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Two Epigrams : To a Mockingbird [sic]…

Two Epigrams : To a Mockingbird [sic] Singing; The Swallow and the…

by John William (1859-1945) translator Mackail

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According to the Answers.com dictionary, an epigram is a short, polished, pithy saying, usually in verse, often with a satiric or paradoxical twist at the end. The term was originally applied by the Greeks to the inscriptions on stones. The title is printed in black and gilt and some of the tiny illustrations are hand-colored. The title of the first epigram is 'To a blackbird singing (cf. caption, p. [7]), ' / Marcus Argentarius and was selected from the prose translations of Professor J.W. Mackail (1890). The Swallow and the Grasshopper is attributed to Euenus / " …printed letterpress in an edition of fifty."--Colophon. This is copy #39, signed by Rachel Barahal. This work has a jewel-like quality and is cited in R.C. Bradbury’s “20th century U.S. miniature books,€? p. 191, no. 2. Gift of Esther Beamer.
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