Young Travellers; Or, a Visit to Oxford

Young Travellers; Or, a Visit to Oxford

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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. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...to contain about three thousand persons, and present an august appearance. In the centre of the semi-circle sits the chancellor or vice-chancellor; on either side the noblemen and doctors, the proctors, and curators, all in their full robes; the masters of arts in the area; bachelors and undergraduates, in their respective habits in the upper gallery; but the lower gallery is appropriated to ladies only. On each side is apulpit; one of which is occupied by the University orator, and the other in turns by the successful candidates for the prizes. There is a portrait or' two within, and a few fine statues on the outside; but nothing more attracts the attention and admiration of visitors, than the beautiful cieling, which, like the rest of the building, imitates.those of the ancients, which, being too large to be covered with lead or tile, had a covering of cloth strained over them, andfsupported by a cordage from pilaster to pilaster. In this, therefore, on the flat roof painted within, is a cord moulding gilded, which supports a great red drapery, supposed to have covered the roof, but thrown back to discover a. fine allegorical assembly of the arts and sciences, at which truthI presides, and banishes ignorance and error. This fine painting Mr. Rowden kindly explained to the children, telling them " he hoped it would leave on their minds some idea of the nature of emblems in general, and more particularly strong impressions of the value, beauty, and importalce of truth, wisdom, and virtue." This reminded Edward of a pretty piece he had read on emblems, in a book he had lately purchased with his pocket money, called " Evenings at Home," " which" he said, " helped him to understand a little the...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123685702X
  • 9781236857026