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met with in its pages, in extracts from charters and deeds, together with the seals attached to them, of those who, in various ways, had been benefactors to the Abbey. We give a photographic reproduction of the seal of Hugh Le Despenser, Lord of Glamorgan and Morgan, as an example of the accuracy with which these illustrations have been produced.
We congratulate Dr. Birch upon the successful completion of a very arduous undertaking. His labours, however, have yielded much valuable and interesting information upon many points which, hitherto, have been obscure in the history of this great Cistercian monastery. The large collection of charters, deeds, and other documents which have been passed in critical review by the author have been by him arranged in strict chronological order, and lucidly described. The work is one which, we think, archæologists generally will appreciate and find of much value.
Analecta Eboracensia : or Some Remaynes of the Ancient City of York. By Sir Thomas WIDDRINGTON, Recorder of York. Edited by the Rev. CÆSAR CAINE. (London : Phillimore and Co.).—Mr. Caine has been already introduced to the Members of this Association and readers of this Journal by the notice of his Martial Annals of the City of York, which we gave at the time of its appearance. He has now produced a companion volume to that, which is well worthy to stand beside it in the antiquaries' bookshelf. Widdrington took infinite pains, for a seventeenth-century collector, to prosecute his researches into the history of York by consulting all the available records and originalia, and has produced one of the most thorough and most trustworthy local histories ever written. The present editor has added much, both by way of tracing to their sources numerous statements which required verification, and of supplementing and bringing up to the standard of modern knowledge many points which would otherwise have been left obscure. In fact, it is not too much to say that the editor, by his going over and verifying the paragraphs of the original work, has practically performed a literary task equal in point of labour to that of the original author, whose work he has taken in hand. The result is a very attractive and trustworthy monograph on the ancient city of the North, wherein are dealt with the successive and varying phases of its history, its antiquities, its local manners, customs and traditions ; its laws, its saints, its churches, its worthies, its pedigrees, and, in a word, all that gives it a character of its own. suggested derivations of the name of the city are recorded and discussed. We prefer that which contains the name in the most simple