Many people say that for a male person, bric-a-brac hunting is about as robust a business as making doll-clothes, or decorating Japanese pots with decalcomanie butterflies would be, and these people fling mud at the elegant Englishman, Byng, who wrote a book called THE BRIC-A-BRAC HUNTER, and make fun of him for chasing around after what they choose to call "his despicable trifles"; and for "gushing" over these trifles; and for exhibiting his "deep infantile delight" in what they call his "tuppenny collection
of beggarly trivialities"; and for beginning his book with a picture of himself seated, in a "sappy, self-complacent attitude, in the midst of his poor little ridiculous bric-a-brac junk shop.
This is the collection
of photographs I spoke of," said Trefusis, following him and opening one of the books.
I am astonished," said Miss Bingley, "that my father should have left so small a collection
THE NEXT evening the astral lamp was lighted earlier than usual, because Laurence was very much engaged in looking over the collection
of portraits which had been his New-Year's gift from Grandfather.
THE first three numbers in this collection
are tales of the White Hills in New Hampshire.
Under his direction, Monsieur Le Quoi made some purchases, consisting of a few cloths; some groceries, with a good deal of gunpowder and tobacco; a quantity of iron-ware, among which was a large proportion of Barlow’s jack-knives, potash-kettles, and spiders; a very formidable collection
of crockery of the coarsest quality and most uncouth forms; together with every other common article that the art of man has devised for his wants, not forgetting the luxuries of looking-glasses and Jew’s- harps.
Ide," it is not impossible that the poems now republished in this collection
may be by the author of "The Raven.
Well, my name is Christabel Carstairs; and my father was that Colonel Carstairs you've probably heard of, who made the famous Carstairs Collection
of Roman coins.
He had already quite a collection
of prizes, worthless books on bad paper, but in gorgeous bindings decorated with the arms of the school: his position had freed him from bullying, and he was not unhappy.
I call it the library now, but then we called it the bookcase, and that was what literally it was, because I believe that whatever we had called our modest collection
of books, it was a larger private collection
than any other in the town where we lived.
Acting on language, those qualities generate a specific and unique beauty--"that other beauty of prose"--fitly illustrated by these specimens, which the reader needs hardly be told, after what has been now said, are far from being a collection
of "purple patches.
He received letters from editors like the following: "About a year ago we were unfortunate enough to refuse your collection
of love- poems.