Porson’s Bad Copies of Good Books

Recollections of the Table Talk of Samuel Richards, to which is added Porsoniana:

“The time he wasted in writing notes on the margins of books I mean, in writing them with such beauty of penmanship that they rivalled print was truly lamentable. And yet he used those very books most cruelly, whether they were his own, or belonging to others: he would let them lie about his room, covered with dust and all sorts of dirt. He said that ‘he possessed more bad copies of good books than any private gentleman in England.'”

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