Sunday Book-Thought 21Posted: March 8, 2015
This is what the printing presses do: they corrupt susceptible hearts. This silly asses do not see this, and brutes rejoice in the fraudulent title of teachers, exalting themselves with a song like this (be so good as to listen): ‘O good citizen, rejoice: your city is well stuffed with books. For a small sum, men turn themselves into doctors in three years. Let thanks be rendered to the printers!’ Any uncultured person without Latin bawls these things.
– Filippo de Strata (as presented in Andrew Pettegree’s The Book in the Renaissance)