18 November 2013

A Noble Activity

David Mason, The Pope's Bookbinder (Windsor: Biblioasis, 2013), p. 112:
While a good part of the excitement in finding a significant book is the eventual profit, the imaginative [antiquarian book] scout comes to realize that he has a higher purpose; he is rescuing from obscurity something which has historical or aesthetic value to society. And having rescued it, his next social function is to then place it somewhere where its contribution to the record of civilization will be understood. He is serving the future by saving the past, a noble activity.
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