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City Scenes, Or, A Peep Into London

City Scenes, Or, A Peep Into London,  for Good Children (1809) COME, peep at London's famous town, Nor need you travel there; For one foot up, and one foot down, In future, you may spare: At home, a hundred miles away, 'Tis easy now to look, At City Scenes, and London gay, In this my little book.       (“Introduction”) I've recently been examining a wide range of sketches, illustrations, scenes and caricatures from the eighteenth and nineteenth century. I'm particularly interested in the inter-connections between visualised text and the 'reading' of images. I'm also interested in how other senses are called upon to suggest the smell, feel and touch of the writings and depictions. There is also the deconstructive question concerning the image/text relationship. To what extent does the one silence, screen, or block out the other? Does the book as supplement to a real jounrey engage with an imagined journey that supplants the

Caption and commentary

Discriminate. A companion to "don't." a manual for guidance in the use of correct words and phrases in ordinary speech , (New York: 1891.) instructed its readers Discriminate in the use of CAPTION and HEADING. It is a perversion of the word caption to use it in the sense of heading , although this is frequently done in the United States. Caption means seizure or act of taking, and not headship. Don't say, “The caption of a chapter, section, or page”; use heading . (p. 22) In his Dictionary of Americanisms: a glossary of words and phrases, usually regarded as peculiar to the United States (1848), John Russell Bartlett explained Caption , this legal term is used in the newspapers where an Englishman would say title, head , or heading .   On the other hand ... Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (1995) noted You will find few of them who object to December being used for the twelfth month, when