4 JANUARY 1868, Page 29

Biographies and Miscellaneous Papers. By Washington Irving. Collected and arranged

by Pierre Irving. (Bell and Daldy.)—These papers will not add to their author's reputation, but some of them are not unworthy of his name, and will be read with interest. The Spanish legends, which occupy about a third of the volume, are curious, and we are not surprised at the charm they possessed for Irving. But if they are read by others, it will be rather owing to his name and the grace of his style than to their subjects, and some may wish that he had been better employed.