Putnam's & the Reader Volume 5

Putnam's & the Reader Volume 5

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...other books, but who remembers even their names? I am sure that I do not; but I remember " The Story of an African Farm," and shall remember it to my dying day. Lord Northcliffe (Alfred Harmsworth) occupies the house at 22 St. James's Place formerly occupied by Samuel Rogers, the banker-poet, of whose library Mr. Austin Dobson has recently written. By most of us who know anything at all about Rogers, he is remembered because of his breakfasts and his table-talk. That he was not only a collector of rare books but of rare paintings as well, is not so generally known. Says Mr. Dobson: When, in December, 1855, he died, his pictures and curios--his 'articles of virtue and bigotry" as a modern Malaprop would have styled them--attracted far more attention than the not very numerous volumes forming his library. What people flocked to see at the little treasure-house overlooking the Green Park, which its nonagenarian owner had occupied for more than fifty years, were the "Puck" and "Strawberry Girl" of Sir Joshua, the Titians, Giorgiones and Guidos, the Poussins and Claudes, the drawings of Raphael and Diirer and Lucas van Ley den, the bookcase painted by Stothard, the chimneypiece carved by Flaxman, the miniatures and bronzes and Etruscan vases--all the "infinite riches in a little room," which crowded No. 22 from garret to basement. Mr. Dobson repeats one of Rogers's stock anecdotes. It was of two men who fought a duel in a dark room, where one of the combatants, humanely firing up the chimney, brings down his adversary. It may be that the glorified gramophone of the future will give us the table-talk of such table-talkers as Rogers, Mr. Dobson suggests; but, alas! the manner of the talking can never be...show more

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  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 630g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236496434
  • 9781236496430