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A Treatise on the Love of Books


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and Libraries

  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108061438

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  • Distinguished above all for his zeal for learning, Richard de Bury (1287–1345) was an influential figure during the reign of Edward III, becoming bishop of Durham and serving on several diplomatic missions abroad, during which time he accumulated many rare works. The Philobiblon is his passionate treatise on learning and book collecting. Lodging a complaint in the voice of books themselves, Richard expresses his frank views on the current state of learning and scholarly practice. This translation, the first such into English, was prepared anonymously in 1832 by the scholar and linguist John Bellingham Inglis (1780–1870). Unlike other book collectors, Inglis was noted for actually having read the books he acquired. The present work contains a brief preface discussing previous scholarship and editions of the text, and ends with extensive notes by Inglis on the original text and his editorial decisions.

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    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108061438
    • length: 166 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.22kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. On the commendation of wisdom
    2. Showeth that books are to be preferred to riches
    3. Books ought always to be bought
    4. How much good arises from books
    5. Good professors of religion buy books
    6. In praise of the ancient, and reprehension of the modern religious mendicants
    7. Deploring the destruction of books by wars and fire
    8. Of the numerous opportunities of the author of collecting books from all quarters
    9. The ancient students surpassed the modern in fervency of learning
    10. Science grew to perfection by degrees
    11. Laws are, properly speaking, neither sciences nor books
    12. Of the utility and necessity of grammar
    13. A vindication of poetry, and its utility
    14. Of those who ought particularly to love books
    15. Of the manifold effect of the sciences which are contained in books
    16. Of writing new books and repairing old ones
    17. Of handling books in a cleanly manner, and keeping them in order
    18. The author against detractors
    19. A provident arrangement by which books may be lent to strangers
    20. The author desires to be prayed for, and notably teaches students to pray

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    Richard de Bury

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