The Seventeenth Museum and Laboratory Report (68 pages 8vo.), and the Fifteenth Progress Report of the Geological Survey, have been distributed. The following are in the press: (1.) New Zealand Handbook, 3 Ed., Dr. Hector. A new geological map has been prepared to accompany this work, and printed in colours, in the General Survey Lithographic Department; and a copy of the map, together with explanatory letterpress, has been forwarded to the Agent-General for incorporation with a similar work which he is publishing in London. (2.) The Sixteenth Progress Report of the Geological Survey, 1882. By Dr. Hector. With maps and sections; and including Special Reports on the Norsewood Lignites (Cox); on the Gold Fields of Cape Colville Peninsula (Cox); on Deep Alluvial Gold Mines in Westland (Cox); on the Geology of Shag Valley (Cox); on the Malvern Hills Coal Mines (Cox); on the Collingwood District (Cox); on Motunau District (McKay); on the Antimony Lode, Carrick Ranges (McKay); on Langdon's Reef (McKay); on the Terawhiti Reefs (McKay); on the Antimony Lode, Reefton (McKay); on the Geology of the Reefton District (McKay). (3.) The Meteorological Reports for 1880–82 are being included in one volume, which is now in an advanced state of preparation, and will be illustrated by diagrams showing the changes for each month.