29 JUNE 1912, Page 13

Star Lore of All Ages. By William Tyler Olcott. (G.

P. Putna.m's Sons. 10s. Od. net.)—The author's aim has been to collect round the different constellations the folk-lore and legends associated with them, from the myths of Biblical and classical times to references in modern poets. He is frankly popular, and quotes from translations of Homer and Horace instead of the originals. His illustrations are from ancient and modern paint- ing and sculpture, to which he has added drawings and diagrams of his own. These will be useful to beginners, but in his sketch showing the position of the stars in Orion he surely misplaces the sword, It is fantastic to place it as hanging sideways, instead of straight down from the belt.