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 27 - Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Page 7 - 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 10 - ... Noah and the ladder of Jacob, and the troughs by which the young of those who look therein are coloured ; ye are the stones of testimony and the pitchers holding the lamps of Gideon, the scrip of David, from which the smoothest stones are taken for the slaying of Goliath. Ye are the golden vessels of the temple, the arms of the soldiers of the Church with which to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, fruitful olives, vines of Engadi, fig-trees that are never barren, burning lamps always...
Page 69 - Admirable Minerva seems to bend her course to all the nations of the earth, and reacheth from end to end mightily, that she may reveal herself to all mankind. We see that she has already visited the Indians, the Babylonians, the Egyptians and Greeks, the Arabs and the Romans. Now she has passed by Paris, and now has happily come to Britain, the most noble of islands, nay, rather a microcosm in itself, that she may show herself a debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians.
Page 52 - 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 105 - You may happen to see some headstrong youth lazily lounging over his studies and, when the winter's frost is sharp, his nose running from the nipping cold drips down, nor does he think of wiping it with his pockethandkerchief until he has bedewed the book before him with the ugly moisture. Would that he had before him no book but a cobbler's apron! His nails are stuffed with fetid filth as black as jet, with which he marks any passage that pleases him.
Page 6 - ... 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 9 - 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 8 - ... 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...
Page 41 - ... people commonly report, whom having professed, you do not instruct in doctrines by compulsion and fear as their age requires, but maintain them to go upon beggarly excursions, and suffer them to consume the time in which they might learn, in catching at the favours of their friends, to the offence of their parents, the danger of the boys, and the detriment of the Order.

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