This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... stones is more extraordinary than in mine. And of course they are more than fifty times as valuable." D'Arcy turned round to see ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... stones is more extraordinary than in mine. And of course they are more than fifty times as valuable." D'Arcy turned round to see what we were talking about, when he saw the cross in my hand, and an expression of something like awe came over his face. "The Moonlight Cross of the Gnostics!" he exclaimed. "You carry this about in your breast pocket? Put it away, put it away! The thing seems to be alive." In a second, however, and before I could answer him, the expression passed from his face, and he took the cross from my hands and examined it. "This is the most beautiful piece of jewel work I ever saw in my life. I have heard of such things. The Gnostic art of arranging jewels so that they will catch the moon-rays and answer them as though the light were that of the sun, is quite lost." We then went and examined Jamrach's menagerie. I found that one source of the interest D'Arcy took in animals was that he was a believer in Baptista Porta's whimsical theory that every human creature resembles one of the lower animals, and he found a perennial amusement in seeing in the faces of animals caricatures of his friends. With a fund of humour that was exhaustless, he went from cage to cage, giving to each animal the name of some member of the Royal Academy, or of one of his own intimate friends. On leaving Jamrach's he said to me, "Suppose we make a day of it and go to the Zoo?" I agreed, and we took a hansom as soon as we could get one and drove across London towards Regent's Park. Here the pleasure that he took in watching the movements of the animals was so great that it seemed impossible but that he was visiting the Zoo for the first time. I remembered, however, that he had told me in the morning how frequently he went to these gardens. But his...
Used-Acceptable. Fair hardback in green cloth. The World's Classics, no. LII (52), reprint with 2 appendices. Ribbon page-marker present; binding tight; green cloth discoloured, with small loss on front board; gilt on spine dull & worn.
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