Sketches of some of the booksellers of the time of Dr. Samuel Johnson

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S. Low, Marston & Co., ltd., 1902 - Booksellers and bookselling - 127 pages
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Page 135 - To all (both men and women) who have neglected to read and study their native literature we would certainly suggest the volume before us as a fitting introduction.
Page 131 - Finds comfort in himself and in his cause; And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws His breath in confidence of Heaven's applause : This is the happy Warrior; this is He That every Man in arms should wish to be.
Page 64 - Tonson's; agreeing to pay the author so many shillings at his producing so many lines. He made a great progress in a very short time, and I gave it to the corrector to compare with the Latin, but he went directly to Creech's translation, and found it the same, word for word, all but the first page. Now, what d'ye think I did? I arrested the translator for a cheat; nay, and I stopped the corrector's pay, too, upon this proof, that he had made use of Creech instead of the original.
Page 63 - See, here, what a mighty pretty Horace I have in my pocket! What, if you amused yourself in turning an ode till we mount again? Lord! if you pleased. What a clever miscellany might you make at leisure hours!
Page 81 - You did not know what you were undertaking." JOHNSON. " Yes, sir, I knew very well what I was undertaking, — and very well how to do it, — and have done it very well.
Page 135 - The chapters are so lively in themselves, so mingled with shrewd views of human nature, so full of illustrative anecdotes, that the reader cannot fail to be amused."— Morning Post.
Page 62 - If you have any more bags he shall carry them.' "I thought Mr. Lintot's civility not to be neglected, so gave the boy a small bag containing three shirts and an Elzevir Virgil, and, mounting in an instant, proceeded on the road, with my man before, my courteous stationer beside, and the aforesaid devil behind. "Mr.
Page 63 - As Mr. Lintot was talking I observed he sat uneasy on his saddle, for which I expressed some solicitude.
Page 62 - Hereupon, I inquired of his son. 'The lad (says he) has fine parts, but is somewhat sickly, much as you are. I spare for nothing in his education at Westminster. Pray, don't you think Westminster to be the best school in England? Most of the late Ministry came out of it; so did many of this Ministry. I hope the boy will make his fortune.
Page 65 - One would wonder (says he) at the strange presumption of some men ; Homer is no such easy task, that every stripling, every versifier — he was going on, when my wife called to dinner : Sir, said I, will you please to eat a piece of beef with me ? Mr.

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