Excerpt: ...that in Sennaar people probably said what they thought when they conversed. "You'd better go to Sennaar, then, yourself, Mr. Potiphar," said my wife, as she smoothed her rumpled feathers. "'Pon my word, madam, it's my own opinion," replied I. Kurz Pacha, who is a philosopher (of the Sennaar school), asks me if people have no ideas of ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...that in Sennaar people probably said what they thought when they conversed. "You'd better go to Sennaar, then, yourself, Mr. Potiphar," said my wife, as she smoothed her rumpled feathers. "'Pon my word, madam, it's my own opinion," replied I. Kurz Pacha, who is a philosopher (of the Sennaar school), asks me if people have no ideas of their own in building houses. I answer, none, that I know of, except that of getting the house built. The fact is, it is as much as Paul Potiphar can do, to make the money to erect his palatial residence, and then to keep it going. There are a great many fine statues in my house, but I know nothing about them: I don't see why we should have such heathen images in reputable houses. But Mrs. P. says: "Pooh! have you no love for the fine arts?" There it is. It doesn't do not to love the fine arts; so Polly is continually cluttering up the halls and staircases with marble, and sending me heavy bills for the same. When the house was ready, and my wife had purchased the furniture, she came and said to me: "Now, my dear P., there is one thing we haven't thought of." "What's that?" "Pictures, you know, dear." "What do you want pictures for?" growled I, rather surlily, I am afraid. "Why, to furnish the walls; what do you suppose we want pictures for?" "I tell you, Polly," said I, "that pictures are the most extravagant kind of furniture. Pshaw! a man rubs and dabbles a little upon a canvas two feet square, and then coolly asks three hundred dollars for it." "Dear me, Pot," she answered, "I don't want home-made pictures. What an idea! Do you think I'd have pictures on my walls that were painted in this country?-No, my dear husband, let us have some choice specimens of the old masters. A landscape by Rayfel, for instance; or one of Angel's fruit pieces, or a cattle scene by Verynees, or a Madonna of Giddo's, or a boar hunt of Hannibal Crackkey's." What was the use of fighting against this sort of thing? I told her to have it her...Read Less
Very Good. Grosse Pointe, Michigan, circa 1970; reprint; brown cloth covered boards; no dust jacket as issued; minimal wear on cover; interior bright, clean, and unmarked; 12mo-over 6 3/4"-7 3/4" Tall; 160 pages.
Fair. Fair/No Jacket 12mo-over 6''-7'' tall npd., . c 1856, brown cloth, illus., 214pp., (heavy wear to head+heel of spine+edges+corners bumped, bds. rubbed, front hinge cracked and weakening, soiling to pages+yellowing, some underlining+notations made in pencil in text, some foxing, tear in cloth to upper and lower spine)
Very Good- No Jacket. Ex-Library Includes Potiphar papers on "Our Best Society", "Our New Livery and Other things", being a letter from Mrs. Potiphar to Miss Caroline Pettitoes, a Meditation by Paul Potiphar, Esq., and others. Wear to edges; rubs to cover; a few pages starting to loosen from binding.
Good. 12mo 7"-7½" tall; 214 pages; 1856 Harper & Brothers HC rebound in heavy buckram cloth. Deaccessioned from college library collection; call lettering to spine, bookplate to front pastedown and checkout slip inside rear cover. Binding tight and contents clean and complete. Includes illustrations. A snug and neat though rebound copy; very suitable as a reading or research copy. Good.
Good+ Book Inked name title pg, clean text. 2" break to cloth at lower frontjoint, some age-holes back joint. Still tight wood engravings. good+, no dj, gold-stamped embossed brown cloth. Edgewear 214 pgs.
Very Good. No Jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Later printing. Satirical essays originally printed in Harpers Weekly. Maroon boards with gilt to the upper edge of the text block. Bumped with a bit of wear at the extremeties. Previous owner's name on the front free end paper (James E. Coley, New Haven-former Episcopal minister) dated Jan. 30, 1900.
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