British Manufactures, Volumes 4-6

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C. Knight and Company, 1845
 

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Página 221 - I might this said book, therefore I have practised and learned at my great charge and dispense to ordain this said book in print, after the manner and form as ye may here see, and is not written with pen and ink as other books be, to the end that every man may have them at once. For all the books of this story, named " The Recule of the Histories of Troy " thus imprinted as ye here see, were begun in one day and also finished in one day...
Página 34 - ... the wind ; which might extend the sight of the philosopher to new ranges of existence, and charm him at one time with the unbounded extent of the material creation, and at another with the endless subordination of animal life ; and, what is yet of more importance, might supply the decays of nature, and succour old age with subsidiary sight. Thus was the first artificer in glass employed, though without his own knowledge or expectation. He was facilitating and prolonging the enjoyment of light,...
Página 220 - ... dimmed with overmuch looking on the white paper, and my courage not so prone and ready to labour as it hath been...
Página 31 - Lucan tells a very good story, which, if not precisely exact, is certainly characteristical : that when the sale of Thrale's brewery was going forward, Johnson appeared bustling about, with an ink-horn and pen in his button-hole, like an excise-man ; and on being asked what he really considered to be the value of the property which was to be disposed of, answered, 'We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich, beyond the dreams of avarice.
Página 138 - Every professed, inveterate, and incurable snuff-taker," says his lordship, "at a moderate computation, takes one pinch in ten minutes. Every pinch, with the agreeable ceremony of blowing and wiping the nose and other incidental circumstances, consumes one minute and a half. One minute and a half out of every ten, allowing sixteen hours to a snuff-taking day, amounts to two hours and twenty-four minutes out of every natural day, or one day out of ten.
Página 71 - French wines, is the name of one of the provinces into which France was divided before the Revolution. The province has been since subdivided into several
Página 76 - A curious kind of stitch, called a ' kettle-stitch,' is made near the top and bottom of the book, as a means of allowing the thread to pass on from one sheet to another. Non-professional readers may be sorely puzzled to know what ' kettle-stitch ' means ; but we can only say that it is supposed by some to be a corruption of ' catch ' or ' ketch ' stitch, while others refer it to ' chain ' stitch. Those who would attempt to trace the etymology of technical terms and phrases would soon find themselves...
Página 33 - ... of life, as would in time constitute a great part of the happiness of the world? Yet by some such fortuitous liquefaction was mankind taught to procure a body at once in a high degree solid and transparent, which might admit the light of the sun, and exclude the violence of the wind ; which might extend the sight of the philosopher to new ranges of existence, and charm him at one time with the unbounded extent of the material creation, and at another with the endless subordination of animal life;...
Página 198 - ... diameter \five of these are braided together into strands, and three of these strands are twisted tightly into a rope. Great care is requisite in making the rope that the ends of the wires be set deep in the interior of the rope, and that no two ends meet near the same part.
Página 33 - Who, when he saw the first sand or ashes, by a casual intenseness of heat, melted into a metalline form, rugged with excrescences, and clouded with impurities, would have imagined, that in this shapeless lump lay concealed so many conveniences of life, as would in time constitute a great part of the happiness of the world...

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