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THE ENEMIES OF BOOKS
By William Blades
_Revised and Enlarged by the Author_
SECOND EDITION
LONDON ELLIOT STOCK, 62 PATERNOSTER ROW
1888
Transcriber's Note:
ae, L, e, <_:>, OE, <_/_>, '0, and n "Larsen" encodes.
eS = superscripted e (16th cent. english on p9 needs proofed!)
<oe > denotes words in 'olde englishe font'
"Emphasis" _italics_ have a * mark.
Footnotes [#] have not been re-numbered, they are moved to EOParagraph.
Greek letters are encoded in <gr > brackets, and the letters are
based on Adobe's Symbol font.
CONTENTS.
CHAPTER I.
FIRE.
Libraries destroyed by Fire.--Alexandrian.--St. Paul's destruction
of MSS., Value of.--Christian books destroyed by Heathens.--Heathen
books destroyed by Christians.--Hebrew books burnt at Cremona.--Arabic
books at Grenada.--Monastic libraries.--Colton library.--Birmingham
riots.--Dr. Priestley's library.--Lord Mansfield's books.--Cowper.
--Strasbourg library bombarded.--Offor Collection burnt.--Dutch
Church library damaged.--Library of Corporation of London.
CHAPTER II.
WATER.
Heer Hudde's library lost at sea.--Pinelli's library captured
by Corsairs.--MSS. destroyed by Mohammed II--Books damaged by
rain.--Woffenbuttel.--Vapour and Mould.--Brown stains.--Dr.
Dibdin.--Hot water pipes.--Asbestos fire.--Glass doors to bookcases.
CHAPTER III.
GAS AND HEAT.
Effects of Gas on leather.--Necessitates re-binding.--Bookbinders.--Electric
light.--British Museum.--Treatment of books.--Legend of Friars and


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