African Discovery. An Anthology of Exploration. Compiled by Margery Perham and J. Simmons. if aber and Faber. 12s. 6d.)
HERE is a book of thrilling interest " to all who have felt the fascination of Africa. The mysteries of the Dark Continent have been revealed by explorers, missionaries and civil administrators. Will its tuture he brighter after the tragedy of the. present?
The compilers of this anthology are well fitted by their travels in Africa and by their prolonged studies of its conditions to make the best selection from the store of exploration literature.
The writings of Catholic missionaries would be a mine of romance more absorbing than fiction, We are glad to note that credit is given to the Portuguese Jesuits who anticipated by 150 years the discovery of the sourets of the Blue Nile, about which the bombastic Thomas Bruce bragged so loudly in contemptuous disdain of his predecessors.
This book gives glimpses of the dramatic story of African exploration from Bruce and Mungo Park to Livingstoneand Stanley.
The publishers are to he congratulated on the excellent way in which the book has been brought out with illusteations and maps: a veritable feat of printers art in these difficult times,
Wisdom Builds a City. By Mary Truman. In this little collection of meditations upon heaven, the author describes the Holy City through the similes of the pi ecious stones to which the Apocalypse ascribes its foundations. teMowbray, 2s. 6d.)
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