16 NOVEMBER 1867, Page 22

Up and Down the London Streets. By Mark Lemon. (Chapman

and Hall.) —The chapters which compose this book appeared in London Society, a fact from which it may be inferred that they are light and gossipy in their tone, and that their research is not very profound or original. Mr. Mark Lemon is perfectly straightforward in his dis- claimer of all such pretensions. But if he is not deep, he is sprightly,

and those who wish to read about London may count on finding him a pleasant companion. We may particularly commend the choice of il- lustrations, by means of which past ages are brought back to us vividly. Mr. Lemon is somewhat careless in small details,—an alarming feature in an antiquary. Thus he tells us of Falstaff welcoming Xing Henry V. on his return from Agincourt. He ought to have remembered that Falstaff died at the beginning of the play. He quotes Stott's lines on the "princely offspring of Braganza," which are embalmed in the notes to Byron's English Bards, as the work of an Irish poet of our own age saluting a Portuguese visitor. And Elijah Pogram's sentence about the defaulting postmaster is attributed to a mythical Kentucky man, as his answer to a dishonoured bill