Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

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Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, March 19, 1750, repr. in The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 2, no. 220, ed. Charles Strachey (1901).

Chesterfield also warned, however, "Beware of the Bibliomanie...."
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