<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=2>"The non-reading of books (is the) charecteristic of collectors....Experts will bear me out when I say it is the oldest thing in the world."
<BR>Walter Benjamin, cited in "The Reader's Quotation Book" ed. Gilbar
<BR> I think that view may be a bit of an exaggeration. But I rarely read the actual copies of books I collect. I've read Vincent Starrett's (author of "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" among others) books, but not the copies sitting on my shelf.
<BR> I think though, that one of the reasons ML survives is because it does publish a large number of those books that most people agree are worth reading for knowledge, personal growth, etc.
<BR> But darn those e-Bay auction prices!!!! If ML's sold at the time they were issued for such a premium, no one would have bought them.