Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Subtitle of the Day

This cracked me up. From the title page of the second edition (Ballston Spa, 1817) of Rev. Samuel Torrey's work on public libraries:

The Intellectual Torch; developing an original, economical, and expeditious plan for the universal dissemination of knowledge and virtue; by means of free public libraries. Including essays on the use of distilled spirits.

Emphasis added. You can read the work here.


Peter K Steinberg said...

That's great.

Ed said...

Genius! Why hasn't someone done this? Library + booze = heaven.