An inquiry into the nature and form of the books of the ancients; with a history of the art of bookbinding. By John Andrews Arnett


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Pagina 120 - Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and the Commons in this present Parliament assembled and by authority of the same...
Pagina 61 - Jakes, some to scour their candlesticks, and some " to rub their boots ; some they sold to the grocers " and soap-sellers, and some they sent over sea to " the bookbinders, not in small number, but at " times whole ships full, to the wondering of the
Pagina 202 - He offered me a worn-down press for two shillings, which no man 'could use, and which was laid by for the fire. I considered the nature of its construction ; bought it, and paid the two shillings. I then asked him to favour me with a hammer and a pin, which he brought with half a conquering smile, and half a sneer. I drove out the garter-pin, which, being galled, prevented the press from working, and turned another square, which perfectly cured the press. He said, in anger, "If I had known, you should...
Pagina 117 - ... since, to the great reproach of the nation, and a much greater one of our holy religion, the thievish disposition of some that enter into libraries, to learn no good there, hath made it necessary to secure the innocent books, and even the sacred volumes themselves, with chains — which are better deserved by those ill persons, who have too much learning to be hanged, and too little to be honest...
Pagina 205 - On guardian shelves, in emblem costume drest; Like gems that sparkle in the parent mine, Through crystal mediums the rich coverings shine ; Morocco flames in scarlet, blue and green, Impress'd with burnish'd gold, of dazzling sheen ; Arms deep emboss'd the owner's state declare, Test of their worth — their age — and his kind care Embalm'd in russia stands a valued pile, That time impairs not, nor vile worms defile ; Russia, exhaling from its scented pores Its saving power to these thrice-valued...
Pagina 80 - Of damas, sattin, or els of velvet pure : I keepe them sure, fearing least they should be lost, For in them is the cunning wherein I me boast.
Pagina 61 - I know a merchant man, which shall at this time be nameless, that bought the contents of two noble libraries for forty shillings price, a shame it is to be spoken.
Pagina 81 - I have here sent you, my dear sister Katherine, a book which, although it be not outwardly trimmed with gold, or the curious embroidery of the artfullest needles, yet inwardly is more worth than all the precious mines which the vast world can boast of.
Pagina 201 - I became acquainted with this shabby bookseller, and often saw him at work ; but it is a wonder, and a fact, that I never saw him perform one act but I could perform it myself ; so strong was the desire to attain the art.
Pagina 60 - Never (says he) had we been offended for the loss of our LIBRARIES, being so many in number, and in so desolate places for the more part, if the chief monuments and most notable works of our excellent writers had been reserved. If there had been in every shire of England, but one...

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