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41 very small woodcuts by Holbein. When will I learn? I expected to see full size artwork - as on the cover - throughout the book. Instead, 2x3" illos more like big postage stamps. And, of course, the ... Read full review
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Page 202 - I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chapfallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that. Prithee, Horatio, tell me one thing. Hor. What's that, my lord? Ham. Dost thou think Alexander looked o' this fashion i
Page 206 - ... it (except its cares) upon my back ; in no one moment of my existence, that I remember, have ye once deserted me, or tinged the objects which came in my way, either with sable, or with a sickly green ; in dangers ye gilded my horizon with hope, and when DEATH himself knocked at my door — ye bad him come again ; and in so gay a tone of careless indifference, did ye do it, that he doubted of his commission " — There must ceitainly be some mistake in this I will fly matter,
Page 51 - About this cloister was artificially and richly painted the Dance of Machabray, or Dance of Death, commonly called the Dance of Paul's ; the like whereof was painted about St. Innocent's cloister at Paris, in France. The metres, or poesy of this dance...
Page iii - Testament!,' with 90 wood-cuts beautifully engraved. Crown 8vo. half bound morocco, 1(. Is. A few copies printed entirely on India paper, 2J. 2s. THE DANCE OF DEATH, exhibited in fifty-five elegant Engravings on Wood, with a Dissertation on the several Representations of that Subject; more particularly on those attributed to MACABER and HOLBEIN, by FRANCIS DOUCE, FSA 8vo.
Page 145 - Bellona's rage ; And Anna's bounty crown her soldier's hoary age? In vain we think that free-will'd man has power To hasten or protract th' appointed hour. Our term of life depends not on our deed : Before our birth our funeral was decreed. Nor aw'd by foresight, nor misled by chance, 20 Imperious Death directs his ebon lance ; Peoples great Henry's tombs, and leads up Holbein's dance.
Page 257 - Vae qui dicitis malum bonum et bonum malum ; ponentes tenebras lucem et lucem tenebras ; ponentes amarum in dulce et dulce in amarum
Page 4 - Christian point of view] , and not our actual dissolution, are alone of a terrific nature; for death is, in fact, the end and cure of all the previous sufferings and horrors with which it is so frequently accompanied. In the dark ages of monkish bigotry and superstition, the deluded people, seduced into a belief that the fear of death was acceptable to the great and beneficent author of their existence, appear to have derived one of their principal gratifications in contemplating this necessary termination...
Page 135 - THE DANCES OF DEATH, through the Various Stages of Human Life; wherein The Capriciousness of that Tyrant is exhibited; in Forty-six...