The battle of the books by Jonathan SwiftThe battle of the books by Jonathan Swift

The battle of the books

byJonathan Swift

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...which is a word of more concession, than the pains he was at deserved. For to the best of my memory, he never asked me for the MS. but at his own shop, or as I casually met him. Neither can I call to mind, that either he or his apprentice came once to my lodgings or to the Library for't; till the time that he sent for't by my appointment, and received it. I had said that I ordered him to tell the collator, not to lose any time, for I was shortly to go out of town for two months. Now this was to be denied by the bookseller, or else his whole deposition had signified nothing, for the blame would still lie at his own door. He resolutely affirms therefore, that no time was limited for the return of it. What can be done in this case? Here are two contrary affirmations; and the matter being done in private, neither of us have any witness. I might plead, as Aemilius Scaurus did against one Varius of Sucro. Var'tus Sucronensis ait. Aemilius Scaurus ncgat; utri creditis Quirites? I hope, upon any account, my credit will go further N than this bookseller's; especially after his manifest falsehood, in his story of the nine months. But let us inquire into the nature of the thing. Is it likely, or probable, that I should put the MS. into his hands, to be kept as long as he pleased, without any intimating that after a competent time for using it he should restore it again? They must certainly have an odd opinion of their readers, that expect to make such stuff as this pass upon them for truth. Besides, it appears upon record that I took a journey soon after the lending of it: which was not a sudden and unexpected one: for the time of my residence had been fixed six months before. I must needs know then of my intended journey, when I lent the MS. to the...
Title:The battle of the booksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217621767

ISBN - 13:9780217621762

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