‘… the Isabella; a kind of whitish-yellow-dingy.’

Something compelled us to revisit Spamula.net, home of the incredible Giornale Nuovo, a short-lived weblog that lives on as the closest approximation the internet has to a dusty old book, forgotten on a distant library shelf, offering up unceasing wonders to those who find it. For example, we’d never visited the entire subsite devote to Isaac D’Israeli’s Curiosities of Literature, ‘a compilation of book-lore whose first volume was issued in 1791, with further instalments added in 1793, 1807, 1817 and 1823.’ Every page is rich with miscellany: Anecdotes of Fashion

Fashions have frequently originated from circumstances as silly as the following one. Isabella, daughter of Philip II. and wife of the Archduke Albert, vowed not to change her linen till Ostend was taken; this siege, unluckily for her comfort, lasted three years; and the supposed colour of the archduchess’s linen gave rise to a fashionable colour, hence called L’Isabeau, or Something compelled us to revisit Spamula.net, home of the incredible Giornale Nuovo, a short-lived weblog that lives on as the closest approximation the internet has to a dusty old book, forgotten on a distant library shelf, offering up unceasing wonders to those who find it. For example, we’d never visited the entire subsite devote to Isaac D’Israeli’s Curiosities of Literature, ‘a compilation of book-lore whose first volume was issued in 1791, with further instalments added in 1793, 1807, 1817 and 1823.’ Every page is rich with miscellany: Anecdotes of Fashion

Fashions have frequently originated from circumstances as silly as the following one. Isabella, daughter of Philip II. and wife of the Archduke Albert, vowed not to change her linen till Ostend was taken; this siege, unluckily for her comfort, lasted three years; and the supposed colour of the archduchess’s linen gave rise to a fashionable colour, hence called L’Isabeau, or the Isabella; a kind of whitish-yellow-dingy.

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