20 OCTOBER 1866, Page 22

A Concise Glossaq of Terms Used in Grecian, Roman, Italian,

and Gothic Architecture. By J. H. Parker, F.S.A. (J. Parker.)—This well known glossary, which has been before the world for some quarter of a century in three goodly octavos, now seeks in a compendious-and portable shape the suffrages of the tens of thousands of amateur students whose tastes it has • in its former shape had no small share in directing. The revival of architecture is a great feature of our day ; sound principles are getting established, and the credit of the change is due to the enlightenment of the general public rather than te the guidance of its -professional advisers. In fact the nation may be said to have conquered its architects, and it has been assisted in the process by none more than by Mr. Parke; and one or two of his like- minded collaborateurs. With regard to the present manual, we need only say that it is as complete and excellent as taste, experience, and industry can make it. The size suits the pocket, and it will of necessity be a companion in the rambles of all who take an interest in the build- ings of the past and the building of the future.