19 NOVEMBER 1910, Page 58

Mr. Pickwick Pages from the Pickwick Papers. With Illustra- tions

by Frank Reynolds. (Hodder and Stoughton. 15s. net.)- Readers will probably be somewhat exacting when they see the well-known personages of the Pickwick Papers thus materialised. On the whole, Mr. Reynolds will, we think, satisfy them. There is Mr. Pickwick himself, to begin with. Of course there are two Pickwicks in the story : the farcical being of the beginning, the kind and sensible old gentleman of the end. Here he stands before us in a quite admirable compromise. Sam Weller is good; Wardle is excellent ; Mr. Jingle is, we think, too obviously shabby. But as a whole the work is very well done.-An easier task lay before the illustrator of Legends of the Alhambra, by Washington Irving (J. B. Lippincott Company, 7s. 6d. net). Mr. George Hood gives us seven pictures in colour which are generally satisfactory in tone, and a number of decorations which are not always displeasing.