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FAMILIAR ALLUSIONS

A HAND-BOOK OF

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

INCLUDING

THE NAMES OF CELEOPATED STATUES, PAINTINGS,
PALACES, COUNTRY-SEATS, RUINS, CHURCHES,

SHIPS, STREETS, CLUBS, NATURAL

CURIOSITIES, AND THE LIKE

BEĞÜN (BUT LEFT UNFINISHED)",
BY WILLIAM A. WHEELER;

COMPLETED AND EDITED ; ;'
BY CHARLES G. WHEELER

“He that undertakes to compile a Dictionary undertakes that which,
if it comprehends the full extent of his design, he knows himself unable
to perform. Yet his labors, though deficient, may be useful.” —
JOHNSON

" Les monuments sont les crampons qui unissent une génération à
une autre." — JOUBERT

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PREFACE.

This Handbook of Miscellaneous Information was first announced by Mr. William A. Wheeler in the preface to his “ Dictionary of the Noted Names of Fiction,” to which it was designed to be a companion volume. Its design and scope are sufficiently indicated by the title it bears and by the words of the original announcement referred to above: viz., " the author has been urged to extend his plan so as to include ... the names of celebrated statues, paintings, palaces, country-seats, churches, ships, streets, clubs, and the like; inasmuch as such names are of very common occurrence in books and newspapers, and, for the most part, are not alphabetically entered and explained in encyclopædias, dictionaries, or gazetteers.”

A large amount of notes and memoranda in a considerably advanced state (as well as completed MS.) was left by Mr. Wheeler at his death ; and the present editor has endeavored to carry out the work in strict accordance with the original

plan.

One only needs to glance at the pages of any prominent writer, or at the citations here given, to see how full they are of allusions to buildings, pictures, statues, streets, and the like, for which the ordinary reader has no cxplanation at hand, and which this book aims so far as possible to explain. The same holds true of the columns of the magazines and daily newspapers, where there are repeated allusions to

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