Book shop quotation

I wonder whether anyone can remember the quotation that used to be along the windowsill of Whitby Books Shop?

It was painted in gold, if I remember right, on the dark green background. And so appropriate for a book shop. I was hoping to use it in my blog but find the shop front has been painted cream and the quotation has disappeared.

None of the staff can quite remember if was it Chaucer, for instance. I’ve searched in Dictionary of Quotations, on the web and indeed the Prelude to the Canterbury Tales, without success.

It was something about books being the most precious thing in life .

The only one who might know is Parry Thornton who is always a mine of astonishing information, but maybe one of your readers can remember it - perhaps the sign writer who painted it there years ago .

Fingers crossed.

Joy Peach

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