Percy Society Volume 10

Percy Society Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ... his person; buskins of pearle and cockle-shels being worne upon his legges. At the lower part of his chariot sit mer-maids, who for their excellency in beauty, above any other creatures belonging to the sea, are preferred to be still in the eye of Neptune. At Neptune's foot sits Luna, (the moone), who being governesse of the sea, and all petty flouds, as from whose influence they receive their ebbings and flowings, challenges to herself this honour, to have rule and command of these horses that draw the chariot, and therefore she holds their reynes in her hands. She is atired in light roabes fitting her state and condition, with a silver crescent on her head, expressing both her power and property. The whole chariot figuring in itselfe that vast compasse which the sea makes about the body of the earth, whose globicall rotundity is hieroglifically represented by the wheele of the chariot. Before this chariot ride foure trytons, who are feyned by poets to bee trumpeters to Neptune, and for that cause make way before him, holding strange trumpets in their hands, which they sound as they passe along, their habits being antike, and sea-like, and sitting upon foure severall fishes, viz: two dolphins, and two mer-maids, which are not (after the old procreation), begotten of painted cloath, and broune paper, but are living beasts, so queintly disguised like the natural fishes, of purpose to avoyd the trouble and pestering of porters, who with much noyse and little comliness, are every yeare most unnecessarily imployed. The time being ripe when the scope of this device is to be delivered, Neptune's breath goeth forth in these following speeches. xsr-'rum: 's srnncans. Whence breaks this warlike thunder of lowd drummes, (Clarions...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236788028
  • 9781236788023