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but a frontispiece and ruin

(inside front cover, detail; showing top edge of bookplate)
Hester Lynch Piozzi (1741-1821 *). Retrospection : Or a Review of the Most Striking and Important Events, Characters, Situations, and their Consequences... (London, 1801)
(2 vols in 1), Bodleian copy, digitized Aug 17, 2007
NYPL copy, vol I, vol II

“History is voluminous, and... Our Work,
though but a frontispiece and ruin,
contains between the two some shaded drawings,
such as we find in rudiments of painting...”   p vii

Surprised you are still working
Leaving for wreck
As in the past
ex Private Telegraphic Code of Swift & Company. Peterson Cipher Code Corporation, 1931

1 June 2015

rounds; rudiments; ruins; telegraphic codes; wreck
Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs Thrale), Retrospection (1801)