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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...ultima ratio), language must needs be abandoned to the popular caprice of the moment, and we must admit that, in speech, ...
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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...ultima ratio), language must needs be abandoned to the popular caprice of the moment, and we must admit that, in speech, whatever is, at any time, in any place, among whatever speakers, is right. The phrase presidential campaign is a blatant Americanism, and is a good example of what has been well styled " that inflamed newspaper English which some people describe as being eloquence." Is it not time that we had done with this nauseous talk about campaigns, and standard-bearers, and glorious victories, and all the bloated army-bumming bombast which is so rife for the six months preceding an election? To read almost any one of our political papers during a canvass is enough to make one sick and sorry. The calling a canvass a campaign is not defensible as a use of metaphor, because, first, no metaphor is called for, and last, this one is entirely out of keeping. We could do our political talking much better in simple English. One of the great needs of the day, in regard to language, is the purging it of the prurient and pretentious metaphors which have broken out all over it, and the getting plain people to say plain things in a plain way. An election has no manner of likeness to a campaign or a battle. It is not even a contest in which the stronger and more dexterous party is the winner: it is a mere comparison, a counting, in which the bare fact that one party is the more numerous puts it in power, if it will only come up and be-counted; to insure which, a certain time is spent by each party in belittling and reviling the candidates of its opponents, and in magnifying and lauding its own; and this is the canvass, at the likening-of which to a campaign every honest soldier might reasonably take offence. The loss of an election is sure to be...
Good. No Dustjacket Issued. 8vo. There is some neat underlining. There is a photo tipped in on front blank end paper. The binding is solid. MAroon boards and spine with bright gold lettering. This is a students edition.
Fair. No Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Small number written lightly on front free endpage. Text unmarked. Bookplate on front pastedown. Dust soiling to top edge of text block. Boards bumped at corners and spine ends. Boards rubbed. Spine cover partially detached with closed tear horizontally. Chipping to spine hinge and ends. Quantity Available: 1. Inventory No: 124688.
Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 12mo-over 6¾-7¾" tall. vii, 467pp. + 3pp. of ads. Twenty-Second Edition, Revised and Corrected. Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to the spine; this hardcover binding is solid and holding strong with some wear to the extremities and the rear inner hinge starting, but holding well. The interior is clean except for previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown and sale stamp to front fly. The text is clean and unmarked. A nice, clean copy over-all.
Acceptable hardcover. The book spine ends and cover corners have fraying. The book cover edges have minor wear and rubbing. The book spine and covers have fading and some soiling. The book hinges are cracking. The pages have light water staining at top. The endpapers are faded.
NY, Sheldon & Co., 1870, 1st edition hardcover, brown cloth, good or good plus sound tight square copy, 437 pages, internally very good to fine, light ink bookstore stamp on top of Preface page, externally rubs to extremities and slight minor fraying to cloth top and base of spine. Scarce first edition, 5"x7-1/2". psxx.
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