The Love of Books: The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

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Alexander Moring, the De la More Press, 1903 - Book collecting - 141 pages

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Page 53 - The great discoverer's pleasure at the university of Paris corresponds to that of visitors to Oxford in later years. " There," he says, "are delightful libraries, more aromatic than stores of spicery ; there are luxuriant parks of all manner of volumes ; there are Academic meads shaken by the tramp of scholars ; there are lounges of Athens ; walks of the Peripatetics ; peaks of Parnassus ; and porches of the Stoics. There is seen the surveyor of all Arts and Sciences, Aristotle, to whom belongs all...
Page 104 - And it came to pass when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished ; that Moses commanded the Levites which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your GOD, that it may be there for a witness against thee.
Page 5 - In books I find the dead as if they were alive ; in books I foresee things to come ; in books warlike affairs are set forth ; from books come forth the laws of peace. All...
Page v - Upon the accession of his royal pupil to the throne, he was first appointed cofferer, then treasurer of the wardrobe, archdeacon of Northampton, prebendary of Lincoln, Sarum, and Lichfield, keeper of the privy seal, dean of Wales, and, last of all, bishop of Durham.
Page 50 - In fact, the fame of our love of them had been soon winged abroad everywhere, and we were reported to burn with such desire for books, and especially old ones, that it was more easy for any man to gain our favour by means of books than of money.
Page 102 - does not fear to eat fruit or cheese over an open book, or carelessly to carry a cup to and from his mouth ; and because he has no wallet at hand he drops into books the fragments that are left.
Page 4 - ... or perhaps have fed swine with the prodigal son. Where then, most potent, most longed-for treasure, art thou concealed ? and where shall the thirsty soul find thee ? Undoubtedly, indeed, thou hast placed thy desirable tabernacle in books...
Page 7 - They are masters who instruct us without rod or ferule, without angry words, without clothes or money. If you come to them they are not asleep ; if you ask and inquire of them they do not withdraw themselves ; they do not chide if you make mistakes ; they do not laugh at you if you are ignorant.
Page 6 - ... sense, to the sight when read, to the hearing when heard : it moreover, in a manner commends itself to the touch, when submitting to be transcribed, collated, corrected, and...

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