The Love of Books: The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury
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The Love of Books: The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

By Richard de Bury
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  • THE LOVE OF BOOKS
  • THE PHILOBIBLON OF RICHARD DE BURY
    • TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH
      • BY
    • E. C. THOMAS
      • The Author of the Book The Bishop as Booklover The Bishop's Books Early Editions of the Philobiblon The Philobiblon Newly Translated
      • PREFACE
      • The Author of the Book.
      • The Bishop as Booklover.
      • The Bishop's Books.
      • Early Editions of the Philobiblon.
    • THE PHILOBIBLON NEWLY TRANSLATED
      • CONTENTS
      • Prologue
      • I That the treasure of wisdom is chiefly contained in books
      • II The degree of affection that is properly due to books
      • III What we are to think of the price in the buying of books
      • IV The complaint of books against the clergy already promoted
      • V The complaint of books against the possessioners
      • VI The complaint of books against the mendicants
      • VII The complaint of books against wars
      • VIII Of the numerous opportunities we have had of collecting a store of books
      • IX How, although we preferred the works of the ancients, we have not condemned the studies of the moderns
      • X Of the gradual perfecting of books
      • XI Why we have preferred books of liberal learning to books of law
      • XII Why we have caused books of grammar to be so diligently prepared
      • XIII Why we have not wholly neglected the fables of the poets
      • XIV Who ought to be special lovers of books
      • XV Of the advantages of the love of books
      • XVI That it is meritorious to write new books and to renew the old
      • XVII Of showing due propriety in the custody of books
      • XVIII Showeth that we have collected so great store of books for the common benefit of scholars and not only for our own pleasure
      • XIX Of the manner of lending all our books to students
      • XX An exhortation to scholars to requite us by pious prayers
      • PROLOGUE
      • CHAPTER I
      • THAT THE TREASURE OF WISDOM IS CHIEFLY CONTAINED IN BOOKS
      • CHAPTER II
      • THE DEGREE OF AFFECTION THAT IS PROPERLY DUE TO BOOKS
      • CHAPTER III
      • WHAT WE ARE TO THINK OF THE PRICE IN THE BUYING OF BOOKS
      • CHAPTER IV
      • THE COMPLAINT OF BOOKS AGAINST THE CLERGY ALREADY PROMOTED
      • CHAPTER V
      • THE COMPLAINT OF BOOKS AGAINST THE POSSESSIONERS
      • CHAPTER VI
      • THE COMPLAINT OF BOOKS AGAINST THE MENDICANTS
      • CHAPTER VII
      • THE COMPLAINT OF BOOKS AGAINST WARS
      • CHAPTER VIII
      • OF THE NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE HAD OF COLLECTING A STORE OF BOOKS
      • CHAPTER IX
      • HOW, ALTHOUGH WE PREFERRED THE WORKS OF THE ANCIENTS, WE HAVE NOT CONDEMNED THE STUDIES OF THE MODERNS
      • CHAPTER X
      • OF THE GRADUAL PERFECTING OF BOOKS
      • CHAPTER XI
      • WHY WE HAVE PREFERRED BOOKS OF LIBERAL LEARNING TO BOOKS OF LAW
      • CHAPTER XII
      • WHY WE HAVE CAUSED BOOKS OF GRAMMAR TO BE SO DILIGENTLY PREPARED
      • CHAPTER XIII
      • WHY WE HAVE NOT WHOLLY NEGLECTED THE FABLES OF THE POETS
      • CHAPTER XIV
      • WHO OUGHT TO BE SPECIAL LOVERS OF BOOKS
      • CHAPTER XV
      • OF THE ADVANTAGES OF THE LOVE OF BOOKS
      • CHAPTER XVI
      • THAT IT IS MERITORIOUS TO WRITE NEW BOOKS AND TO RENEW THE OLD
      • CHAPTER XVII
      • OF SHOWING DUE PROPRIETY IN THE CUSTODY OF BOOKS
      • CHAPTER XVIII
      • SHOWETH THAT WE HAVE COLLECTED SO GREAT STORE OF BOOKS FOR THE COMMON BENEFIT OF SCHOLARS AND NOT ONLY FOR OUR OWN PLEASURE
      • CHAPTER XIX
      • OF THE MANNER OF LENDING ALL OUR BOOKS TO STUDENTS
      • CHAPTER XX
      • AN EXHORTATION TO SCHOLARS TO REQUITE US BY PIOUS PRAYERS
      • THE END OF THE PHILOBIBLON OF MASTER RICHARD DE AUNGERVILLE, SURNAMED DE BURY, LATE BISHOP OF DURHAM THIS TREATISE WAS FINISHED IN OUR MANORHOUSE OF AUCKLAND ON THE 24TH DAY OF JANUARY, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR, THE FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR OF OUR AGE BEING EXACTLY COMPLETED, AND THE ELEVENTH YEAR OF OUR PONTIFICATE DRAWING TO AN END; TO THE GLORY OF GOD. AMEN.
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