THE University of Liverpool gave London its first professor of town planning in Prof. S. D. Adshead, who has held the chair of town planning in the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College since 1914. The University of London is fortunate in securing as his successor Prof. Patrick Abercrombie, who since 1915 has been Lever professor of civic design at Liverpool. During these last twenty years he has been engaged in educating town planners, and has himself been a leader in every movement for the improvement and preservation of town and country alike. His interest in planning is not confined to town and industrial areas: he was one of the three mainly concerned in the founding of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, and his work there has shown the necessity of proceeding by country preservation to country planning, and finally to national planning. He has recently been appointed to prepare the plans for a national park in Snowdonia. The series of town planning schemes published by the University Press of Liverpool, the Town Planning Review started in 1910 and issued for the last twenty-five years under his editorship, form a fine written and pictorial record not only of the work of Prof. Abercrombie himself, but also of all those who have devoted themselves to these problems during recent years.