„It is a melancholy illusion of those who write books and articles that the printed word survives. Alas, it rarely does.“

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—  Stéphane Mallarmé, Brise Marine
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„The setup of the book as far as printing and paper are concerned is splendid.“

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„A book, once it is printed and published, becomes individual.“

—  James Branch Cabell American author 1879 - 1958
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