Lives of the Founders of the British Museum: With Notices of Its Chief Augmentors and Other Benefactors, 1570-1870, Volume 2

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Trübner, 1870 - 780 pages

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Page 718 - What do we, as a nation, care about books ? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses ? If a man spends lavishly on his library, you call him mad — a bibliomaniac.
Page 449 - President, should be appointed to write, print and publish one thousand copies of a work, on the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as manifested in the Creation ; illustra.
Page 718 - If a man spends lavishly on his library, you call him mad - a bibliomaniac. But you never call any one a horsemaniac, though men ruin themselves every day by their horses, and you do not hear of people ruining themselves by their books.
Page 634 - It was some time before the sheikh could be prevailed upon to descend into the pit, and convince himself that the image he saw was of stone. 'This is not the work of men's hands," exclaimed he, "but of those infidel giants of whom the Prophet, peace be with him!
Page 612 - ... immediately entered the convent, where pipes and coffee were brought him ; after which the priests conducted him to their churches, and showed him the books used in them. They then desired to know his object in visiting them ; upon which he cautiously opened his commission by saying that he wished to see their books. They replied that they had no more than what he had seen in the church ; upon which he told them plainly that he knew they had. They laughed on being detected, and after a short...
Page 449 - On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as manifested in the Creation ; illustrating such work by all reasonable arguments, as for instance the variety and formation of God's creatures in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms ; the effect of digestion, and thereby of conversion ; the construction of the hand of man, and an infinite variety of other arguments; as also by discoveries ancient and modern, in arts, sciences, and the whole extent of literature.
Page 612 - Arabic manuscripts, principally liturgies, with a beautiful copy of the Gospels. He then asked to see the rest ; the priests looked surprised to find he knew of others, and seemed at first disposed to deny that they had any more, but at length produced the key of the apartment where the other books were kept, and admitted him. After looking them over he went to the superior's room, where all the priests were assembled, about fifteen or sixteen in number: one of them brought a Coptic and Arabic selim,...
Page 632 - ... eunuch. He was clothed in a complete suit of mail, and wore a pointed helmet on his head, from the sides of which fell lappets covering the ears, the lower part of the face, and the neck. The left hand, the arm being extended, grasped a bow at full stretch; whilst the right, drawing the string to the ear, held an arrow ready to be discharged. A second warrior urged, with reins and whip to the utmost of their speed, three horses, who were galloping over the plain.
Page 716 - PREFACE. As the study of the English language is now rapidly becoming general in our country we have had for sometime the desire to publish a "Pocket Dictionary of the English and Japanese languages" as an assistance to our scholars. In the meantime we received an order to prepare such a Dictionary as soon as possible having in view how indispensible is the knowledge of a language so universally spoken to become rightly and fully acquainted with the manners, customs and relations of different parts...
Page 633 - A third, without helmet, and with flowing hair and beard, held a shield for the defence of the principal figure. Under the horses' feet, and scattered about the relief, were the conquered, wounded by the arrows of the conquerors. I observed with surprise the elegance and richness of the ornaments, the faithful and delicate delineation of the limbs and muscles, both in the men and horses, and the knowledge of art displayed in the grouping of the figures, and the general composition.

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