• You, O Books, are the golden vessels of the temple, the arms of the clerical militia with which the missiles of the most wicked are destroyed; fruitful olives, vines of Engaddi, fig-trees knowing no sterility; burning lamps to be ever held in the hand.

    Richard de Bury (2013). “Philobiblon: A Treatise on the Love of Books”, p.12, Cambridge University Press