The Book of the Feet: A History of Boots and Shoes

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Simpkin, Marshall & Company, 1847 - Boots - 148 pages

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Page 68 - By'r lady, your ladyship is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last, by the altitude of a chopine.
Page 13 - This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is...
Page 128 - Her feet beneath her petticoat Like little mice stole in and out, As if they feared the light: But, oh ! she dances such a way— No sun upon an Easter day Is half so fine a sight.
Page 147 - I counted the perspiratory pores on the palm of the hand, and found 3,528 in a square inch. Now, each of these pores being the aperture of a little tube of about a quarter of an inch long, it follows that in a square inch of skin on the palm of the hand, there exists a length of tube equal to 882 inches, or 73 feet.
Page 31 - ... fashion revived. The shoes of Bernard, king of Italy, found in his tomb, were " right and left :" the soles were of wood, the upper part red leather, laced with thongs, and they fitted so closely, that the order of the toes, terminating in a point at the great toe, might easily be discovered...
Page 127 - UPON HER FEET. HER pretty feet Like snailes did creep A little out, and then, As if they started at Bo-peep, Did soon draw in agen.
Page 9 - Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things ; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour : and this was a testimony in Israel.
Page 68 - Venice, that no woman whatsoever goeth without it, either in her house or abroad, a thing made of wood and covered with leather of sundry colors, some with white, some redde, some yellow. It is called a chapiney, which they wear under their shoes. Many of them are curiously painted ; some also...
Page 47 - The ladies' shoes were of many fashions. " They have corked shoes, puisnets, pantoffles, and slippers," says Stubbs; "some of black velvet, some of white, some of green, and some of yellow, some of Spanish leather, and some of English, stitched with silk and embroidered with gold and silver all over the foot, with other gewgaws innumerable.
Page 126 - ... and here ! and here ! Just where those daisies, pinks, and violets grow . The world may find the spring by following her, For other print her airy steps ne'er left. Her treading would not bend a blade of grass, Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk ! But like the soft west wind she shot along, And where she went, the flowers took thickest root, As she had sowed them with her odorous foot.

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