Friday, October 29, 2010

Billings, Burton, and Bill

“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.”

                                                                                               — Josh Billings

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The Complete Works of Josh Billings (Henry W. Shaw). With One Hundred Illustrations by Thomas Nast and Others, and a Biographical Introduction. Revised Edition. New York: G.W. Dillingham Co., Publishers. Copyright, 1876, by G.W. Carleton & Co. 504 pages. $3.00.

The Anatomy of Melancholy, by Robert Burton. “Now for the first time with the Latin completely given in translation and embodied in an All-English text.” Edited by Floyd Dell and Paul Jordan-Smith, B.A., B.D., (Sometime Fellow in the University of California). Tudor Publishing Company, New York (1941). 1,036 pages. $3.00.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare. Edited by Alfred R. Bellinger. Yale University Press (1925). Contains facsimile reproduction of the title page of the Elizabethan Club copy of the first edition (1609). 139 pages. $.50.

Recently Linked: My thanks to Lynn Behrendt for including yesterday’s dream, “Few are chosen,” in the Annandale Dream Gazette.

In the Forum: random acts of reading.


Jean Spitzer said...

"stands on his feet like a piece of ginger-root": perfect

William Michaelian said...

Isn’t it, though? That phrase alone makes the book and (by natural extension) the day worthwhile.