Books: Hair Apparent

BEARDS (310 pp.)—Reginald Reynolds —Doubleday ($3).

Where are the beards of yesteryear—the "Spade," the "Tile," the "Uncle Sam," the "Van Dyke," the "Piccadilly Weeper," the "Cathedral?" Where is the like of Huguenot Admiral de Coligny's beard, which served as a pincushion for the admiral's toothpicks? Where is the beaver of iyth Century Bishop Camus of Bellai—a growth so formidable that he used to split it up, as an aid to memory, into the necessary sections and subsections of his sermons? And where is the beard of Austrian Burgomaster Hans Steininger—the one in which he caught his toe, tripped and broke his neck?...

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