MANY readers, we believe, will prefer this brief brightly written narrative of the last English Arctic Expedition to the two weighty volumes of Sir George Nares's, recently noticed in these pages. Capt. Markham is an enthusiastic Arctic explorer, and as these volumes testify, is well fitted by his personal qualities, his experience, and accomplishments, to take a leading part in work of this kind. He has evidently a thorough knowledge of Arctic work and a full appreciation of the kind of observations which ought to be attended to in an Arctic expedition. His interesting volume affords a very satisfactory idea of the incidents of the expedition and of the nature and amount of work done.