On the Care of Books

“Books are like children in more ways than one; in their response to care and attention in early life, for one thing, and in their response to heredity and environment, for another…The book’s early life will be happier, its maturity longer, its final disappearance more distant if, like the child, it has found its lines cast among kindly and sympathetic friends and parents. Hygienic living conditions, proper prophylaxis, prevention of disease, are for both more important than medication or drugs. Thoughtful and skillful attention by competent, well trained, experienced physicians and surgeons is necessary for both.”
-Henry Miller Lydenberg & John Archer in The Care and Repair of Books

I just found this amusing. Throughout the book the author’s tones appear informational and witty; just enough to keep the reader interested.


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