NewStyleKing Posted January 5 · Member Share Posted January 5 Dry, Sarah. The Newton Papers (p. 147). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition. By Keynes’s day the first edition had become the paragon of desirability. The lust for the perfect edition—uncut pages, clean boards, the absolute minimum of wear—meant that a history of use was anathema. Ownership rather than readership was the fetish of collectors. The history of a book’s possessors, the more refined the better, added value to a book, but reading the books that one collected, and caring who might have done so in the past, was largely an irrelevance to collectors at the time. Reading could be done, but it was not necessary and, in the case of the uncut pages, inadvisable. The modern coin collector too. The disease has spread. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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