July 14, 2006

Now You Tell Me: "Touch Not, Taste Not, Handle Not"

From here:

HAWES, Joel, D.D. Lectures to Young Men, on the Formation of Character, &c. Originally Addressed to the Young Men of Hartford and New Haven, and Published at Their United Request. With an Additional Lecture on Reading. Hartford: Wm. Jas. Hamersley, 1851.

Later printing, first published in 1829. 12mo, contemporary blind- and gilt-stamped blue cloth, a.e.g. 128 pp. Spine ends slightly worn, some soiling to the binding, contemporary and later ownership notes on the flyleaf, but overall about very good.

A fairly dour volume of admonition and advice. In the chapter on reading the author cautions us to watch what we read, especially during the "spring season of life" (for him that was age fourteen to twenty-one), because, as he says, "A person may be ruined by reading a single volume." His advice about novels is "touch not, taste not, handle not." [5510] $40

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