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Vintage Book RARE antique The Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations by J K Hoyt, 1899, golden engraved cover and mystery personal letter inside

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There is no other book like this one.

This book is so beautiful. Forget what it is, just for a moment, and look at the pictures I've put up. The front illustration in gold, still shiny to this day, with feathers and two golden hands like Midas, one pointing up to the title, "The Cyclopedia of Practical~Quotations: Revised Edition::" the other pointing down to the illustration and the author's name, "By: J. K. Hoyt::" with the many detailed dots and inked squiggly lines, black and gold in mesmerizing patterns, it's breathtaking. Though it came out in 1899, if you look just at the cover decoration (or the spine decoration which I can't even describe, yet to say it's just as beautiful and ornate) it could easily have been printed much earlier.

The quotes, though, do come from much earlier--at least some of them. I'll describe this work in quotations, or "practical~quotations" as they are called in this special Revised Edition Cyclopedia (read: not EN-cyclopedia, at least not at that time). And here they are, only some of the many amazing words strung together to stick in your mind and heart (however "practical" they may be, it is up to you to decide, really) as they've done for so many other people, enough to be compiled in this heavy beast of a book.

Some you may know, many you will not know, and that is just the point! You'll have to buy it to experience it in its fullness and, well, epic-ness. Yes I know that's not a word, sue me.

--"Life is a waste of wearisome hours, which seldom the rose of enjoyment adorns, and the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers, is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns." -Moore, 'Oh! Think Not My Spirits are always as Light.' This is under "Life" Quotations.

--And this, under "Libraries" Quotations: "What a place to be is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers that have bequeathed their labour to these Bodleians were reposing here as in some dormitory, or middle state. I do not want to handle, to profane the leaves, their winding-sheets. I could as soon dislodge a shade. I seem to inhale learning, walking amid their foliage; and the odor of their old moth-scented coverings is fragrant as the first bloom of those sciential apples which grew amid the happy orchard." -Charles Lamb, 'Essays of Eli. Oxford in the Vacation.'

--"That old bald cheater, Time." -Ben Jonson, 'The Poetaster.' from "Time" Quotations.

--This is one of my favorites, from "Stars" Quotations: "A sky full of silent suns." -Richter, 'Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces.'

--"The cold winds swept the mountain-height,/ And pathless was the dreary wild,/ And, 'mid the cheerless hours of night,/ A mother wandered with her child:/ As through the drifting snows she press'd/ The baby was sleeping on her breast." -Seba Smith, 'The Snow-Storm.'

--And from "Mermaids" Quotations, "Since once I sat upon a promontory,/ And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back/ Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,/ That the rude sea grew civil at her song:/ And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,/ To hear the sea-maid's music." -Shakespeare, 'Midsummer Night's Dream.'

Now, see, I'm not sure after reading through this book how "practical" these quotations are, except that it is practical to read good literature, and this book is FILLED with GREAT literature. These quotes are amazing, and there's a section in the back with quotes in other languages, and a thorough index to help you get around, and there are exciting sections you wouldn't expect like quotes on Forests and Hand and all different countries, I could go on. I'm almost hyperventilating. This book is just so, so cool and I can't WAIT for someone to buy it and see it for themselves.

I could sit and read these quotes all day.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations: A New Edition Revised Corrected and Enlarged
-Author: J. K. Hoyt
-Format: Hardcover, revised edition (first of this edition), gilded cover with engravings, has a personal letter found between the pages
-Condition: Nearly mint. Signed backside of front cover by previous owner in beautiful script.
-Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls Company New York
-Copyright: 1896 Funk & Wagnalls Company
-Date published: 1899
-Provenance: I got this from the library I used to work at in Wellesley, Massachusetts when someone donated a bunch of their family's old books and said I could take whatever I wanted, and of course I took the most beautiful books they had, of which this was one! :)
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because of the condition it is in, its beauty and interesting/historic content, the fact it is the revised edition and comes with many updates and changes, and compared to other prices for similar items online. I also took into account its age, being from the 1800s, making it rarer and more valuable. Anyone would be lucky to have this on their shelf, and that more than anything is what determines my prices.
There is no other book like this one.

This book is so beautiful. Forget what it is, just for a moment, and look at the pictures I've put up. The front illustration in gold, still shiny to this day, with feathers and two golden hands like Midas, one pointing up to the title, "The Cyclopedia of Practical~Quotations: Revised Edition::" the other pointing down to the illustration and the author's name, "By: J. K. Hoyt::" with the many detailed dots and inked squiggly lines, black and gold in mesmerizing patterns, it's breathtaking. Though it came out in 1899, if you look just at the cover decoration (or the spine decoration which I can't even describe, yet to say it's just as beautiful and ornate) it could easily have been printed much earlier.

The quotes, though, do come from much earlier--at least some of them. I'll describe this work in quotations, or "practical~quotations" as they are called in this special Revised Edition Cyclopedia (read: not EN-cyclopedia, at least not at that time). And here they are, only some of the many amazing words strung together to stick in your mind and heart (however "practical" they may be, it is up to you to decide, really) as they've done for so many other people, enough to be compiled in this heavy beast of a book.

Some you may know, many you will not know, and that is just the point! You'll have to buy it to experience it in its fullness and, well, epic-ness. Yes I know that's not a word, sue me.

--"Life is a waste of wearisome hours, which seldom the rose of enjoyment adorns, and the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers, is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns." -Moore, 'Oh! Think Not My Spirits are always as Light.' This is under "Life" Quotations.

--And this, under "Libraries" Quotations: "What a place to be is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers that have bequeathed their labour to these Bodleians were reposing here as in some dormitory, or middle state. I do not want to handle, to profane the leaves, their winding-sheets. I could as soon dislodge a shade. I seem to inhale learning, walking amid their foliage; and the odor of their old moth-scented coverings is fragrant as the first bloom of those sciential apples which grew amid the happy orchard." -Charles Lamb, 'Essays of Eli. Oxford in the Vacation.'

--"That old bald cheater, Time." -Ben Jonson, 'The Poetaster.' from "Time" Quotations.

--This is one of my favorites, from "Stars" Quotations: "A sky full of silent suns." -Richter, 'Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces.'

--"The cold winds swept the mountain-height,/ And pathless was the dreary wild,/ And, 'mid the cheerless hours of night,/ A mother wandered with her child:/ As through the drifting snows she press'd/ The baby was sleeping on her breast." -Seba Smith, 'The Snow-Storm.'

--And from "Mermaids" Quotations, "Since once I sat upon a promontory,/ And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back/ Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,/ That the rude sea grew civil at her song:/ And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,/ To hear the sea-maid's music." -Shakespeare, 'Midsummer Night's Dream.'

Now, see, I'm not sure after reading through this book how "practical" these quotations are, except that it is practical to read good literature, and this book is FILLED with GREAT literature. These quotes are amazing, and there's a section in the back with quotes in other languages, and a thorough index to help you get around, and there are exciting sections you wouldn't expect like quotes on Forests and Hand and all different countries, I could go on. I'm almost hyperventilating. This book is just so, so cool and I can't WAIT for someone to buy it and see it for themselves.

I could sit and read these quotes all day.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations: A New Edition Revised Corrected and Enlarged
-Author: J. K. Hoyt
-Format: Hardcover, revised edition (first of this edition), gilded cover with engravings, has a personal letter found between the pages
-Condition: Nearly mint. Signed backside of front cover by previous owner in beautiful script.
-Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls Company New York
-Copyright: 1896 Funk & Wagnalls Company
-Date published: 1899
-Provenance: I got this from the library I used to work at in Wellesley, Massachusetts when someone donated a bunch of their family's old books and said I could take whatever I wanted, and of course I took the most beautiful books they had, of which this was one! :)
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because of the condition it is in, its beauty and interesting/historic content, the fact it is the revised edition and comes with many updates and changes, and compared to other prices for similar items online. I also took into account its age, being from the 1800s, making it rarer and more valuable. Anyone would be lucky to have this on their shelf, and that more than anything is what determines my prices.

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