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.
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.
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.
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.' Under the pressure of actual necessity he now mastered the law, and the most important parts of the astonishing mass of work that he performed during his three and a half years in India consisted in redrafting the penal code and in helping to organize education.
'I suppose they are those heavy ones, sir,' said Oliver, pointing to some large quartos
, with a good deal of gilding about the binding.
Jocolpus Bumer, of the University of Belgrade, who established his conclusions on the subject in a work of three quarto
volumes and committed suicide on being reminded that the j in the Roman alphabet had originally no curl.
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
. He had many volumes of old travels, with steel engravings, and Mrs.
"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.