• Books are never out of humour; never envious or jealous, they answer all questions with readiness; ... they teach us how to live and how to die; they dispel melancholy by their mirth, and amuse by their wit; they prepare the soul to suffer everything and desire nothing; they introduce us to ourselves.

    Holbrook Jackson (1950). “The Anatomy of Bibliomania”, p.85, University of Illinois Press