7 OCTOBER 1882, Page 22

An Etymology of Latin and Greek. By C. S. Halsey,

A.M. (Ginn and Heath, Boston, U.S.)—We can recommend this little book as a careful resuind of the best knowledge on the subject. In its general plan, Schleicher and Curtius are followed, but several chapters are given to the principles of the now school initiated by Bragman and Verner. We have several books in English which serve the same purpose as the introductory chapters, but none, so far as we know, which brings together the chief ascertained rewrite in a list such as occupies here 140 pages, supplemented by full indices, by means of which any word may be readily found. Much of the knowledge here given is at present only to be had iu a form unsuitable for systematic study, while, owing to the fact that, with one very recent exception, all our Latin dictionaries are unsatisfactory in etymology, quite half of it is to the ordinary student inaccessible.