Thursday, September 20, 2007

Birds Across the Zodiac

The title page of the first edition of Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record, deciphered, translated and edited by Percy Greg (1880), contains an interesting quote from William John Courthope’s The Paradise of Birds: an Old Extravaganza in a Modern Dress, which was first published in 1870:

Thoughts he sends to each planet,
     Uranus, Venus, and Mars;
Soars to the Centre to span it,
     Numbers the infinite Stars

Fortunately, the Google Books Library Project has digitized the 1873 edition of Courthope’s The Paradise of Birds, which allows one to see the quote, in its proper context, on page 79.

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