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Curse Against Book Stealers

I took this photo last year of a sidewalk sale going on in Hannover, Germany's, city center.  I travel to Hannover from Atlanta almost every month and will leave a week from today to go back.  That's why I'm doing a series of Hannover pics right now.

I'm showing this one so that I can tell you about one of the most wonderful quotes I have ever read, sent to me by a blogger friend in New Zealand:

For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members blasted. Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no surcease to his Agony till he sink in Dissolution. Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever and aye.

— Curse Against Book Stealers
Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona

I think a monk had great fun thinking that one up!  Don't you just love it!  :) 




Curse Against Book Stealers

I took this photo last year of a sidewalk sale going on in Hannover, Germany's, city center.  I travel to Hannover from Atlanta almost every month and will leave a week from today to go back.  That's why I'm doing a series of Hannover pics right now.

I'm showing this one so that I can tell you about one of the most wonderful quotes I have ever read, sent to me by a blogger friend in New Zealand:

For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members blasted. Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no surcease to his Agony till he sink in Dissolution. Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever and aye.

— Curse Against Book Stealers
Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona

I think a monk had great fun thinking that one up!  Don't you just love it!  :) 




comments (11)

a lovely capture. i love the contrast of colours.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Genevieve.
Haha. smile I really like the snap and the qoute. Very cute.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sarthak. I can't resist that quote! smile
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 27 Nov 2006, 11:15
I just love that quote. From a bookseller, yes? The picture is so fun and appealing. I want all the books, even though I'm sure I couldn't read them.
Ginnie Hart: I feel the same way about the books, Ruth. If you love books, it almost doesn't matter what they say. HA. It's the feel of the book, the size, the way it's bound, etc. I know you understand what I'm saying.

I got the quote from DreamWalker who is a librarian. I guess you could make a case for her being a bookseller! What a great quote to hang over the doors of a library, right?!
nice colors captured!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Dotun.
nice colors captured!
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Nov 2006, 21:06
Very appropriate curse, one I can relate to with my own books!

Nice shot too by the way smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ellie, for relating (I guess). smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Nov 2006, 21:35
Actually there are 2 screws loose on the cart. Like the photo and the quote. A strong curse in modern days, but if you consider how they obtained confessions in those days it is actually mild - maybe because he is a monk.
Ginnie Hart: HA. You have good eyes, Louis. I hadn't even noticed. And now you've got me thinking about this curse. Is it possible that the writer intended no humor whatsoever?!
Hi Ginnie. I just love the colours here. I like the way that the owner has just painted over the loose screws, instead of re - fastening them; kinda reminds me of the workmanship we have to put up with in Africa at times! Very well captured indeed and a great illustration of that olde world quaintness one comes across so often in Europe. Many regards, Neil.
Ginnie Hart: I love the colors, too, Neil, and was delighted there was a matching text color! smile I LOVE "that olde world quaintness one comes across so often in Europe." Well said!
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 27 Nov 2006, 22:57
really fun ginnie. i love your description on what makes a book a BOOK.

"It's the feel of the book, the size, the way it's bound, etc. I know you understand what I'm saying."

We're on the same.. page. sorry. had to. ~S.
Ginnie Hart: So sweet, Sorcha. Ruth is my sister who loves books like I do. We got it from our preacher dad who would buy old leather books for a nickel. I should have added "smell" to the list because sometimes all I need is to smell an old book and be immediately transported to another world!

HA! I like being on the same page. smile
nice composition Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sguardiamo.
  • Dreamwalker
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 28 Nov 2006, 11:15
Aaah, books!! I love this one smile
Ginnie Hart: And YOU, DW, of all people! It's because of you that I found this quote. It always gives me a big smile whenever I think of it. Hmm. Maybe I could memorize it because it's so good. My family in Michigan would love hearing it recited. smile

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, DW!!!

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