Layard's handy Birdsof South Africa (8vo, 1867), though by no means free from faults, has much to recommend it.
Layard's discovery of the library of Assurbani-pal put the materials for reconstructing the ancient life and history of Assyria and Babylonia into the hands of scholars.
Layard's excavations in this latter country were continued by W.
Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kuyunjik as the site of Nineveh, and in providing a great mass of materials for scholars to work upon, these two books of Layard's are among the bestwritten books of travel in the language.
Layard's political life was somewhat stormy.
But while supplementing in some important respects Layard's excavations, this later work added relatively little to his discoveries whether of objects or of facts.
In both Houses Mr Layard's despatch was read, and in the excited Commons Mr Forster's resolution opposing the vote of credit was withdrawn.