Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Contra Bibliopolas

George Wither (1588-1667), The Schollers Pvrgatory, in his Miscellaneous Works, Vol. I (Spenser Society, 1872), p. 29:
Good God! how many dung-botes full of fruitles Volumnes doe they yearely foyst vpon his Maiesties subiectes, by lying Titles, insinuations, and disparaging of more profitable Books! how many hundred reames of foolish prophane and sensles Ballads do they quarterly disperse abroade? And howe many thousande poundes doe they yearely picke out of the purses of ignorant people, who refer the Choyce of their books to the discreations and honesties of these men!

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