How can we help entering into his enthusiasm for his old books, as he inhales “the fragrance of the stout pages, and caresses the tarnished tree-calf covers of these twenty-one worn volumes of Shakespeare’s Plays.” He says, “Spenser’s noble folio here on my desk has a singularly precious association connected with it, for it was bought immediately after I came from the stately funeral of Lord Tennyson. The linking of the two august poets in this way has meant an added joy in the perusal of my copy of Spenser ever since that day. * * * "‘ A few dollars will go a long way among London book-stalls. Little Eighteenth Century editions of The Spectator, and of Pope and Gray and Cowper, may often be picked up for sixpence a volume.
Friends' Intelligencer, Volume 68