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German and English Dictiona, y. By W. Dwight Whitney and

August Hjilmar Edgren. (Macmillan and Co.)—Messrs. Macmillan and Co. have added to the list of valuable educational works published 'by them a ccmpendions German-English and English-German Dictionary, which, while possessing all the usual attributes of a good -dictionary, has certain others peculiar to itself fo recommend it. By 'careful arrangement and the use of small but clear type, a great mass -of matter has been got into a comparatively small apace, the result being a book of very convenient size, containing all the words that a student is at all likely to meet with. Much attention has been paid to etymology, and the community of origin of some words in the two lan- guages and the analogy between others are made evident by the adoption of types differing from that ordinarily employed. The ,genders and principal inflections of all nouns are given, and to make the work complete, a list of irregular verbs is appended to each part.

Through Holland. By Charles W. Wood. (Bentley.)—The Dutch, if they desire their country to become popular with travellers—a doubtful -benefit, indeed, except to one or two classes of the community—owe many thanks to Mr. Wood. His picture of travel among the fertile 'levels, placid waters, and old-world architecture of Holland is decidedly -attractive. Those who cannot climb, and who have a horror of those little insects which are commonly found to "well along with "height and cold, the splendour of the hills," cannot do better than make the very easy transit to Rotterdam and spend a few weeks of holdiday in the flat and scrupulously clean country of the Dutch. They will find it,

for the present, at least, unspoiled by tourists, not without beauty that appeals to the eye, and full of objects of interest, historical associations, and treasures of art. About all these matters Mr. Wood writes in a pleasant and sympathetic way. The reader cannot do better than run through his volume, and at least enjoy one of those travels of the imagination for which we have all free passes, and which often give so much more pleasure than does the costly and laborious reality.