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The enemies of books 20 editions

Cover of: The enemies of books by William Blades
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It is a great pity that there should be so many distinct enemies at work for the destruction of literature, and that they should so often be allowed to work out their sad end. Looked at rightly, the possession of any old book is a sacred trust, which a conscientious owner or guardian would as soon think of ignoring as a parent would of neglecting his child. An old book, whatever its subjects or merits, is truly a portion of [inter]national history; we may imitate it and print it in facsimile, but we can never exactly reproduce it; and as an historical document it should be carefully preserved.

I do not envy any man that absence of sentiment which makes some people careless of the memorials of their ancestors, and whoc blood can be warmed up only by talking of horses or the price of hops. To them solitude means ennui and anybody’s company is preferable to their own. What an immense amount of calm enjoyment and mental renovation do such men miss. Even a millionaire will add a hundred per cent to his daily pleasures if he becomes a bibliophile; while the man of business with a taste for books, who through the day has struggled in the battle of life with all its irritating rebuffs and anxieties, what a blessed season of pleasurable repose opens upon him as he enters his sanctum, where every article wafts to him a welcome, and every book is a personal friend.
added by George. "Blades' conclusion, a reverence for old books."
THERE is a sort of busy worm
That will the fairest books deform,
By gnawing holes throughout them;
Alike, through every leaf they go,
Yet of its merits naught they know,
Nor care they aught about them.

Their tasteless tooth will tear and taint
The Poet, Patriot, Sage or Saint,
Not sparing wit nor learning.
Now, if you'd know the reason why,
The best of reasons I'll supply;
'Tis bread to the poor vermin.

Of pepper, snuff, or 'bacca smoke,
And Russia-calf they make a joke.
Yet, why should sons of science
These puny rankling reptiles dread?
'Tis but to let their books be read,
And bid the worms defiance."
Page 57, added by George. "Because it's an ode to bookworms!"

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20 editions First published in 1869

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1869, E. Stock
The enemies of books.
in English
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1880, Trubner & Co.
The enemies of books
in English - 2nd ed.
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1880, Trübner & Co.
The enemies of books
in English
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1880, Trübner
The enemies of books.
in English - 2d ed.
Cover of: Les livres et leurs ennemies
1883, A. Claudin
Les livres et leurs ennemies
in French
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1888, E. Elliot Stock
The enemies of books
in English - Rev. and enl. by the author.
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1888, A.C. Armstrong
The enemies of books
Microform in English - Rev. and enl. / by the author.
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1888, E. Elliot Stock
The Enemies of Books
in English
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1888, Elliot Stock
The enemies of books.
in English - 2nd ed.
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1896, E. Stock
The enemies of books.
in English
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1896, A.C. McClurg, E. Stock
The enemies of books
in English
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1902, Elliot Stock
The enemies of books.
in English - Revised and enlarged [ed.]
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1902, E. Stock
The enemies of books
in English - Popular ed.
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April 2003, IndyPublish.com
Enemies of Books
Paperback in English
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April 2003, IndyPublish.com
Enemies of Books
Hardcover in English
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May 30, 2005, IndyPublish.com
Enemies of Books
Paperback in English
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February 28, 2006, Paperbackshop.Co.UK Ltd - Echo Library
Enemies of Books
Paperback in English
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September 11, 2007, IndyPublish
Enemies of Books
Paperback in English
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January 17, 2007, Kessinger Publishing, LLC
The Enemies Of Books
Paperback in English
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July 25, 2007, Kessinger Publishing, LLC
The Enemies Of Books
Hardcover in English

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