bibliopoetry – Ballads of Books

edited by Brander Matthews
Published 1899
Dodd, Mead & Co.
174 pages

available to download in its entirety from Google Books

Ben Jonson
“To My Bookseller”

THOU that mak’st gain thy end, and wisely well,
Call’st a book good, or bad, as it doth sell,
Use mine so too ; I give thee leave ; but crave,
For the luck’s sake, it thus much favor have,
To lie upon thy stall, till it be sought ;
Not offered, as it made suit to be bought ;
Nor have my title-leaf on posts or walls,
Or in cleft-sticks, advanced to make calls
For termers, or some clerk-like serving-man,
Who scarce can spell thy hard names ; whose knight less can.
If without these vile arts it will not sell,
Send it to Bucklersbury, there ‘t will well.

[image thanks to Sarah’s Books blog]

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