3 DECEMBER 1904, Page 40

Bonnie &attain& Painted by Sutton Palmer. Described by A. R.

Hope Moncrieff. (A. and C. Black. 205. net.)—This is a charming book, good to look at, good to read. We are glad to see that it is to be folloared up by a second volume, which is to be devoted to the "Highlands and Islands." It is to be noticed, however, that Much Of the volutne before us is given to the Highlands. Out of seventy-five illustrations, no legs than thirty belong to Perthehire, and Argyllshire takers eleven more, making more than a half, not to mention the ten which are appropriated to the counties of Inverness and Ross. Several of the Lowland counties are not represented at all. With the general result, however, we have no disposition to grumble. There are certainly none among the pictures of loch and mountain which we should wish away. It-is not easy to choose where there is so much that is beautiful, but "The Silver Strand," "Loch Katrine, "The Rider Teith, with Lochs Achray and Vennachar," and "Beneath the Slopes of Ben Ledi" are particularly good. In another style are the pia- turings of the Bass Rock, Linlithgow Palace, and the Castle of St. Andrews. Mr. Hope Moncrieff's "Description" is worthy of the illustrations. He is just a little combative now and then, when he thinks-that " Soutlunna " • are presuming to criticise Scottish things and ways Ile is particularly indignant at the charge of lack of humour. In one sense he is right in claiming the gift for his countrymen. Dean Rams.sy's book is proof enough. Mr. Hope Mencrieff kindly warns the Saxon against attempting to reproduee,the Scottish accent. They "merit their fate," he says, "..w.ho vent-wed to touch the ark, not being of the tribe of Judah."