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Big Sea

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Langston Hughes's first volume of autobiography (1940) covers the years of his life from his birth in 1902 to the spring of 1931. Fundamentally episodic, The Big Sea is a succession of ...

Big Sea, The

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...Big Sea, The . Langston Hughes 's first volume of autobiography ( 1940 ) covers the years of his life from his birth in 1902 to the spring of 1931 . Fundamentally episodic, The Big Sea is a succession of brief chapters, written in deceptively simple prose, that recount various adventures through which Hughes had passed during his formative years in Kansas, Illinois, and Ohio; his extended stays with his father in Mexico; his unhappy year at Columbia University; his discovery of Harlem and his visit to Africa and Europe; a year among the black...

Big Sea

Big Sea  

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Langston Hughes's first volume of autobiography (1940) covers the years of his life from his birth in 1902 to the spring of 1931. Fundamentally episodic, The Big Sea is a succession of brief ...
5 The European Medieval Book

5 The European Medieval Book   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...law included huge compilations of papal or episcopal letters known as decretals, of which the best-known collections circulated under the names of Popes Gregory IX ( 1234 ), Boniface VIII ( 1298 ), and Clement V ( 1317 ). With notable exceptions, university MSS are often big, chunky volumes, written on brownish parchment in highly compressed and abbreviated book-hands, decorated with simple trailing initials in red and blue, and with wide margins crammed with readers’ notes and glosses. Some have small sparkling illuminations, evidently by professional...

28 The History of the Book in Italy

28 The History of the Book in Italy   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...folio represented only 12 per cent, *quarto 58 per cent, and octavo the rest; in Rome, folio stood at 15 per cent, quarto 68 per cent, octavo 17 per cent, while many items there were orations confined to a single sheet of paper or less. In other words, most Venetian books were big and those of other centres were conversely small. Although the distribution of books has been much disturbed over the course of centuries, censuses of 15 th -century books conducted in outlying European districts show the extent of Venice’s penetration: 23 per cent of *incunabula ...

Entada

Entada  

(family Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosoideae)A genus of shrubs and big, woody climbers, several of which have gigantic flat pods, up to 2 m long. The seeds are big and flat, and are often carried by sea ...
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staghorn  

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A metal bollard with horizontal arms forming the shape of a cross, fitted in big ships as a means of belaying larger hawsers.
Round Top

Round Top  

The name of two prominences on the battlefield of Gettysburg (1863). Big Round Top is 785 feet above sea level and Little Round Top is 650 feet. Both were strategic ...
Caspian Sea

Caspian Sea  

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Named after the ancient Caspii who lived on its southwestern shores, the Caspian is the world’s largest inland body of water. Geographically it is a lake, but it is big ...
armstrong patent

armstrong patent  

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A slang expression used in the big trading sailing ships, such as the clipper, around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. It indicated that a ship was not fitted with ...
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passat  

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The German name, dating from the mid-16th century, for the north-east trade wind which blows in the North Atlantic. This was the wind which helped Christopher Columbus in his first voyage to the West ...
spanker

spanker  

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The fore-and-aft sail set from the mizzen of square-rigged ships, usually with a gaff and a boom. Although used for propulsion, the principal function of the spanker is to aid the ship in manoeuvre ...
Mae West

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A large parachute spinnaker used by large racing yachts, particularly the Big Class, during the 1930s. It acquired this nickname from the large swelling curve it took up when filled with wind, ...
Big Class

Big Class  

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The generic name given to the largest racing yachts which raced together on handicap on the British regatta circuit between the two world wars. It included Britannia, which really brought the class ...
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An office first established in England in 1391 when Edward, Earl of Rutland, was appointed Admiral of England, uniting the offices of Admiral of the North and Admiral of the South, instituted some 90 ...
Mawu and the Earth That Became Unwieldy

Mawu and the Earth That Became Unwieldy  

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(Fon/Benin)Each of the three main pantheons, sky (Mawu-Lisa), earth-smallpox (Shapata), and water-thunder (Sogbo), has certain common characteristics. Each one is headed by deities who are ...
J-class yachts

J-class yachts  

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Racing yachts built during the inter-war period to the American Universal Rule. They were 23–6 metres (75–87 ft) on the waterline, and so conformed to the New York Yacht Club's J-class. As a generic ...
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A name used to describe an officer apprentice in a merchant shipping line, possibly because in most shipowning companies the apprentices wore caps with a thin gold lace binding round them. The ...
foresail

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Generic name for the sails that are set on the forestays of a sailing vessel forward of its foremost mast. However, a big boy or blooper, a light-weather foresail used by racing yachts, is flown ...
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The prefix, short for Royal Mail Ship, placed before the name of a British merchant ship with a licence to carry the Royal Mails. It was the granting of mail licences to commercial shipowners during ...
to run the easting down

to run the easting down  

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An expression which refers to the long easterly passage from the Cape of Good Hope to Australia between the latitudes of 40° and 50° S., in the area known as the Roaring Forties. It originally ...

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