Bibliomania: Or Book Madness; a Bibliographical Romance, in Six Parts

Bibliomania: Or Book Madness; a Bibliographical Romance, in Six Parts

by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1108015808

ISBN-13: 9781108015806

Pub. Date: 06/24/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

'A passion for possessing books, not so much to be instructed by them, as to gratify the eye by looking on them': thus is described 'bibliomania' by one of the characters of Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776–1847), in this humorous novel first published in 1809. Introduced in English at the end of the eighteenth century, the term 'bibliomania' - or 'book-madness'

Overview

'A passion for possessing books, not so much to be instructed by them, as to gratify the eye by looking on them': thus is described 'bibliomania' by one of the characters of Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776–1847), in this humorous novel first published in 1809. Introduced in English at the end of the eighteenth century, the term 'bibliomania' - or 'book-madness' - gained popularity with the publication of Dibdin's eponymous work. Using the entirely revised 1811 edition, this reissue brings back to life Dibdin's bibliomaniac characters and their playful dialogues on the nature and history of book collecting, and, most importantly, on the dangers of the 'fatal disease' that is bibliomania, its strange manifestations - such as the 'vellum', 'first edition', and 'unique copies' symptoms - and its possible cure. The author of numerous bibliographical works, Dibdin provides erudite comments and clarifications to his characters' dialogues in a parallel narrative of footnotes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108015806
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2010
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and Libraries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
802
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The evening walk; 2. The cabinet; 3. The auction-room; 4. The library; 5. The drawing room; 6. The alcove; Supplement; Indexes.

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