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Izaak Walton's Complete Angler. With Introduction by James Russell Lowell.

(Little, Brown, and Co., Boston, U.S.A.; Mac- millan, London.)—Mr. Lowell's introduction is a pleasant, sen- sible, modestly proportioned little work. Tedious discussion, as, e.g., whether Walton was a haberdasher (retail or wholesale ?) or an ironmonger, he passes easily by. It was his business to write The Complete Angler, and we need trouble about nothing else. The -" embellishments " and wood-engravings are somewhere between ninety and a hundred in number, with portraits, vignette land- scapes, scenes of fish-catching among them, and all worthy of notice.