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. 1873 Excerpt: ...The bub, in the language of America, is the nave, or centre-piece of the wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and on which the wheel turns. ...Read MoreThis 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. 1873 Excerpt: ...The bub, in the language of America, is the nave, or centre-piece of the wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and on which the wheel turns. As the Americans make with their hickory wood the best wheels in the world, they have some right to give to one of the pieces a name of their own. But, however, Boston need not quarrel with the saying. Nations, like individuals, are generally governed by ideas, and no people to such a degree as the Americans: and the ideas which have governed them hitherto have been supplied from New England. But Massachusetts has been the wheel within New England, and Boston the wheel within Massachusetts. It has therefore been the first source and foundation of the ideas that have moved and made America; and is, in a high and honourable sense, the bub of the New World.'--F. Barham Zincke, Last Winter in tbe United Stales (1868), p. 279. 373. Familiar abbreviations of Christian names belong here. They are commonly made, with alteration or without, from the first syllable'. Will, Tom, Wal (ftom Walter, according to its old faded-French pronunciation Water), Sam, &c. These are specially liable to alteration from the caprices of the little folk among whom they are most current, and to this cause (mixed with the imperfection of the childish organs of speech and the fondness which elder brothers and sisters have for propagating the original speeches of the little ones) must be assigned such forms as Bob for Rob, Bill for Will, Dick for Rich. Mr. Charles Dickens signed his writings 'Boz' after a facetious pronunciation of Moses, which was current in his family. In the case of names beginning with a vowel, the curt form takes a consonant, as Ned, Noll, Nell, for Edward, Oliver, and Ellen. 1 The Germans, having a diminutival form-ri)Ot, w...Read Less
Fair. Book. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Gilt burgundy cloth hardcovers. Front endpaper and half-title missing. Hingescracked but holding. Some marginalia, but sparse. Otherwise, a clean, bright copy. Index. xii, 724pp. + 14-page publisher's catalogue for 1888.
Good Condition. No Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Text unmarked. Pages lightly tanned. Bookplate on front pastedown. Boards bumped and worn at corners, edges and spine ends with light rubbing. Quantity Available: 1. Inventory No: 144046.
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