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Book rhyme

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A book rhyme is a short poem or rhyme that was formerly printed inside the front of a book or on the flyleaf to discourage theft or to indicate ownership.

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Book rhymes were fairly common in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries, but the printing of bookplates pushed them out of use.

Anti-theft warnings

One of the most common is:

Identification rhyme

The end line has several variations,

The title of Thornton Wilder's novel "Heaven's My Destination" and Alfred Bester's novel The Stars My Destination play on the final line.

A typical example of a book rhyme features prominently in M.R. James' ghost story A Warning to the Curious:

References

Book rhyme Wikipedia


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