On the Permanence and Beauty of Books

“Day by day it is announced in one or more papers in some form or another that there is no need for higher-priced [substitute paper based] books, when others can be bought at the nearest draper’s or starioner’s for a few pence. As well might one say there is no need for architectural beauty or scientific stability in our buildings; no need for permanence in our arts; and no room in our lives for joy and pleasure.”

-Alexander J. Philip, The Business of Bookbinding (London: S. Paul, 1912) 10.