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A Handbook of Miscellaneous Information about Celebrated Statues, Palaces, Churches, Ships, etc Begun by William A. Wheeler. Completed and Edited by Charles G. Wheeler. i2mo. Price $3.00

I. —PAINTINGS AND STATUARY.

La Fornarina, Last Judgment, Slave Ship, Beatrice Cenci, Old Te'meVaire, Marguerite, etc .; Antinous, Niobe, Torso Belvedere, Venus of Milo, etc.

II. —BUILDINGS.

a. RUINS, etc., as Mouse Tower, Drachenfels, Stonehenge, Forum of Trajan, Maison Carrie, etc. b. ROYAL PALACES, as Holyrood, SchOnbrunn, Doge's Palace, Trianon, etc. c. MUSEUMS, etc., as Pinaltothek, Geyptothek, Uffizi, etc. d. Cathedrals, Abreys, etc., as Ara Cceli, Madeleine, Mormon Temple, Westminster Abbey, Trinita de' Monti, etc. e. THEATRES, HALLS, etc., as Exeter Hall, Drury Lane, Haymarket, Trinity House, Wallack's, La Scala, etc. f. PALACES, CASTLES, etc., as Pitti, Farnesina, Casa Guidi, Stowe, Sunnyside, Chatsworth, Arlington, Old Manse, etc. g, PRISONS, etc., as Newgate, Fleet, Libby, Bastille, Spielberg, Piombi, etc. k. TAVERNS, as The Tabard, Star and Garter, etc. i. Ships, as Bounty, Bucentaur, Alabama, Monitor, Pinta, Constitution, Dreadnaught, Trent, Mayflower, etc.

III. —NATURAL CURIOSITIES, &c.

*. NATURAL CURIOSITIES, as Green Grotto, The Notch, Natural Bridge, Lorelei, Tarpeian Rock, etc. b. STREETS, etc., as the Corso, Prado, Prater, Chiaja, Strand, Pall Mall, Via Dolorosa, Appian Way, Five Points, Seven Dials, Toledo, Wapping, Unter den Linden, etc . c. PARKS, etc., as Bois de Boulogne, Boboli Gardens, Pere la Chaise, Greenwood, Campo Santo, Fairmount, Jardin Mabille, etc. d. Clurs, etc., as Kit-Cat, Beefsteak, Athenaeum, etc.

IV. — MISCELLANEOUS.

As Bambino, Brook Farm, Glastonbury Thorn, Poet's Corner, Coronation Chair, London Stone, Plains of Abraham, Salisbury Plain, Golden Horn, Bow Bells, Stone of Scone, Merry Mount, Kohinoor, Heme's Oak, Swamp Angel, Donnybrook Fair, Warwick Vase, Mora Stone, Pitt Diamond, Veronica, etc .

"An invaluable supplement to gazetteers and encyclopedias." — N. Y. World.

JAMES R. OSGOOD & CO., Boston.

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CHARLES GARDNER WHEELER

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BOSTON
JAMES R. OSGOOD AND COMPANY
1884

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Nothing can be farther from my wishes than that the following pages should be judged according to the critical laws of historical composition. Tried in such a balance, they would be eminently defective. The limited extent of this work, compared with the subjects it embraces, as well as its partaking more of the character of political dissertation than of narrative, must necessarily preclude that circumstantial delineation of events and of characters upon which the beauty as well as usefulness of a regular history so mainly depends. — Hallam. (From Preface to "View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages.")

A bright light should be thrown only on the brilliant events, the momentous changes; whole generations and centuries of monotonous events cast into the shade, that is, slightly and rapidly passed over; and the most sedulous care taken to classify events into periods. — Alison.

Remark how, by natural tendency alone, and as it were without man's forethought, a certain fitness of selection, and this even to a high degree, becomes inevitable. Wholly worthless the selection could not be, were there no better rule than this to guide it: that men speak permanently only of what is extant and actively alive beside them. Thus do the things that have produced fruit, nay whose fruit still grows, turn out to be the things chosen for record and writing of; which things alone were great, and worth recording. — Carlyle.

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