibbosus " read and impartial sketch of this unfortunate country, the gibbus ; p. 370, col. 1, foot-note, for “twelve-foot” read true “ Niobe of the nations,” eschewing political bias, twelve-inch. but basing his account on native authorities. In addi. tion to the historic review of the Polish nationality from

Editorial Communications should be addressed to" The its rise under Mieczyslaw I. in 963 to its final dismem. Editor of Notes and Queries '"-Advertisements and berment in 1795, he supplies an able résumé of Polish Business Letters to “ The Publisher"-at the Office, litorature and a chapter on the social conditions of the Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane, E.C. people, past and present. Amongst the causes which led We beg leave to state that we decline to return comto the downfall of this ancient nationality he enumerates munications which, for any reason, we do not print; and the want of patriotism among its nobility, the intoler to this rule we can make no exception.

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