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This is an auction for SPEAKING OF BOOKS: THE BEST THINGS EVER SAID ABOUT BOOKS AND BOOKS COLLECTING, edited by Rob Kaplan & Harold Rabinowitz.

Amazon.com review:

"The love of books, and the desire to speak and write of that love, are as old as books themselves. In fact, they are even older than printed books. "All the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion, unless God had provided mortals with the remedy of books," wrote Richard de Bury in The Philobiblon (The Love of Books), which was completed in 1345, more than a hundred years before Gutenberg printed his first Bible. And in every generation since de Bury's there have been new voices expressing the pleasures they take in books and reading. SPEAKING OF BOOKS contains hundreds of the best of those expressions - entertaining and thought-provoking quotations about the reading and enjoyment of -not to mention obsession with - books. The collection includes examples of bibliophilia that range across the centuries and around the globe, from ancient Chinese proverbs to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from the Bible to Woody Allen, from Jane Austen to Mark Twain, and from William Shakespeare to J. D. Salinger. Filled with insight, wisdom, and humor, SPEAKING OF BOOKS will be read with pleasure by everyone who believes, as Thomas Carlyle did, that "of the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things called books.""

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2001.

251 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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