Thursday, August 23, 2007

Catchy!

o illustrate the way times have changed in the publishing industry, I thought I'd share a title from a treatise that came hot off the presses back in 1591. Let's just say that back then, you really could judge a book by its cover.

Imagine an Elizabethan couple settling down for bed. The husband picks up a book from his bedside table and cracks it open. His better half asks, "Bartholomew, what tome readest thou now?"

He replies, "Oh, just something I picked up yesterday from the bookseller near St Paul's Cross, called A Plaine refutation of M. G. Giffordes reprochful booke, intituled a short treatise against the Donatists of England. Wherein is discovered the forgery of the whole Ministrie, the confusion, false worship, and antichristian disorder of these Parish assemblies, called the Church of England. Here also is prefixed a summe of the causes of our seperation, and of our purposes in practise, which M. Giffard hath twise sought to confute, and hath now twise received answere, by Henrie Barrowe. Here is furder annexed a briefe refutation of M. Giff. supposed consimilituda betwixt the Donatists and us. Wherein is shewed how his Arguments have bene & may be by the Papists more iustly retorted against himself & the present estate of their Church, by I. Gren. Here also are inserted a fewe observations of M. Giff. his cavils about read prayer and devised Leitourgies."

4 comments:

GUNNY said...

Fast-forward to 2007 ...

"Bart, whatcha readin' in that there book?"

He replies, "Jabez for Dummies."

H.C. Ross said...

Good one, Eric! (You could've also said "Your Best Life Now!")

GUNNY said...

Yes, that might have been too silly!

Better go find my misplaced WWJD? bracelet ... so I'm not "left behind."

; - )

Bridges said...

Conversation on a 16th century street:

Bart: Pardon me, boot black. Have you read A Plaine refutation of M. G. Giffordes reprochful booke, intituled a short treatise against the Donatists of England. Wherein is discovered the forgery of the whole Ministrie, the confusion, false worship, and antichristian disorder... yet.

Ephraim the Cobbler: I'm not sure. Is that the whole title?

Bart: No, how silly of me! "...of these Parish assemblies, called the Church of England. Here also is prefixed a summe of the causes of our seperation, and of our purposes in practise, which M. Giffard hath twise sought to confute, and hath now twise received answere, by Henrie Barrowe. Here is furder annexed a briefe refutation of M. Giff. supposed consimilituda betwixt the Donatists and us. Wherein is shewed how his Arguments have bene & may be by the Papists more iustly retorted against himself & the present estate of their Church, by I. Gren. Here also are inserted a fewe observations of M. Giff. his cavils about read prayer and devised Leitourgies."

Ephraim the Cobbler: Was that 'furder' or 'further'?

Bart: 'furder'

Ephraim: Actually, I cannot read sire.

Bart: This is awkward.

The end.

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