An anthology that defies description or comparison to any other anthology, for the whole- both in inception and composition, is permeated by the personality of the anthologist, and is in itself a creative achievement of tremendous scope. The Introduction, for example, is virtually an extensive essay on Love, its history, its moods, its expression in literature. Some 700 odd selections, grouped under such all-embracing topical heads as Things Great and Small. The Cause and Measure, First Love. Unrequited Love, Love in Grief, After Death, and so on. Running heads are in themselves a contribution to better understanding of the pattern of his plan. The selections are numbered; no sources nor authors' names appear; the text's the thing and one leads into another, sometimes with scarcely a break in theme. For identification, one turns to the Table of Contents and the corresponding number. For location of material sought, one turns to author index, first line index, title index. These reference tools are kept apart from the ""Garland of Prose and Poetry Woven Together"". Walter de la Mare needs no apology for the compass of his work, which he states is ""merely his own personal defective idea or conception of love""....A book of permanent value and assuredly long life.