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Kino Horn: a Middle- English Romance. Edited from the Manuscripts by Joseph Hall, M.A. (Oxford, Clarendon Press.)
THOUGH presumably the earliest of the English romano.es, 'King Horn' is an excellent specimen qt the purely narrative kind. The work has been fami- liar to scholars from the edition of the Mb. Ug. 4, <>? 2, in the Cambridge University Library, edited, 1866 by Mr. J. Rawson Lumley, with fragments of other poems, for the Early English Text Society. Under the care of Mr. Joseph Hall, head master of the Hulme Grammar School, Manchester, the three MSS. known to exist have been printed opposite each other, two on one page and the other facing. With them are given an introduction, essays on grammar and metre, an account of the story, notes, glossary, and index of names, together with, in an appendix, the romance of ' Horn Child. Not easy is it to exaggerate the care or the labour involved in the production of the book, the chief interest of which is naturally philological. It speaks well for our improvement in scholarship that works of this class, long left to the Germans, are now undertaken by Englishmen, and executed at our great university presses.
The Cathedral Church of Manchester. By the Rev.
Thomas Perkins, M.A. (Bell & Sons.) IF the latest addition to Bell's admirable "Cathe- dral Series" is less interesting than some of the previous volumes, it is because the edifice with which it deals is also less interesting. In spite of the additions that have been made to it in recent days, it is small in comparison with the great cathe- drals, and even with some abbey churches. Neither the style of the architecture nor the historical associations can be regarded as particularly impres- sive. It has neither transept nor central tower, no cloister walls with surrounding walks, and its environment is poor and unpleasing. So dark, moreover, is the interior that in the height of summer it cannot be seen without the aid of artificial light, and in winter the gas is practically always burning. Much work (some of it beautiful) is there that will repay a visit, especially in the screens. The ancient rood screen is, indeed, a fine piece of work. It is long since we saw the church ; our recollections of it, even when freshened up by the well-executed photographs, are but dim, and we have no immediate purpose of revisiting it. In the same volume Mr. Perkins includes a short history and description of the collegiate building known as Chetham's Hospital.
contribution from his pen. Among many of general , interest was one on ' Cervantes and Burns (9 th S. ! iv. 144), in which he called attention to one of the I tales in the ' Exemplary Novels ' of Cervantes, ' The | Dialogue between Two Dogs,' and its resemblance
to ' The Twa Dogs ' of Burns.
A CORRESPONDENT reminds us that we passed without comment the number for 2001 of the ! Scarborough Post, a supplement to the first i number of the new century, and declares that the paper was not only a jeu d'esprit, but a carefully thought-out forecast, which in a century (a long time to wait) will be profoundly interesting. The paper was suggested by Sir George Sitwell, who is believed to be responsible for many of the articles. It was sprung without notice upon the public, and arrested much attention. We admit our neglect ; but the space we can devote to reviews is so small, and the claims upon it are so considerable, we are driven to selection, and much matter of interest is crowded out. We have not kept the brochure, and can only give publicity to what is said about it.
' NOTES AND QUERIES ' FOR SALE (9 th S. vii. 387, 520 ; viii. 76). At the present date the thirty- one half-yearly volumes issued between July, 1853, and December, 1868, viz., I 8t S. viii. to 4 th S. ii., are offered for 21. 2*. at Bright's Stores, 22 and 23, Town Hall Avenue, Bournemouth.
EVERARD HOME COLEMAN.
AN old and valued contributor, Mr. A. G. Reid, of Auchterarder, died on 12 December last, after a short illness. He was seventy-seven years of age, and one of the oldest and best-known members of the legal profession in Perthshire. He was educated at Edinburgh University, where he took some of the highest honours. He attained his jubilee as a procurator in June, 1897, when he was presented with an address expressing appreciation of his honourable career and of his eminence in literary and antiquarian pursuits. He recently published
- The Annals of Auchterarder ' and ' Memorials of
Strathearn.' He also edited ' The Diary of Andrew Hay of Craignethan, 1659-60,' with introduction and notes. This has just been issued by the Scottish History Society. For some years past scarcely a volume of ' N. & Q.' has appeared without some
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