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Folk Rhymes on the Flyleaf

Flyleaf rhyme: "Richard Briscoe is the owner's name. Dare not to steal this Book for fear of shame. Whoever thou be, as dare to steal this book from me, I'll spend twice the book but well rewarded thou shall be."

Rhymes that identify book owners, warn or threaten book thieves, and extol the virtues of learning appear in interesting variations, particularly on the pages of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century school books.