Boswell's Life of Johnson; Including Boswell's Journal of Atour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey Into North Wales Volume 3; V. 1776-1780

Boswell's Life of Johnson; Including Boswell's Journal of Atour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey Into North Wales Volume 3; V. 1776-1780

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...were as dubious as himself. not Aetat. 69. A dinner at the Club.' 231 not name, but distinguish their parts in the conversation by different letters. F. 'I have been looking at this famous antique marble dog of Mr. Jennings, valued at a thousand guineas, said to be Alcibiades's dog.' Johnson. 4 His tail then must be docked. That was the mark of Alcibiades's dog1.' E. 'A thousand guineas! The representation of no animal whatever is worth so much, At this rate a dead dog would indeed be better than a living lion.' Johnson. 'Sir, it is not the worth of the thing, but of the skill in forming it which is so highly estimated. Every thing that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shews man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable. The first man who balanced a straw upon his nose2; Johnson, who rode upon three horses at a time3; in short, all such men deserved the applause of mankind, not on account of the use of what they did, but of the dexterity which they exhibited.' BOSWELL. 'Yet a misapplication of time and, assiduity is not to be encouraged. Addison, in one of his Spectators, commends the judgement of a King, who, as a suitable reward to a man that by long perseverance had attained to the art of throwing a barleycorn through the eye of a needle, gave him a bushel of barley.' JOHNSON. 'He must have been a King of Scotland, where barley is scarce.' F. 'One of the most remarkable antique figures of an animal is the boar at Florence.' JOHNSON. 'The first boar that is well made in marble, should be preserved as a wonder. When men arrive at a facility of making boars well, then the workmanship is not of such value, but they should however be preserved as examples, and as a greater security for the restoration of the art, should it be...show more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236626400
  • 9781236626400