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THE ENEMIES OF BOOKS

By William Blades

Revised and Enlarged by the Author

SECOND EDITION

LONDON ELLIOT STOCK, 62 PATERNOSTER ROW

1888

Transcriber's Note:

ae, L, e, < :>, OE, < / >, '0, and n "Larsen" encodes. eS = superscripted e (16th cent. english on p9 needs proofed!) denotes words in 'olde englishe font' "Emphasis" italics have a mark. Footnotes [] have not been re numbered, they are moved to EOParagraph. Greek letters are encoded in brackets, and the letters are based on Adobe's Symbol font.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

FIRE.

Libraries destroyed by Fire. Alexandrian. St. Paul's destruction of MSS., Value of. Christian books destroyed by Heathens. Heathen books destroyed by Christians. Hebrew books burnt at Cremona. Arabic books at Grenada. Monastic libraries. Colton library. Birmingham riots. Dr. Priestley's library. Lord Mansfield's books. Cowper. Strasbourg library bombarded. Offor Collection burnt. Dutch Church library damaged. Library of Corporation of London.

CHAPTER II.

WATER.

Heer Hudde's library lost at sea. Pinelli's library captured by Corsairs. MSS. destroyed by Mohammed II Books damaged by rain. Woffenbuttel. Vapour and Mould. Brown stains. Dr. Dibdin. Hot water pipes. Asbestos fire. Glass doors to bookcases.

CHAPTER III.

GAS AND HEAT.

Effects of Gas on leather. Necessitates re binding. Bookbinders. Electric light. British Museum. Treatment of books. Legend of Friars and their books.

CHAPTER IV.

DUST AND NEGLECT.

Books should have gilt tops. Old libraries were neglected. Instance of a College library. Clothes brushed in it. Abuses in French libraries. Derome's account of them. Boccaccio's story of library at the Convent of Mount Cassin.

CHAPTER V.

IGNORANCE AND BIGOTRY.

Destruction of Books at the Reformation. Mazarin library. Caxton used to light the fire. Library at French Protestant Church, St. Martin's le Grand. Books stolen. Story of books from Thonock Hall. Boke of St. Albans. Recollet Monks of Antwerp. Shakespearian "find." Black letter books used in W.C. Gesta Romanorum. Lansdowne collection. Warburton. Tradesman and rare book. Parish Register. Story of Bigotry by M. Muller. Clergymen destroy books. Patent Office sell books for waste.

CHAPTER VI.

THE BOOKWORM.

Doraston. Not so destructive as of yore. Worm won't eat parchment. Pierre Petit's poem. Hooke's account and image. Its natural history neglected. Various sorts Attempts to breed Bookworms. Greek worm. Havoc made by worms. Bodleian and Dr. Bandinel. "Dermestes." Worm won't eat modern paper. America comparatively free. Worm hole at Philadelphia.

CHAPTER VII.

OTHER VERMIN.

Black beetle in American libraries. germanica. Bug Bible. Lepisma. Codfish. Skeletons of Rats in Abbey library, Westminster. Niptus hololeucos. Tomicus Typographicus. House flies injure books.

CHAPTER VIII.

BOOKBINDERS.

A good binding gives pleasure. Deadly effects of the "plough" as used by binders. Not confined to bye gone times. Instances of injury. De Rome, a good binder but a great cropper. Books "hacked." Bad lettering Treasures in book covers. Books washed, sized, and mended. "Cases" often Preferable to re binding.

CHAPTER IX.

COLLECTORS.

Bagford the biblioclast. Illustrations torn from MSS. Title pages torn from books. Rubens, his engraved titles. Colophons torn out of books. Lincoln Cathedral Dr. Dibdin's Nosegay. Theurdanck. Fragments of MSS. Some libraries almost useless. Pepysian. Teylerian. Sir Thomas Phillipps.

CHAPTER X.

SERVANTS AND CHILDREN.

Library invaded for the purpose of dusting. Spring clean. Dust to be got rid of. Ways of doing so. Carefulness praised. Bad nature of certain books Metal clasps and rivets. How to dust. Children often injure books. Examples... Continue reading book >>




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