Saturday, August 21, 2010

Appetitive/Reasoning: Book Curses

Appetitive and Reasoning? What would Plato say? O Zeu!

Despite any qualms Plato might have had, I thought I should share this. A friend on twitter lead me to this wonderful piece about Medieval book curses. I'm thinking of having some bookplates made with some curses in Latin and Greek. I found this one especially hostile and amusing:

"Should anyone by craft of any device whatever abstract this book from this place may his soul suffer, in retribution for what he has done, and may his name be erased from the book of the living and not recorded among the Blessed."
--attributed to a 16th-century French missal belonging to a man named Robert

To read more, visit this blog on Medieval Copy Protection.

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