AN APOLOGY FOR THE BOOK-HUNTER
THE BOOKS OF THE COLLECTOR
Books, books again, and books once more!
These are our theme, which some miscall
Mere madness, setting little store
By copies either short or tall.
But you, O slaves of shelf and stall!
We rather write for you that hold
Patched folios dear, and prize “the small,
Rare volume, black with tarnished gold.”
Also by this same author: Books and Bookmen
Original text by Andrew Lang from the 1881 Macmillan and Co.
edition, edited and revised by D. J. McAdam 2006. This text © 2006.
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