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The Comic Latin Grammar A new and facetious introduction to the Latin tongue   By: (1813-1889)

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[Transcriber's Note:

This text is intended for users whose text readers cannot use the "real" (Unicode/UTF 8) version. In the Latin text, the "oe" diphthong is shown as [oe] to distinguish it from the two vowel sequence "oe" ("coeuntia"). The asterism used in the advertising section is shown as .

The Prosody section uses letters with macrons and breves ("long" and "short" marks). In this section only , vowels with macron are shown as CAPITALS, while vowels with breve are shown in {braces}. Long vowels that are already capitalized (very rare) are shown in [brackets].

This book was written in 1840. It includes material that may be offensive to some readers. Students should be cautioned that the book predates "New Style" (classical) pronunciation. Note in particular the pronunciation of "j" ("Never jam today") and of all vowels ("Yes, you Can u leia").

In the main text, boldface type is shown in marks. In the advertising section at the end, the same marks represent sans serif type.

Typographical errors are listed at the end of the text, along with some general notes.]

[Frontispiece: "Painted and Engraved by John Leech, R.C.A."]



A new and facetious Introduction

to the


With Numerous Illustrations.

The Second Edition.


Coe, Printer, 27, Old Change, St. Paul's.



The Author of this little work cannot allow a second edition of it to go forth to the world, unaccompanied by a few words of apology, he being desirous of imitating, in every respect, the example of distinguished writers.

He begs that so much as the consciousness of being answerable for a great deal of nonsense, usually prompts a man to say, in the hope of disarming criticism, may be considered to have been said already. But he particularly requests that the want of additions to his book may be excused; and pleads, in arrest of judgment, his numerous and absorbing avocations.

Wishing to atone as much as possible for this deficiency, and prevailed upon by the importunity of his friends, he has allowed a portrait of himself, by that eminent artist, Mr. John Leech, to whom he is indebted for the embellishments, and very probably for the sale of the book, to be presented, facing the title page, to the public.

Here again he has been influenced by the wish to comply with the requisitions of custom, and the disinclination to appear odd, whimsical, or peculiar.

On the admirable sketch itself, bare justice requires that he should speak somewhat in detail. The likeness he is told, he fears by too partial admirers, is excellent. The principle on which it has been executed, that of investing with an ideal magnitude, the proportions of nature, is plainly, from what we observe in heroic poetry, painting, and sculpture, the soul itself of the superhuman and sublime. Of the justness of the metaphorical compliment implied in the delineation of the head, it is not for the author to speak; of its exquisiteness and delicacy, his sense is too strong for expression. The habitual pensiveness of the elevated eyebrows, mingled with the momentary gaiety of the rest of the countenance, is one of the most successful points in the picture, and is as true to nature as it is indicative of art.

The Author's tailor, though there are certain reasons why his name should not appear in print, desires to express his obligation to the talented artist for the very favourable impression which, without prejudice to truth, has been given to the public of his skill. The ease so conspicuous in the management of the surtout, and the thought so remarkable in the treatment of the trousers, fully warrant his admiration and gratitude... Continue reading book >>

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