‘What a Fool you must be’

Greek and English dictionary, comprising all the words in the writings of the most popular Greek authors; in the Septuagint and New Testament; designed for the use of schools and the undergraduate course of a collegiate education. With an English and Greek vocabulary ... Seventh edition ...

London, for Cowie, Jolland & Co., 1838.

8vo, pp. vi, [2], 615, [1], 74; light dampstaining to lower outer corners, ink marks to title, some foxing to endpapers; good in contemporary green roan over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt; somewhat worn; the name of William S. Brook inscribed several times to endpapers accompanied by his doodles, ‘H.W. Brook’ stamped twice to title.

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Seventh edition of Groves’s popular Greek–English dictionary, with charming doodles and cheeky notes by William Salked Brook of Woodbridge, Suffolk, dating from his time at Magdalen College School and then Oriel College Oxford (BA 1880). Brook appears to have inherited the volume from his father Henry William.

The young Brook’s doodles comprise a portly ‘Mr Weller Senior’ smoking a pipe and brandishing a whip, several profile portraits of a young lady (perhaps the object of his affections), including one of her pushing over a tower marked ‘Pisa’, and several smoking men and women. A note to the front flyleaf directs the reader to p. 234 where a further note directs one to p. 109, after which the curious reader is led on a merry dance to p. 374, where they are welcomed with the comment ‘What a fool you must be to have come here’.

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