Monday, July 23, 2007


Born Again

Holbrook Jackson, Anatomy of Bibliomania, Part XV (The Origin of a Species), V (Men Who Become Books: Biblianthropus Defined):
On that note I close this volume and affirm that bookmen, men of letters, students, and all manner of passionate readers are a species apart finding their sustenance in the printed word as plants imbibe air and fishes animalculae; they do not look upon life with their own eyes, but through the eyes of books as through an optical glass, magnifying, intensifying, distorting or glorifying, according as they fancy it; or sometimes they eschew all common affairs and use books as kaleidoscopes to make for their own delight fantastic patterns which they use as substitutes for life. They become natives of a world of books, creatures of the printed word, and in the end cease to be men, as, by a gradual metastasis, they are resolved into bookmen: twice-born, first of woman (as every man) and then of books, and, by reason of this, unique and distinct from the rest.
William Vallicella, the Maverick Philosopher, gives us glimpses of the books on the shelves of his study. On the second photograph from the top on the right I see some volumes of the Loeb Classical Library, including Aristotle, Diogenes Laertius, and Marcus Aurelius.

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