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Re: (Fwd) Re: Curse puts fear of God into thieving cleri

There is an amusing little book by Marc Drogin entitled "Anathema!
Medieval Scribes and the History of Book Curses."  I suggest the
offended party step back and read this tract.  As books were VERY
precious a long while ago, most monkish libraries were loath to  loan
books for fear that they would never come back.  (Most of the thieves
were probably other clergy, as precious few others could read.)
Experience lead them to inscribe their hard-written volumes with
anathema to strike terror into the hearts of potential but hopefully
god-fearing and damnation-fearing thieves, anathema similar to the
one Ton reproduced for our enjoyment.  Afterall, it came out of a
newspaper!  Can we really believe the story?  Certainly the reporter
embellished it because he has a fear of clergy.  (Wink! Wink! Nudge!
Nudge! Say no more! Say no More!)

Anathema are simply attempts at preservation of  the collections.
Certainly, a book seller has the right to protect his investment from all
manner of thieves, whether of the cloth or the balaclava.

At 07:44 PM 10/3/97 +0000, you wrote:
>This morning I sent a 'must read' message about 'Curse puts fear of
>God into thieving clerics' to the list. Below is a reply I received
>off list about that message. Apparently someone was offended by that
>message. It goes without saying that I never intended to offend
>anybody. I just considered the 'Curse puts fear of God into thieving
>clerics' message a humorous one interesting enough for the book
>community to read. Since the reply to me was send off list I erased
>the name of the sender in the forwarded message below.
>Ton Cremers
>------- Forwarded Message Follows -------
>Date:          Fri, 03 Oct 1997 07:51:00
>To:            securma@xxxxxxxxx
>Subject:       Re: Curse puts fear of God into thieving clerics
>At 07:09 AM 10/3/97 +0000, you wrote:
>>A 'must read' for the internet book community!
>>Ton Cremers
>>Curse puts fear of God into thieving clerics
>What exactly is the point of this posting, Mr. Cremers? I see no grins or
>other indications that it is not meant seriously so I assume you intend it
>as a real warning.
>None of us likes a book thief, but is it appropriate to brand the
>entire clergy--all of whom at one time or many times are customers of
>religious book stores and without whom the religious book business
>would suffer?  Is it reasonable to assume (as the headline above)
>that all book thefts from religious book stores are by clergy? I have
>no doubt that there are clergy who steal or have stolen books and I
>do not defend clergy as saints but the implication of your "must
>read" posting that clerics are more prone to stealing than other
>people is offensive.
>As a Presbyterian minister, must I now conceal my identity when I
>enter a book store so as to avoid coming under immediate suspicion
>from some book seller who has seen your diatribe?
>--------end of forwarded message------------
>I sincerely hope nobody else was offended. If so, please do accept my
>Ton Cremers
>The Museum Security Network
>or: unsubscribe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Robert J. Milevski
Preservation Librarian
Princeton University Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-258-5591; fax: 609-258-4105
email: milevski@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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