Why this book of whales is not denominated the Quarto
is very plain.
And here be it said, that whenever it has been convenient to consult one in the course of these dissertations, I have invariably used a huge quarto
edition of Johnson, expressly purchased for that purpose; because that famous lexicographer's uncommon personal bulk more fitted him to compile a lexicon to be used by a whale author like me.
It was much easier to chat than to study; much pleasanter to let her imagination range and work at Harriet's fortune, than to be labouring to enlarge her comprehension or exercise it on sober facts; and the only literary pursuit which engaged Harriet at present, the only mental provision she was making for the evening of life, was the collecting and transcribing all the riddles of every sort that she could meet with, into a thin quarto
of hotpressed paper, made up by her friend, and ornamented with ciphers and trophies.
Of all the moveables in it, I must have been impressed by a certain old bureau of some dark wood in the parlour (the tile-floored kitchen was the general sitting-room), with a retreating top which opened, let down, and became a desk, within which was a large quarto
edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
She went to a shelf and took down a heavy quarto
, bound in black leather, and inscribed, in red letters, MY FAULTS.
His chief delight, however, was found in the perusal of an exceedingly rare and curious book in quarto
Gothic--the manual of a forgotten church--the Vigiliae Mortuorum Secundum Chorum Ecclesiae Maguntinae.
I had published in France a work in quarto
, in two volumes, entitled Mysteries of the Great Submarine Grounds.
The work I speak of is called `A Treatise on the Possibility of a General Monarchy in Italy,' and will make one large quarto
He welcomed wet days because on them he could stay at home without pangs of conscience and spend the afternoon with white of egg and a glue-pot, patching up the Russia leather of some battered quarto
I have a quarto
Shakespeare, I think," he said, "that I marked at Sotheby's, also a manuscript Thomas a Kempis, and a first edition of Herrick.
volumes and committed suicide on being reminded that the
Arnold went straight to the nearest book-shelf, and took down the first volume that his hand lighted on--a solid quarto
, bound in sober brown.