"An honest Stationer (or Publisher) is he, that exercizeth his Mystery (whether it be in printing, bynding or selling of Bookes) with more respect to the glory of God & the publike advantage than to his owne Commodity & is both an ornament & a profitable member in a civill Commonwealth....
If he be a Printer he makes conscience
to exemplefy his Coppy fayrely & truly.
"If he be a Booke-bynder, he is
no meere Bookeseller (that is) one who selleth meerely ynck & paper
bundled up together for his owne advantage only: but he is a Chapman of
Arts, of wisdome, & of much experience for a little money....
reputation of Schollers is as deare unto him as his owne: For, he
acknowledgeth that from them his Mystery had both begining and means of
continuance. He heartely loves & seekes the Prosperity of his owne
Corporation: Yet he would not injure the Universityes to advantage it.
word, he is such a man that the State ought to cherish him; Schollers to
love him; good Customers to frequent his shopp; and the whole Company of
Stationers to pray for him."
--GEORGE WITHER (1588-1667), poet, author
One can only hope Wither wasn't writing satire!