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THIS small book will be found a very useful addition to the series in which it is published. It is written in a clear and intelligible style, and should just suit those young readers who wish to obtain some of the more elementary ideas about the world on which we dwell, the moon, and the planetary and stellar systems in general. Great tact seems to have been shown throughout in the choice of suitable examples for giving the reader a good mental grip of distances, sizes, shapes, &c, of the heavenly bodies, without over-burdening his or her mind with too much detail. The clear print and the not too liberal use of dark type render the book very pleasant reading, while the questions and answers at the conclusion of each chapter will be serviceable. The illustrations throughout are very good indeed; the majority of them being excellent reproductions from the more or less important recent photographs. Among them we recognise Roberts' Andromeda nebula, the Pleiades, a fine Orion picture, cluster in Hercules, and several others nearly equal in quality. As a book for the young, we can heartily recommend these pages on the starry skies.

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