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No. 242.- FEBRUARY 1885.
Bristol, &c., besides private collections. Mr. Davis NOTES ON NEW BOOKS.
accepts Günther's classification ; and without de
voting more than half a page to his introduction, CLEMENTARY Text-Book of Zoology, by Dr. | he plunges at once into his subject, like a practical L C. Claus. Translated and edited by Adam man. The plates are 65 in number, coloured, and Sedgwick, M.A., and F. G. Heathcote, B.A. (London: | very artistically got up; so that the volume is a W. S. Sonnenschein & Co.). To a seeker after credit to the Royal Dublin Society, and one which scientific truth and knowledge that parochial minded. cannot fail to greatly enhance the high reputation as ness which we sometimes dignify under the title of a palæontologist which the author has been deservedly “ Patriotism ” gives place to a candid recognition earning for some years past. of merit wherever it is found. Otherwise we should Phillips's Manual of Geology, edited by Robert have regretted that no English Zoologist had pro- | Etheridge, F.R.S., and H. G. Seely, F.R.S. (London: vided students with a work of this class. Nicholson's Charles Griffin & Co.). We cannot complain of Manuals go part of the way, but only a part. A want of manuals in geology, although palæontology really good text-book of Zoology, something like is by no means so well off. The present volume is Sachs' Manual of Botany, was much wanted. Dr. devoted to “ Physical Geology,” and is edited by Claus's name, both as a teacher and investigator, are Prof. Seely, who has taken the well-known and well known, and this translation of his well-known almost classic work of Prof. John Phillips as a basis, manual will be thankfully received by zoological and it evolved this book. It must have been a students. Let us add that we think the work has harder task for Mr. Seely to work on these lines than been improved by editing and translating. Certainly to have written an original manual. But he has none could better have fulfilled this task than Mr. loyally fulfilled his work, and under the rôle of Adam Sedgwick. The chief feature which strikes | editor, has really given to geological students a work, us in reading the present work is its lucidity. The whose erudition, painstaking succinctness, and English is of the best, and the illustrations apt and thoroughness, none would have more heartily pointed. Although it only includes the invertebrate recognized than the genial John Phillips himselfanimals from the Protozoa to the Insecta (in the who would have been amused in no small way at special part), the preceding general part is of great | finding how his little book had grown into a big one ! value. Nothing in connection with the science and Many of the illustrations are those used in the philosophy of zoology has been lost sight of, and the original work. comparison of the same organs in different classes of The Student's Elements of Geology, by Sir Charles animals, of similar structures, their embryological Lyell, Bart., F.R.S. Fourth edition, Revised by and general development, the discussion of the | P. M. Duncan, F.R.S. (London: John Murray). doctrines of evolution, natural selection, the histori | It is late in the day to praise Lyell's Elements. It is cal review of Zoology-all of which are duly treated far beyond the region of criticism. But one feels upon in the general part-recommend the work as a glad that so old a friend as this book is--endeared by most attractive one. The woodcuts are very numerous those recollections of the past, when it sent us with and of a high artistic character.
delighted enthusiasm to the work, and the fossils of On the Fossil Fishes of the Carboniferous Lime which it treated—has not been allowed to fall out of stone Scries of Great Britain, by J. W. Davis, F.G.S. | the ranks of geological literature. It is seven years (Dublin : Published by the Royal Dublin Society). | since the last edition appeared, and geology has Here is a work of quite another character, one which progressed marvellously in the meantime; more demands infinite pains and patience, and that quick particularly with regard to the help it has received and ready intuitive diagnosis of specimens which from microscopical investigation. The publisher was almost amounts to genius. And yet the author (a fortunate enough to get an editor who has a high young man) is no salaried professor, or state endowed reputation as a geologist and palæontologist, and investigator, but a British manufacturer with a who also knows how to write for students. Conbrisk business to successfully superintend. British sequently this is by far the best edition of Lyell's science owes much to such men, and we are proud | “Student's Elements," which has ever appeared. of them--our Lubbocks, Evans, Tylors, Sorbys, Plant-Lore, Legends, and Lyrics, by Richard and Davises ! The present monograph will be a Folkard, jun. (London : Sampson Low & Co.). No great boon to real workers, particularly on the department of natural knowledge has taken such interesting carboniferous limestone. Mr. Davis a hold on the public mind as plants. No other derived the materials for his examination and study | natural objects are so intimately associated with from the well-known collection of the Earl of the historical mental and moral development of Enniskillen, now in the British Museum, South | mankind at large, or have so grown up, and interKensington. He has laid under contributions the mingled with its hopes and fears, joys and sorrows. collections in the National Museum ; the museums of There is hardly a common wayside weed which is the Geological Society, of Dublin, Cambridge, York, I not sanctified to us in these modern times by