He next proceeded to inspect his hack, which, with more quartos
than a real and more blemishes than the steed of Gonela, that "tantum pellis et ossa fuit," surpassed in his eyes the Bucephalus of Alexander or the Babieca of the Cid.
Around the walls stood several oaken bookcases, the lower shelves of which were filled with rows of gigantic folios and black-letter quartos
, and the upper with little parchment-covered duodecimos.
There were huge, ponderous folios, and quartos
, and little duodecimos, in English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldaic, and all other languages that either originated at the confusion of Babel or have since come into use.
During the three months voyage to India he 'devoured' and in many cases copiously annotated a vast number of books in 'Greek, Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, and English; folios, quartos
, octavos, and duodecimos.
I suppose they are those heavy ones, sir,' said Oliver, pointing to some large quartos
, with a good deal of gilding about the binding.
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.