12 AUGUST 1905, Page 21

Abbotsford. Painted by W. Smith, jun. Described by W. S.

Crockett. (A. and C. Black. 7s. 6d. net.)—This is one of the very attractive "Series of Beautiful Books." Mr. Smith gives us twenty bright pictures of Abbotsford, and as the place lends itself to literary rather than to artistic presentation, of sundry places that have the Scott genius loci about them,—Melrose Crows and Abbey, Darnick and Sandyknowe Towers, Dryburgh and Jedbargh Abbeys, and the Tweed with the Eildon Hills in the background. These, and in fact all, are good to look at. And Mr. Crockett is, we need hardly say, good to read. He could scarcely be other, with Lockhart to draw upon, and his own picturesque way of putting what he has to say. He has a chapter which is not less interesting in its way than the rest of the book on "The Later Abbotsford." This is authoritative, for it has been revised by the representative of the Scott line.