Adventures with books and autographs

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byGeorge Steele Seymour

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...inoffensive old ladies as the butts of his joke and made appointments in their names with all sorts of people for every hour in the day. Thousands of visitors invaded the street, culminating with the Lord Mayor in his coach of state; Hook, with a friend, watching the confusion from a window across the way, though he was obliged to conceal his whereabouts from an enraged populace for months thereafter. It was probably the greatest practical joke ever perpetrated. If a collector were to specialize in Hook (I have never heard of anyone doing so), doubtless he would be able to locate some of the letters of invitations to Berners Street. How interesting the complete set would be! But perhaps Mr. Newton has already acquired it. Being an author and editor, and the husband of an author and editor, Mr. Hall had an enviable acquaintance among the literary people of his day. Some of the calligraphic samples that he shows were written in Mrs. Hall's album by friends who attended their hospitable house parties. He writes at length of Charles and Mary Lamb, whom he knew well. His pages redound with tales of such half-forgotten worthies as James Hogg, William Maginn, Jane and Ann Maria Porter, Father Prout, Letitia B. Landon, Douglas Jerrold, Alan Cunningham, Elizabeth Fry, Hannah More, Bernard Barton, Grace Aguilar and Ugo Foscolo. They are well worth knowing. At the end of the book he has added recollections of artists of his time, among whom are Benjamin West--I have inserted an original drawing from his notebook--Sir Thomas Lawrence, Benjamin Haydon and William Mulready, who can be reinforced in no more appropriate manner than by a copy of his design for the first English postal insignia--stamp would not be the right name for it, as it covered...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...inoffensive old ladies as the butts of his joke and made appointments in their names with all sorts of people f...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217676499

ISBN - 13:9780217676496

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