via bookporn:Threats and Warnings on BookplatesIt was traditional, particularly before the invention of the printing press when books were all hand written manuscripts, to letter a curse into the book to prevent theft. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have worked very well, as the books also had to be chained into place. Even chains had limited effect. Witness the many ancient libraries where there are still chains in place… but no books.Here are a few examples:Thys boke is one
And God’s curse another;
They that take the one
God geve them the other.
He who steals this book
may he die the death
may he be frizzled in a pan…
This present book legible in scripture
Here in this place thus tacched with a cheyn
Purposed of entent for to endure
And here perpetuelli stylle to remeyne
Fro eyre to eyre wherfore appone peyn
Of cryst is curs of faders and of moderes
Non of hem hens atempt it to dereyne
Whille ani leef may goodeli hange with oder.
Steal not this Book my honest Friend
For fear the Galows should be your hend,
And when you die the Lord will say
And wares the Book you stole away?A variation on the same theme:Steal not this book, my worthy friend
For fear the gallows will be your end;
Up the ladder, and down the rope,
There you’ll hang until you choke;
Then I’ll come along and say -
"Where’s that book you stole away?"From the Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, a blanket curse for the entire library…(I really wish this one existed, but unfortunately, it appears that it is apocryphal — there is no monastery in San Pedro. It’s so nasty though that I include it anyway.)For him that Stealeth a Book from this Library,
Let it change into a Serpent in his hand & rend him.
Let him be struck with Palsy, & all his Members blasted.
Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy,
Let there be no Surcease to his Agony till he sink to Dissolution.
Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not,
When at last he goeth to his final Punishment,
Let the flames of hell consume him for ever & aye.”
(source: Littera Scripta).
Lew Jaffe, from Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie, shared his collection of bookplate threats and warnings done by different artists.
1. Lloyd Douglas. 2. Marion Nutt. 3. Stanley Dressler Lovegrove. 4. Malcolm M. Ferguson. 5. Philip Reed. 6. Artist unknown.
Miniature glassware by Winesiam
There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.
Interesting: Sky Movies are running these at the minute (Two Towers just ended) and I looked at D and said, “You know, part 3 of The Hobbit is only about four months away…”
And there was much rejoicing… :-)
Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman)
Axes can also be tools to fell trees and make houses or ships; spears and bows can help bring home dinner; daggers can whittle wood and cut up food: swords are one of the one of the very few “pure weapons created with just their slice-dice-make julienne fries function in mind.
Flyiing Ant day
We have them all over the back garden just at the minute, and Flying Flies everywhere else.
D & I went out walking (10,000 paces for the Good of our Health in about 26 C / 80 F and too much humidity) and were soon accompanied by our own personal flying circus. You know “Pigpen” from “Charlie Brown”? Like that.
Physical health maybe, mental health, not so much.
why he lick me
Can’t see enough to be absolutely sure, but there’s something about these cattle that says they’re neither cows nor bulls.
That makes them bullocks, so this is a bullockdog.
(Not a bollockdog, which is taller, has a longer nose and introduces itself to human males in a manner best described as “intimately snuffly” …)
WARP TO WORLD 2-2
If only I had a cat lol
Margay & Caracal
I’ve posted covers of the Game of Thrones theme on multi-tracked flutes and as a New Orleans jazz combo, but this is … different.
The Brigade of Guards Band can be surprisingly subversive. They’ve played the Star Wars Imperial March before - it’s a standard for military bands, so no surprise there - but when it was played during the State Visit of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, there was a never-confirmed subtext that it was a comment on his country’s less-than-stellar record on human rights.
I wonder if the Director of Music is like so many others, and really really wished HM had sat on the Iron Throne when she visited the set…