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Looking for something else, I stumbled (as one does) on a Latin Glossarium Zemblanum.

What isn't in the aether?

“Its gilt key turned reluctantly. All three shelves and the space beneath were stuffed with disparate objects: a palette with the dregs of many sunsets; a cupful of counters; an ivory backscratcher; a thirty-twomo edition of Timon of Athens translated into Zemblan by his uncle Conmal, the Queen’s brother; a seaside situla (toy pail); a sixty-five-carat blue diamond accidentally added in his childhood, from his late father’s knickknackatory, to the pebbles and shells in that pail; a finger of chalk; and a square board with a design of interlaced figures for some long-forgotten game.”

Nine


Date: 2017-03-05 06:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
oh my. Thank you for the link!

Date: 2017-03-04 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] papersky.livejournal.com
It's the word "thirty-twomo" that really makes it.

Date: 2017-03-04 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] movingfinger.livejournal.com
I'm drawn to "knickknackatory" more strongly.

Date: 2017-03-05 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] negothick.livejournal.com
Somehow the word reminded me of a recent instance of "names are destiny": a newspaper interview with a hoarding specialist, Dr. Chatzki.

Date: 2017-03-05 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
Dr. Chatzki? Perfect!

Nine

Date: 2017-03-05 06:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
1702: "I keep a Nicknackatory or Toy-shop."

1721: "I went..to the [Ashmolean] mus├Žum, vulgarly called the nicknackatory."

Lovely.

Nine

Date: 2017-03-05 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
"Thirty-twomo" is a term of art in the printer's trade. Nabokov had an eye for such oddities.

Nine

Date: 2017-03-07 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ethelmay.livejournal.com
AKA a tricesimo-secondo, though I have never heard anyone say that out loud.

Date: 2017-03-07 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ksol1460.livejournal.com
Nor have I. This is wondrous.

Date: 2017-03-08 08:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
No one has ever given me a double elephant folio (https://www.abebooks.com/books/rarebooks/collecting-guide/understanding-rare-books/guide-book-formats.shtml). Babar et Celeste?

Nine

Date: 2017-03-08 08:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
AKA a tricesimo-secondo

Sadly,modern practice is to measure books in centimeters.

Nine

Date: 2017-03-04 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerodrome1.livejournal.com
How delightful!

Date: 2017-03-05 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
Utterly.

Nine

Date: 2017-03-08 08:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
And speaking of miniatures, squeak (https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2014/nov/16/sherlock-holmes-book-queen-marys-dolls-house)!

Nine

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