5 DECEMBER 1885, Page 22

Tr1443 Stories of the Reign of Queen Victoria, by Cornelius

Brawn (Griffith, Ferran, and Co.), contains the working-out of a good idea. Mr. Brown begins with the reign of the Queen, and picks oat a number of interesting persons and events for notice. Very likely many of them will be less familiar to most readers than if they belonged to the sixteenth or seventeenth century, recent history having a way of getting out of reach. The book is really a kind of history of the reign, with the picturesque incidents brought into 'prominence. On the whole, this has been well done ; but one or two might have been profitably omitted.