He sometimes takes the great Folio
whales by the lip, and hangs there like a leech, till the mighty brute is worried to death.
"Nor need you hesitate, learned sir, on account of the necessary destruction of the gem; since the perusal of your folio
may teach every mother's son of us to concoct a Great Carbuncle of his own."
"You have said it," replied Claude, who seemed absorbed in a profound meditation, and stood resting, his forefinger bent backward on the folio
which had come from the famous press of Nuremberg.
(That he was not, however, as has sometimes been said, personally hostile to Shakspere is clear, among other things, from his poetic tributes in the folio
edition of Shakspere and from his direct statement elsewhere that he loved Shakspere almost to idolatry.) Jonson's purpose was to present life as he believed it to be; he was thoroughly acquainted with its worser side; and he refused to conceal anything that appeared to him significant.
Even when the sun shines brilliantly, it seldom touches the grand piano in the recess, or the folio
music-books on the stand, or the book-shelves on the wall, or the unfinished picture of a blooming schoolgirl hanging over the chimneypiece; her flowing brown hair tied with a blue riband, and her beauty remarkable for a quite childish, almost babyish, touch of saucy discontent, comically conscious of itself.
Chrysostom in folio
, which made the table bend beneath its weight.
A heightened flush of the cheek, a slight irregularity of breath, a quiver of the eyelid, a hardly perceptible tremor through the frame,--such were the details which, as the moments passed, he wrote down in his folio
A sign, consisting of a vast folio
, swung before the entrance.
Collins had followed him after breakfast; and there he would continue, nominally engaged with one of the largest folios
in the collection, but really talking to Mr.
There were huge, ponderous folios
, and quartos, and little duodecimos, in English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldaic, and all other languages that either originated at the confusion of Babel or have since come into use.
The book I had a mind to read, was put up leaning against the wall: I first mounted to the upper step of the ladder, and turning my face towards the book, began at the top of the page, and so walking to the right and left about eight or ten paces, according to the length of the lines, till I had gotten a little below the level of mine eyes, and then descending gradually till I came to the bottom: after which I mounted again, and began the other page in the same manner, and so turned over the leaf, which I could easily do with both my hands, for it was as thick and stiff as a pasteboard, and in the largest folios
not above eighteen or twenty feet long.
The various distinguished people who had fingered his clavecins, and turned over the  folios
of music, for half a century past, had left their memories behind them; M.