28 APRIL 1894, Page 31


' THE EDITOR THE wfipzerwroe'l pia,"—Pablisiers are accustomed- to criticism of all kinds, including Many complaints Which are mutually destructive of each ether. If a biography is unduly extended beyond two -volumes, er if the page is so solid and the type so small as to -he trying to weak eyes, there in, doubtless, cause of complaint, trut" the letter of your correspOndent, " An Old Invalid," in the Spectator of April 21st, is interesting as opening up a new line of attack. $e, or she, complains of the volumes of Dean Stanley's Life that "their size is another inconvenience inde- pendent of their weight." Now, as the size of these volumes is"deiny 8vo, the size in which, probably, nine-tenths of the important Memoirs of the past half-century have been .published, and as, moreover, the volumes are not abnormally thick, thiii criticism could hardly have been anticipated.

Froin 2 to 2,1- lb. is 'the average weight of an ordinary 8vo