back into the circumstances of the earliest days of the decipherment of
fovgotteu lang'uages. The period covered is that of Champollion's
expédition to Egypt from May, 1828, to Mardi, 1830, iucluding the
preliminaries, his departure with his French and Italiàn companions
from Toulon, and the ultimate return to Bordeaux. The expédition was a
time of incessant toil in copying the monuments while fighting against i 11-
health. The letters are full of his archaeological progress, each monument
as he reached and copied it telling him its story, in the main truly. His
single-minded dévotion is seen in every page of his letters from Egypt. He
knew his time to be short; he therefore practically ignored the Greek and
demotie inscriptions and other accessories, and gave his whole énergies to
the main task, the copying and interpreting of the abundant hieroglyphic
records winch until his visit had held their secret safe from ail corners.
The fifth volume of Ciiabas' Œuvres diverses contains published and
unpublished writings from 1873 to 1877 when his activity was put an end
to by disease.
Chassixat writes obituary notices of two Egyptological members of the
Cairo Institut, Eugène LefÉbuiîE, who was the first head of the French
Ecole at Cairo ont of which the Institut lias developed, Bulletin, vi. 194,
and E. J. Iîeymond, a young artist who died on July 7, 1908. il. 196.
Sir Gaston Maspeeo writes of Thadée Sjiolenski, a young Polish student
of Egyptology who died in August, 1909. Annales, x. 91.
F. Ll. Gkiffiïh.
Part VII of the Oxyrhynclvus Pajyyri} which, like so many of its
predecessors, is the most notable of the publications of its year, is
reniarkable as being the first of the volumes issued by the Graeco-Eoman
Pranch to be edited by Dr. Hunt alone. The need for absolute cessation
of work on the part of Prof. Grenfell, referred to in last year's Eeport,
lias left Dr. Hunt to carry on the work single-handed ; and it is only right
to congratulate him on the resuit. Except in the fact that it contains no
long excursus or spécial treatise, this volume will bear comparison for
workmanship with any of its predecessors ; and it contains one literary
text of considérable interest which must have taxed the editor's powers to
the utniost by its difficulties of restoration and interprétation. This is the
papyrus of Callimachus, which is the principal literary discovery of the