Monday, February 14, 2011


Books, Inside and Outside

Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His Son (January 10, O.S. 1749):
Due attention to the inside of books, and due contempt for the outside, is the proper relation between a man of sense and his books.
Id. (March 19, O.S. 1750):
Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads, for they may profit of the former. But take care not to understand editions and title-pages too well. It always smells of pedantry, and not always of learning....Beware of the Bibliomanie.

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