18 OCTOBER 1873, Page 23

Holiday Letters from Athens, Cairo, and Weimar. By M. Betham-

Edwards. (Strahan.)—These are very slight, but pleasant sketches of foreign travel. Miss Betham-Edwards has a keen eye for colour, and her Eastern letters abound with picturesque scenes, touched off rapidly and.carelessly in a style that is often effective from its ease and light- ness. The uneventful nature of the journey itself deprives the book of any help from incident, and the writer does not seem to have stayed long enough in any one place to gain much insight into its ways. Still the effect of the letters is pleasant, and they may be skimmed with interest.