Notabilia: Or, Curious and Amusing Facts about Many Things, Explained and Illustrated

Notabilia: Or, Curious and Amusing Facts about Many Things, Explained and Illustrated

by John Timbs
     
 

MR. TIMBS never reads a newspaper without scissors in his hand, or a book without a common-place book by his side. He pigeon-holes everything, and when the accumulation is sufficient he selects and arrange.-; what he has gathered in a book; and, let us confess our weakness, we are never tired of turning over his leaves; more amusing repertories of information and… See more details below

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MR. TIMBS never reads a newspaper without scissors in his hand, or a book without a common-place book by his side. He pigeon-holes everything, and when the accumulation is sufficient he selects and arrange.-; what he has gathered in a book; and, let us confess our weakness, we are never tired of turning over his leaves; more amusing repertories of information and anecdote can scarcely be found.

The present work is made up chiefly of cuttings from contemporary journalism, recast when necessary, and arranged in departments duly labeled for convenience of reference. 1. Terms, Phrases, and Sayings. 2. Dignities and Distinctions. 3. Laws and Customs. 4. Scriptural Words and Phrases. 5.Money Matters. 6. Notes on Art, and 7. Remarkable Books. Mr. Timbs' books can no more be reviewed than the Percy Anecdotes, or a dictionary. He is a most indefatigable, amusing and useful compiler.

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An excerpt from the Preface:

The present volume of "Notabilia" has been prepared with the main object of supplying, in some measure, the technical requirements of the present day, and "taking us from the track of our nursery mistakes; and by showing us new objects, or old ones in true lights, to reform our judgments." The immediate service of such aid scarcely needs explanation; it being obvious that the spirit of the times requires in every man not only a thorough knowledge of his own profession, but much general knowledge, to enable him to keep pace with the rapid changes which are taking place around him. "All knowledge," says Sir David Brewster, "is progressive, and the errors of one generation call forth the comments, and are replaced by comments of the next."....

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781500266219
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/20/2014
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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