This antiquarian book comprises a collection of forty-one essays written by the famous Anglo-French writer and historian, Hilaire Belloc. Full of Belloc's hallmark Dickensian wit, this collection of interesting and insightful essays will appeal to fans and collectors of his work, and would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf. The essays of this compendium include: "On Weighing Anchor", "The Reveillon", "On Cheeses", "The Captain of Industry", "The Inventor", "The Views of England", "The Lunatic", "The Inheritance of Humour", "The Old Gentleman's Opinions", "On Historical Evidence", "The Absence of the Past", etcetera. Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc (1870 - 1953) was one of the most prolific writers in England in the early-twentieth century. His famous works include: "The Liberal Tradition" (1897), "The Young Napoleon" (1905), and "Contemporary France" (1906). We are republishing this vintage work now in an affordable, modern edition, complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.