volumes and committed suicide on being reminded that the
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.
I had published in France a work in quarto
, in two volumes, entitled Mysteries of the Great Submarine Grounds.
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.
Why this book of whales is not denominated the Quarto
is very plain.
She went to a shelf and took down a heavy quarto
, bound in black leather, and inscribed, in red letters, MY FAULTS.
Bible was laid open before him at the fly-leaf, and while he was reading with slowly travelling eyes Mrs.
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.
The work I speak of is called `A Treatise on the Possibility of a General Monarchy in Italy,' and will make one large quarto
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.
Sometimes, when much excited with his subject, he had an odd way - compounded of John Bunyan, and Balfour of Burley - of taking his great quarto
Bible under his arm and pacing up and down the pulpit with it; looking steadily down, meantime, into the midst of the congregation.