Omni corrumpuntur et intabescunt in tempore;
Saturnus quos generat devorare non cessat;
Or if you prefer…
All things are corrupted and decay in time;Richard de Bury, Philbiblon (1345, A.D.); the epigraph to Seventy Years of Textbook Publishing 1867 – 1937, Thomas Bonaventure Lawler, Ginn and Company, Boston, 1938.
Saturn ceases not to devour the children that he generates;
all the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion,
if God had not provided mortals with the remedy of books.
From that infallible source: “[Richard de Bury] was a patron of learning and one of the first English collectors of books. He is chiefly remembered for his Philobiblon, written to inculcate in the clergy the pursuit of learning and the love of books. The “Philobiblon” is considered one of the earliest books to discuss librarianship in-depth.”
Nooo. I am not cleaning off my desk! But that was a good guess. I am cleaning the shelves of fiction, poetry, and plays (why did I have Long Days Journey into Night on the fiction shelves?) and putting away some of the books on the “un-filed” shelf. Technically, Seventy Years should be among the books about books in the living room. But is there space?
NOTE: WP is not doing what I ask. I know full-well how to format titles.