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14 The princeps copy, clad in blue and gold.

Now go, write it before them in a table, and JOHN FERRIARBibliomania.

note it in a book.

Isaiah. XXX. 8. Now cheaply bought, for thrice their weight in gold.

Oh that my words were now written! oh that JOHN FERRIARBibliomania.

they were printed in a book!

Job. XIX. 23.
How pure the joy when first my hands unfold
The small

, rare volume, black with tarnished gold.

My desire is . that mine adversary had

written a book. JOHN FERRIAR—Bibliomania.

Job. XXXI. 35. Learning hath gained most by those books by which the Printers have lost.

A man will turn over half a library to make FULLERHoly and the Profane State. Of

one book. Books.

SAMUEL JOHNSONBoswell's Life of Johnson.

(1775) Some Books are onely cursorily to be tasted of. FULLERHoly, and the Profane State. Of Blest be the hour wherein I bought this book; Books. (See also BACON)

His studies happy that composed the book,

And the man fortunate that sold the book. Books are necessary to correct the vices of BEN JONSONEvery man out of his Humour. the polite; but those vices are ever changing,

Act I. Sc. 1. and the antidote should be changed accordingly -should still be new.

Pray thee, take care, that tak’st my book in GOLDSMITH Citizen of the World. Letter hand, LXXII.

To read it well; that is to understand.

BEN JONSON—Epigram 1.. In proportion as society refines, new books must ever become more necessary.

When I would know thee * GOLDSMITH-Citizen of the World. Letter

my thought

looks LXXII.

Upon thy well-made choice of friends and books;

Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends I armed her against the censures of the world;

In making thy friends books, and thy books showed her that books were sweet unreproach- friends. ing companions to the miserable, and that if

BEN JONSONEpigram 86. they could not bring us to enjoy life, they would at least teach us to endure it. GOLDSMITH-Vicar of Wakefield. Ch. XXII.

Quicquid agunt homines, votum, timor, ira, voluptas, gaudia, discursus, nostri est farrago

libelli. I have ever gained the most profit, and the

The doings of men, their prayers, fear, most pleasure also, from the books which have

wrath, pleasure, delights, and recreations, are made me think the most: and, when the diffi

the subject of this book. culties have once been overcome, these are the JUVENALSatires. I. I. 85. books which have struck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding. but likewise in my affections.

In omnibus requiem quæsivi J. C. AND A. W. HARE-Guesses at Truth.

Et non inveni P. 458.

Nisi seorsim sedans

In angulo cum libello. Thou art a plant sprung up to wither never,

Everywhere I have sought rest and found it But, like a laurell, to grow green forever.

not except sitting apart in a nook with a little HERRICKHesperides. To His Booke.


Written in an autograph copy of THOMAS À. The foolishest book is a kind of leaky boat on

KEMPIS's De Imitatione, according to COR

NELIUS A. LAPIDE (Cornelius van den a sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow.

Steen), a Flemish Jesuit of the 17th century, HOLMESThe Poet at the Breakfast-Table. XI.

who says he saw this inscription. At Zwoll is a picture of à Kempis with this inscrip

tion, the last clause being “in angello cum Dear little child, this little book

libello"-in a little nook with a little book. Is less a primer than a key

In angellis et libellis in little nooks (cells) To sunder gates where wonder waits

and little books. Given in KING–Classical Your "Open Sesame!”

Quotations as being taken from the preface RUPERT HUGHES—With a First Reader.

of De Imitatione.

(See also WILSON)
Medicine for the soul.
Inscription over the door of the Library at Every age hath its book.
Thebes. Diodorus Siculus. I. 49. 3.

Koran. Ch. XIII.









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Leaving us heirs to amplest heritages
Of all the best thoughts of the greatest sages,
And giving tongues unto the silent dead!
LONGFELLOW-Sonnet on Mrs. Kemble's Read-

ing from Shakespeare.


Books are sepulchres of thought.

LONGFELLOW—Wind Over the Chimney. St. 8.


Deep vers'd in books, and shallow in himself.

MILTONParadise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 327.

19 Un livre est un ami qui ne trompe jamais.

A book is a friend that never deceives.

Within that awful volume lies
The mystery of mysteries!

SCOTT-The Monastery. Vol. I. Ch. XII.

Distrahit animum librorum multitudo.

A multitude of books distracts the mind.
SENECA-Epistolæ Ad Lucilium. II. 3.






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All books are either dreams or swords,
You can cut, or you can drug, with words.
My swords are tempered for every speech,
For fencing wit, or to carve a breach
Through old abuses the world condones.

AMY LOWELL-Sword Blades and Poppy Seed. 9

If I were asked what book is better than a cheap book, I would answer that there is one book better than a cheap book, and that is a book honestly come by. LOWELL-Before the U. S. Senate Committee on

Patents, Jan. 29, 1886.

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Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnished me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.

The Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 165.




And deeper than did ever plummet sound,
I'll drown my book.

The Tempest. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 56.
And in such indexes (although small pricks .
To their subsequent volumes) there is seen
The baby figure of the giant mass
Of things to come at large.

Troilus and Cressida. Act I. Sc. 3.

5 Their books of stature small they take in hand, Which with pellucid horn secured are; To save from finger wet the letters fair. SHENSTONE—The Schoolmistress. St. 18.

(See also TICKELL) You shall see them on a beautiful quarto page, where a neat rivulet of text shall me ander through a meadow of margin. SHERIDAN-School for Scandal. Act I. Sc. 1.

(See also TICKELL)
Nor wyll suffer this boke
By hooke ne by crooke

Printed to be.
SKELTON-Duke of Clout.



But every page having an ample marge,
And every marge enclosing in the midst
A square of text that looks a little blot.
TENNYSON-Idylls of the King. Merlin and
Vivien. L. 669.

(Se also TICKELL)
Thee will I sing in comely wainscot bound
And golden verge enclosing thee around;
The faithful horn before, from age to age
Preserving thy invulnerable page.
Behind thy patron saint in armor shines
With sword and lance to guard the sacred lines;
Th' instructive handle's at the bottom fixed
Lest wrangling critics should pervert the text.


They are for company the best friends, in Doubt's Counsellors, in Damps Comforters, Time's Prospective the Home Traveller's Ship or Hors the busie Man's best Recreation, the Opiate of idle Weariness, the Mindes best Ordinary, Nature's Garden and Seed-plot of Immortality.

BULSTRODE WHITELOCK_Zootamia, O for a Booke and a shadie nooke, eyther in-a

doore or out; With the grene leaves whisp'ring overhede,

or the Streete cries all about. Where I maie Reade all at my ease,

both of the Newe and Olde; For a jollie goode Booke whereon to looke,

is better to me than Golde. JOHN WILSON. Motto in his second-hand book

catalogues. Claimed for him by AUSTIN DOBSON. Found in SIR JOHN LUBBOCK'S Pleasures of Life and IRELAND's Enchiridion, where it is given as an old song. (See Notes and Queries, Nov. 1919, P. 297, for discussion of authorship.)

Books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good: Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and

blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.

WORDSWORTH-Poetical Works. Personal Talk.




Some books are drenched sands,
On which a great soul's wealth lies all in

Like a wrecked argosy.

ALEXANDER SMITH-A Life Drama. Sc. 2. 9

When St. Thomas Aquinas was asked in what manner a man might best become learned, he answered, “By reading one book.” The homo unius libri is indeed proverbially formidable to all conversational figurantes. SOUTHEYThe Doctor. P. 164.

(See also AQUINAS) Go, little Book! From this my solitude

I cast thee on the Waters,-go thy ways:
And if, as I believe, thy vein be good,

The World will find thee after many days.
Be it with thee according to thy worth:
Go, little Book; in faith I send thee forth.
SOUTHEY-Lay of the Laureate. L'Envoy.

(See also BUNYAN) Books, the children of the brain.

SWIFT-Tale of a Tub. Sec. I.





Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books,

Or surely you'll grow double; Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks; Why all this toil and trouble? WORDSWORTHThe Tables Turned.

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Who goeth a borrowing
Goeth a sorrowing:
Few lend (but fools)
Their working tools.
TUSSER—Five Hundred Points of Good Hus-

bandry. September's Abstract. First lines
also in June's Abstract.


Again I hear that creaking step!

He's rapping at the door!
Too well I know the boding sound

That ushers in a bore.

J. G. SAXE-My Familiar.
He says a thousand pleasant things,

But never says “Adieu."
J. G. Saxe-My Familiar.

O, he's as tedious
As is a tird horse, a railing wife;
Worse than a smoky house; I had rather live
With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,
Than feed on cates, and have him talk to me,
In any summer-house in Christendom.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. I. L. 159.


BOSTON 18 A Boston man is the east wind made flesh.


19 The sea returning day by day

Restores the world-wide mart.
So let each dweller on the Bay

Fold Boston in his heart
Till these echoes be choked with snows
Or over the town blue ocean flows.

EMERSON--Boston. St. 20.


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He who prefers to give Linus the half of what he wishes to borrow, rather than to lend him the whole, prefers to lose only the half.

MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. I. Ep. 75.

You give me back, Phæbus, my bond for four hundred thousand sesterces; lend me rather a hundred thousand more. Seek some one else to whom you may vaunt your empty present: what I cannot pay you, Phæbus, is my own.

MARTIALEpigrams. Bk. LX. Ep. 102. 12

I have granted you much that you asked: and yet you never cease to ask of me. He who refuses nothing, Atticilla, will soon have nothing to refuse.

MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. XII. Ep. 79. The borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs. XXII. 7.

A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead;
They followed still his crooked way
And lost a hundred years a day;
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.

SAM WALTER FossThe Calf-Path.

Boston State-house is the hub of the solar system. You couldn't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crow-bar. HOLMES--Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. VI.

(See also ZINCKLE)



A solid man of Boston;
A comfortable man with dividends,
And the first salmon and the first green peas.
LONGFELLOW-New England Tragedies. John

Endicott. Act IV.

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The god-like hero sate
On his imperial throne:

His valiant peers were placed around,
Their brows with roses and with myrtles bound

(So should desert in arms be crowned).
The lovely Thais, by his side,
Sate like a blooming Eastern bride
In flower of youth and beauty's pride.

Happy, happy, happy pair!

None but the brave,

None but the brave, None but the brave deserve the fair. DRYDEN–Alexander's Feast. St. 1. (See also Ovid; also BURNS and COLLIER under




Hoch klingt das Lied vom braven Mann,
Wie Orgelton und Glockenklang;
Wer hohes Muths sich rühmen kann
Den lohnt nicht Gold, den lohnt Gesang.
Song of the brave, how thrills thy tone

As when the Organ's music rolls;
No gold rewards, but song alone,

The deeds of great and noble souls. BÜRGER—Lied von Braven Mann.

Then rush'd to meet the in foe:
They took the spear, but left the shield.
PHILIP FRENEAUTo the Memory of the Brave

Americans who fell at Eutaw Springs.
(See also SCOTT—Marmion. Introd. to

Canto III)


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