Archive for March, 2009

British synonymy by Hester Lynch Piozzi

March 23, 2009

«You are a saucy fellow,» says dying Catherine in Shakespeare’s Henry the Eighth, when a messenger running in hastily forgets his due obeisance to the expiring Queen, who adds with equal dignity and pathos: «Deserve we no more reverence?» A bold man is one who speaks blunt truths, out of season perhaps, and is likely enough to be called saucy, though naturally unwilling to be so. Clytns was bold when he thwarted Alexander’s pride at the feast; and Sir Thomas More lost one of the wisest heads ever worn by man through his honest boldness, or bold honesty.

Bibliography of works about Hester Lynch Piozzi maintained here: http://web.missouri.edu/~justiceg/piozzi/bibliography.html

Leviathan; or the Matter, Forme and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil

March 14, 2009

Is it just me, or is it really rather difficult to find a nice hardcover edition of Hobbes’ Leviathan? Oxford / Blackwell seemed to have published one in 1946, 1955 and 1960 with an introduction by Michael Oakeshott. Prices for this Oxford / Blackwell vary between $10 and $100. The current edition of the text, the 1996 Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought edited by Richard Tuck is easily found in paperback, but again I’d prefer a cloth bound edition. There was issued a hardback edition of Tuck’s Cambridge in its first year, but this seems to be scarce today ranging from $190 to $480 in the used category. Looks like I may have to go with a slightly soiled Oxford / Blackwell for now.