A Rich and Noble Future

Something a bit different today, I thought I'd show you these two gift inscriptions I came across recenty:

Surely it is fitting, Grace, to offer you Pater - who possesses so divinely the "hard gemlike flame," the "ecstasy." Yours is a rich, a noble future.

Found in "The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry" by Walter Pater. Published by Macmillan and Co., 1924.

Cyril Hunt (?)

In memory of many a nice piece of haddock, many an omlette, and countless cups of tea - and the pleasant conversation which went with them.

From ?? Davis 31.5.32 

Found in "Eminent Victorians" by Lytton Strachey. Published by Chatto and Windus, 1929.

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