The two concluding volumes of Mr. Aitken's edition of Defoe's "Romances and Narratives," published by Macmillan and Co., include the rare and valuable "Due Preparations for the Plague," and a number of pamphlets relating to Capt. Avery, Jack Sheppard, Jonathan Wild, and other pirates and robbers, now reprinted for the first time.
A singularly interesting work is announced by the Cambridge University Press. It is an elaborate study of convent life and saint worship, covering the period from the beginning of Latin Monasticism to the years just preceding the Reformation. The work is called "Woman under Monasticism." Its author is Lina Eckenstein.