1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

William Beloe, in Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books 1 (1807) xii-xiii.



When I intimated to Mr. Malone the purpose I had in view [in Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books], with the greatest politeness he exhibited his literary curiosities to my examination, afforded me every assistance in his power, and gave me much and important information. We differed, indeed, in one point, which, I trust, however, he will easily forgive. It was part of my plan to trace and point out the progressive changes of the value of rare books; of this he did not entirely approve, thinking it might increase to professed collectors, the difficulty of acquiring them. I confess, this did not appear to me an argument of sufficient weight to induce me to deviate from the plan I had adopted.