The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Enemies of Books by William Blades:|
leverage is wanting.
Considering the numerous old books contained in the British Museum,
the Library there is wonderfully free from the worm.
Mr. Rye, lately the Keeper of the Printed Books there,
writes me "Two or three were discovered in my time, but they
were weakly creatures. One, I remember, was conveyed into
the Natural History Department, and was taken into custody
by Mr. Adam White who pronounced it to be Anobium pertinax.
I never heard of it after."
The reader, who has not had an opportunity of examining old libraries,
can have no idea of the dreadful havoc which these pests are