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This book belongs to none but me
For there's my name inside to see.
To steal this book, if you should try,
It's by the throat that you'll hang high.
And ravens then will gather 'bout
To find your eyes and pull them out.
And when you're screaming "Oh, Oh, Oh!"
Remember, you deserved this woe.
A medieval warning written by a German scribe

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For him that stealeth,
or borroweth and returneth not,
this book from its owner . . .
let him be struck with palsy,
& all his members blasted. . . .
Let bookworms gnaw his entrails
in token of the Worm that dieth not,
& when at last he goeth to his final punishment,
let the flames of Hell consume him forever.
Anathema in a medieval manuscript from
the Monastery of San Pedro in Barcelona


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Christ's curse upon the crook
Who takes away this book.

(Thorndike, Lynn. "Copyists' Final Jingles in Medieval Manuscripts." Speculum 12 (1937). Boston.)

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Whoever steals this Book of Prayer
May he be ripped apart by swine,
His heart be splintered, this I swear
And his body dragged along the Rhine.

(Buhler, Curt F., ed. Treasures from the Pierpont Morgan Library--Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition, 1957. New York, 1957.)

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He that steals this booke
Shall be hanged on a hooke.
He that this book stelle wolde,
Sone be his herte colde.
That it may so be,
Seith Amen for charite.

(Jackson, Holbrook. The Anatomy of Bibliomania. New York, n.d.)

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Whoever steals this book
Will hang on a gallows in Paris,
And, if he isn't hung, he'll drown,
And, if he doesn't drown, he'll roast,
And, if he doesn't roast, a worse end will befall him.

(Thompson, Larence S. "Notes on Bibliokleptomania." Bulletin of the New York Public Library 48, no. 9 (1944).