Pleasures and Palace

Pleasures and Palace

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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. Excerpt: ... when faith and heroism die, and its sculptors, poets, and philosophers, not less than its political guardians, grown sickly, endow the gods with their own immoralities, cynicism, and ugliness. In the course of my Elizabethan researches and studies in England I chanced upon a thrilling trace of documents relating to Shakespeare. It is thought more than possible by the custodian of those archives that they contain manuscripts in his handwriting. Their examination would, however, involve taking cognizance of some other matters in the same chest which for public reasons, not unimportant, it has not appeared desirable to disturb these three hundred years. I had, too, the pleasure of acquaintance with the early rare editions of Shakespeare in the famous Huth library at Bolney House, a palace built specially to house the priceless treasures in books and manuscripts of the Huth collection, inherited by Alfred Huth from several generations of bibliophile ancestors, of whom the most ardent was his father, who stipulated in his will that he should "live with the books." The most magnificent fancy-dress ball of the time was given by the Huths, and that night we danced, surrounded by those treasures, my young sister Jessie wearing a brilliant Rumanian costume lent her by the wife of the Rumanian minister to Great Britain, Princess Ghika, a sister of Queen Natalie of Serbia. Years later the Shakespeare folios came to America, through the munificence of Mr. Alexander Smith Cochran, and now repose at Yale University, his alma mater. Shakespeare was not regularly acted anywhere in London, although now and then one of his plays would be given as a "great production." The first time I saw Sir Henry Irving was in his "revival" of Romeo and...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892933
  • 9781236892935