15 JULY 1893, Page 26

„Essex : Highways, Byways, and Waterways. Second Series. Written and

illustrated by C. R. B. Barrett. (Lawrence and Bullen.)— " In the first series," writes Mr. Barrett, " I dealt mainly with boroughs and small towns. Now I go among the villages and visit the manor-houses." Of the last there are some fine specimens, both well preserved and in ruins, and Mr. Barrett's descriptions and drawings of these make the most interesting por- tion of his book. But all is interesting. Why should not the author give us the substance of these two admirable volumes of his in a convenient handbook P