Books and libraries, a lecture


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Seite 6 - Dreams, books, are each a world ; and 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.
Seite 63 - Monophysite controversy were indeed consumed in the public baths, a philosopher may allow, with a smile, that it was ultimately devoted to the benefit of mankind. I sincerely regret the more valuable libraries which have been involved in the ruin of the Roman empire; but, when I seriously compute the lapse of ages, the waste of ignorance, and the calamities of war, our treasures, rather than our losses, are the object of my surprise.
Seite 22 - Take ' care that you do not part with your library to any man, how ' eager soever he may be to buy it ; for I am setting apart all my • little rents to purchase that relief for my old age.
Seite 9 - In my conceyt to have them ay in hand : But what they meane do I not understande. But yet I have them in great reverence, And honour, saving them from filth and ordure, By often brushing, and much diligence : Full goodly...
Seite 60 - these writings of the Greeks agree With the Koran, they are useless, and need not be preserved; if they disagree, they are pernicious and ought to be destroyed.
Seite 71 - Versailles went on, like the greater world before the deluge, eating and drinking, marrying or not marrying, until the flood came and swept them from the face of the earth.
Seite 60 - Who was the first of all to establish a public library ; and how many books there were in the public libraries at Athens before the Persian invasions. THE tyrant Pisistratus is said to have been the first to establish at Athens a public library of books relating to the liberal arts. Then the Athenians themselves added to this collection with considerable diligence and care ; but later Xerxes, when he got possession of Athens and burned the entire city except the citadel,2 removed that whole collection...
Seite 9 - The cause is plaine and easy to discerne, Still am I busy, bookes assembling, For to have plentie it is a...
Seite 72 - They have been published, in 17 vols, folio. It was in defence of Thomas Aquinas that Henry VIII. composed the book which procured him from the pope the title of Defender of the Faith.
Seite 44 - ... the psalms, adorned with beautiful initial letters and with the proper rubrics in red, has been given this form artificially by means of a contrivance for printing and inscribing without any use of a pen, and laboriously brought to completion for the service of God by Johann Fust, citizen of Mainz, and Peter Schoeffer of Gernsheim in the year of our Lord 1457 on the Eve of the Assumption

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