Men, Women, and Books; A Selection of Sketches, Essays, and Critical Memoirs from His Uncollected Prose Writings

Men, Women, and Books; A Selection of Sketches, Essays, and Critical Memoirs from His Uncollected Prose Writings

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...Nights, we never quit these to look at our Pope, and our Parnell and Thomson, without a sort of household pleasure in our eyes, and a grasp of the volume as though some Mary Lepell, or Margaret Bellenden, or some Mary or Marianne of our own, had come into the room herself, and held out to us her cordial hand. Here, then, is a volume of Pope's Letters, complete in itself (not one of the voluminous edition), a duedecimo, lettered as just mentioned, bound in calf (plain at the sides, but gilt and flowered at the back), and possessing a portrait with cap, open shirt-collar, and great black eyes. We are bibliomanics enough to like to give these details, imd hope that the reader does not despise them. At the top of the first letter, there is one of those engraved headpieces, of ludicrously ill-design and execution, which used to 'adorn' books a century ago;--things like uncouth dreams, magnified out of all proportion, and innocent of possibility. The subject of the present is Hero and Leander. Hero, with four dots for eyes, nose, and mouth, is as tall as the tower itself out of which she is leaning; and Leander has had a sort of platform made for him at the side of the tower, flat on the water, and obviously on purpose to accommodate his dead body; just as though a coroner's inquest had foreseen the necessity there would be for it. But we must not be tempted at present into dwelling upon illustrations of this kind. We design some day, if a wood engraver will stand by us, to give something of an historical sketch of their progress through old romances, classics, and spelling-books, with commentaries as we proceed, and a 'fetching out' of their beauties; not without an eye to those initial letters and tail-pieces, in which A'sand B's, nymphs, satyrs, more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649900X
  • 9781236499004