English Surnames; An Essay on Family Nomenclature, Historical, Etymological, and Humorous with Several Illustrative Appendices Volume . 2

English Surnames; An Essay on Family Nomenclature, Historical, Etymological, and Humorous with Several Illustrative Appendices Volume . 2

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...the wars between Edward the Third and the French. Whatever may be thought of the puerility of hunting out a fanciful picture or device to answer a purpose which the letters of one's name would serve much better, the practice has the sanction of some eminent names in ancient as well as in modern days. Even the great-minded Cicero was not too proud to represent his name by the paltry species of pulse called by us vetches or chick-peas, and by the Romans Cicer; and that, too, in a dedication to the gods. Many of the coins of Julius Caesar bear the impress of an Elephant, as the word cesar signifies that animal in the ancient language of Mauritania In like Camden. VOL. II. 8 manner the sculptors Saurus arid Batrachus carved upon their works, the one the figure of a Lizard, and the other a Frog, as their names implied; and two Roman mint-masters distinguished themselves upon the coins struck by them--Floras by a Flower, and Vitulus by a CALF. In that remarkable depository of the remains of the early Christians, the Catacombs at Rome, rebuses were very frequently carved upon the sepulchres. Thus the tomb of Dracontius exhibits a dragon, that of Onager, a wild ass, that of Leo, a lion, that of Doliens, a cask (dolium), and that of Porcella, a little pig. On that of a lady named Navira, is insculped the rude figure of a ship (navis), with an epitaph to the following purport--" Navira In Peace--a sweet soul, who lived sixteeen years and five months--a soul sweet as honey: this epitaph was made by her parents--the sign, a ship."f Having thus seen that there exists ancient and classical authority for the use of rebuses, I shall proceed to set before my reader a dish of " lettuce " culled from the fruitful garden of Master Camden and...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236629728
  • 9781236629722