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The Roman Wall. By the Rev. J. Collingwood Bruce. (Longmans.)

—This huge volume has grown up from being a popular introduc-

tion to the works of other antiquaries, and it so far retains traces of its origin that it is perfectly intelligible to educated readers not specially skilled in antiquarian lore. Heaven defend us, however, from the other and more learned works, for this is a severe dose for the average mortal !

It contains a vast amount of certain knowledge, and a less quantity of theory, about all the Roman stations along the great wall which crossed Britain from the mouth of the Tyne to the Solway Firth, with numerous lithographic views and plans, and woodcuts innumerable. Not one in- scription seems to have escaped notice ; and the reader will find in these pages all that is known, and much that is merely conjectured, about the few noted and many obscure people who left their names upon the Roman wall or the settlements in its vicinity.