|The Poetical Vagaries of a Knight of the Folding-Stick of Paste-Castle... Gotham, 1815. Rosenbach A 815p.|
"May rats and mice devour your paste,
Your paper and your leather,
May your hand letters be defac'd,
Your types all mix'd together...
May your lying presses all get broke,
Your books be wrong colated,
And may you with foul charcoal smoke,
Be almost suffocated.
May your apprentices run away,
Your business be diminish'd,
And may booksellers never pay
You when your work is finish'd.
God grant that you distress'd may be,
From Constable to beadles,
And live till you can't feel or see,
Your presspins from your needles.
Perhaps not surprisingly, contemporary binders have had a lot of fun creating playful modern bindings for this book, for which you can see two examples here and here.
Patrick Rodgers is a curator at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.