CHARLES READE'S COPY OF ‘MOBY-DICK’

CHARLES READE'S COPY OF ‘MOBY-DICK’ NOVEMBER 27, 1937. 390 N.OTES AND QUERIES. fHARLE S READE'S COPY OF ' MOBY- DYRON' S LAME FOOT—In William H. v DICK.'—On p. 218 of ' Excursions in ** Crawshaw's ' The Making of English Literature,' p. 299, the author says of Lord Victorian Bibliography,' Mr. Michael Sad- leir writes, " There is in existence the copy of Byron, " A club-foot was the one physical defect that embittered his proud heart." Is Moby-Dick in which Reade made extensive notes and excisions, maybe with the idea of not the actual truth that both of Byron's issuing an abbreviated version." This copy feet were perfect and that his affliction wa6 stricture or atrophy of the tendons of has faded from sight and Mr. Sadleir has informed me that it must have been fifteen Achilles 1 I think I have read somewhere tha t the lasts worn by Byron as a boy are years ago when he saw the book, " three volumes in one, and bound in scarlet cloth, in preserved in Nottingham. a little shop kept by Everard Meynell off E . E. E. Piccadilly, which shop shortly disappeared [A correspondence on this subject will be for its owner went to California and there found at 12 S. xi. 272, 316, 339, 375]. died." Can anyone inform me of the present locus A SPARROW SONG.—Vivid among my of this copy? HOWABD BIBSS. •°- nursery memories is the tune sung to JoHN these words:— "FAMILIES OF WREY, COURTNEY, AND • A little cock sparrow he sat on a rail (ter) 1 BECKETT.—In an unpublished MS., at • He cocked his head and he wagged his tail. A naughty rude boy with his bow and arrow the British Museum, dated in 1637, Elizabeth (ter) Courtney is mentioned as being the wife of Determined to shoot the little cock sparrow. Sir William Wrey, and from a story which His giblets will make me a nice little stew the writer of the MS. relates as having been (ter) told liim by Lady Wrey, it is to be inferred And his body will make me a little pie too. that the Wreys were a Catholic family who Besides the repetitions indicated, further lived in Cornwall.. The writer was then stay- repeats doubled the lengths of each verse. ing with the Beckett family of Cartuther, in Wha t are the origin and .the rest of the words ? the parish of Menheniot, Liskeard, who, he SEVENTY ODD . says, were descended from an uncle of St. Thomas of Canterbury, so perhaps the QLJ -ASSICAL NAMES AS CHRISTIAN Becketts were also what were then designated NAMES.—Wanted, examples of the use as P-apists. Perhaps some learned reader of Virgil as a Christian name. would supply information in regard to these • What is the earliest known example of this matters. HENBT COLLETT. use of Augustus 1 The best known early one is London, W.ll. doubtless Philippe-Auguste (Philippe II) , the King of France from 1180 to 1223. Has it, •DOTHWELL.—I should be grateful for in- like Benedict, anywhere undergone slight •^ formation re this name in Armagh, or to transformation? JJ JJ. H R. be told where such could be obtained. My great-grandfather came from there and said flRTHODOX RELIGIOUS COMMUNI- they had come from Scotland originally. Is " TIES.—Where can one find a complete the name found in France ? It seems quite official list—or compilation of the official lists frequent in London, and the tradition is that of the several patriarchates—of the existing one of the family had gone to France—the religious communities of the Orthodox why and wherefore did not reach me, possibly Church 1 I should he grateful also for in- war ?—and finally settled in London. Is formation as to the best authorities for the there any likelihood of the " tradition " history of monasticism in the Orthodox being true. Help in verifying, or definitely Church—in French, German or Latin pre- negativing, it would be much appreciated. ferably, L. L . BBUNTSFIELD. OOKS ON " SCIENTIFIC MAGIC" QJUTTON GROUNDS: WREFORD: LUX- B WANTED.—Some years ago a book was ^ TON.—Does any reader familiar with published upon the subject of " Scientific Devonshire know of property bearing the Magic," i.e., illusions, etc., produced by scien- tific means and not by trickery of any sort. name Sutton Grounds in that county 1 Also One of the experiments described was the sus- of the surnames : Wreford and Luxton hailing pension in space of metallic (aluminium) fromit ? BBUNTSFIELD. objects with no apparent support. The actual http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Notes and Queries Oxford University Press

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NOVEMBER 27, 1937. 390 N.OTES AND QUERIES. fHARLE S READE'S COPY OF ' MOBY- DYRON' S LAME FOOT—In William H. v DICK.'—On p. 218 of ' Excursions in ** Crawshaw's ' The Making of English Literature,' p. 299, the author says of Lord Victorian Bibliography,' Mr. Michael Sad- leir writes, " There is in existence the copy of Byron, " A club-foot was the one physical defect that embittered his proud heart." Is Moby-Dick in which Reade made extensive notes and excisions, maybe with the idea of not the actual truth that both of Byron's issuing an abbreviated version." This copy feet were perfect and that his affliction wa6 stricture or atrophy of the tendons of has faded from sight and Mr. Sadleir has informed me that it must have been fifteen Achilles 1 I think I have read somewhere tha t the lasts worn by Byron as a boy are years ago when he saw the book, " three volumes in one, and bound in scarlet cloth, in preserved in Nottingham. a little shop kept by Everard Meynell off E . E. E. Piccadilly, which shop shortly disappeared [A correspondence on this subject will be for its owner went to California and there found at 12 S. xi. 272, 316, 339, 375]. died." Can anyone inform me of the present locus A SPARROW SONG.—Vivid among my of this copy? HOWABD BIBSS. •°- nursery memories is the tune sung to JoHN these words:— "FAMILIES OF WREY, COURTNEY, AND • A little cock sparrow he sat on a rail (ter) 1 BECKETT.—In an unpublished MS., at • He cocked his head and he wagged his tail. A naughty rude boy with his bow and arrow the British Museum, dated in 1637, Elizabeth (ter) Courtney is mentioned as being the wife of Determined to shoot the little cock sparrow. Sir William Wrey, and from a story which His giblets will make me a nice little stew the writer of the MS. relates as having been (ter) told liim by Lady Wrey, it is to be inferred And his body will make me a little pie too. that the Wreys were a Catholic family who Besides the repetitions indicated, further lived in Cornwall.. The writer was then stay- repeats doubled the lengths of each verse. ing with the Beckett family of Cartuther, in Wha t are the origin and .the rest of the words ? the parish of Menheniot, Liskeard, who, he SEVENTY ODD . says, were descended from an uncle of St. Thomas of Canterbury, so perhaps the QLJ -ASSICAL NAMES AS CHRISTIAN Becketts were also what were then designated NAMES.—Wanted, examples of the use as P-apists. Perhaps some learned reader of Virgil as a Christian name. would supply information in regard to these • What is the earliest known example of this matters. HENBT COLLETT. use of Augustus 1 The best known early one is London, W.ll. doubtless Philippe-Auguste (Philippe II) , the King of France from 1180 to 1223. Has it, •DOTHWELL.—I should be grateful for in- like Benedict, anywhere undergone slight •^ formation re this name in Armagh, or to transformation? JJ JJ. H R. be told where such could be obtained. My great-grandfather came from there and said flRTHODOX RELIGIOUS COMMUNI- they had come from Scotland originally. Is " TIES.—Where can one find a complete the name found in France ? It seems quite official list—or compilation of the official lists frequent in London, and the tradition is that of the several patriarchates—of the existing one of the family had gone to France—the religious communities of the Orthodox why and wherefore did not reach me, possibly Church 1 I should he grateful also for in- war ?—and finally settled in London. Is formation as to the best authorities for the there any likelihood of the " tradition " history of monasticism in the Orthodox being true. Help in verifying, or definitely Church—in French, German or Latin pre- negativing, it would be much appreciated. ferably, L. L . BBUNTSFIELD. OOKS ON " SCIENTIFIC MAGIC" QJUTTON GROUNDS: WREFORD: LUX- B WANTED.—Some years ago a book was ^ TON.—Does any reader familiar with published upon the subject of " Scientific Devonshire know of property bearing the Magic," i.e., illusions, etc., produced by scien- tific means and not by trickery of any sort. name Sutton Grounds in that county 1 Also One of the experiments described was the sus- of the surnames : Wreford and Luxton hailing pension in space of metallic (aluminium) fromit ? BBUNTSFIELD. objects with no apparent support. The actual

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