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'The Ten of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Ten of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Seven of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Seven of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Four of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Four of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Eight of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Eight of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Foolish Bibliomaniac' gothic woodcut from DAS NARRENSCHIFF (1494) / The Ship of Fools by Sebastian BRANT (Author. Germany, 1457-1521) via Project Gutenberg.  "I have but one pleasure. To have a huge amount of books tho I learn nothing from them - not wisdom, insight or the will of God. Then I despise them.  Thus I am a fool as are all that wear this guise." [OE trans/interpretation by pfb] Brandt bio & book summary:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Brant Complete text at link.

'The Foolish Bibliomaniac' gothic woodcut from DAS NARRENSCHIFF (1494) / The Ship of Fools by Sebastian BRANT (Author. Germany, 1457-1521) via Project Gutenberg. "I have but one pleasure. To have a huge amount of books tho I learn nothing from them - not wisdom, insight or the will of God. Then I despise them. Thus I am a fool as are all that wear this guise." [OE trans/interpretation by pfb] Brandt bio & book summary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Brant Complete text at link.

'The King of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The King of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Two of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Two of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

Jost Amman, Charta lusoria, 1588

Jost Amman, Charta lusoria, 1588

'The Three of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Three of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Lower Knave of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

'The Lower Knave of Books', coloured woodcut from Jost Amman's 'Charta lusoria...

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