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Patience & Fortitude: Wherein a Colorful Cast of Determined Book Collectors, Dealers, and Librarians Go About the Quixotic Task of Preserving a Legacy

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In his national bestseller, A Gentle Madness, Nicholas Basbanes explored the sweet obsession people feel to possess books. Now, Basbanes continues his adventures among the "gently mad" on an irresistible journey to the great libraries of the past — from Alexandria to Glastonbury — and to contemporary collections at the Vatican, Wolfenbüttel, and erudite universities. Along the way, he drops in on eccentric book dealers and regales us with stories about unforgettable collectors, such as the gentleman who bought a ...

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Overview

In his national bestseller, A Gentle Madness, Nicholas Basbanes explored the sweet obsession people feel to possess books. Now, Basbanes continues his adventures among the "gently mad" on an irresistible journey to the great libraries of the past — from Alexandria to Glastonbury — and to contemporary collections at the Vatican, Wolfenbüttel, and erudite universities. Along the way, he drops in on eccentric book dealers and regales us with stories about unforgettable collectors, such as the gentleman who bought a rare book in 1939 "by selling bottles of his own blood."

Taking the book's grand title from the marble lions guarding the New York Public Library at 42nd Street, Basbanes both entertains and delights. And once again, as Scott Turow aptly noted, "Basbanes makes you love books, the collections he writes about, and the volume in your hand."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060514464
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2003
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: First Perenial Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 813,438
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas A. Basbanes has worked as an award-winning investigative reporter, a literary editor, and a nationally syndicated columnist. The author of five books, he also writes a regular column for Fine Books & Collections magazine and lectures widely on book-related issues. He and his wife, Constance, live in Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xv
Prologue 1
Part 1 Overture
1. Eternal Life 13
2. Godspeed 71
Part 2 Book People
3. Madness Redux 141
4. Splendid Anachronisms 180
5. Profiles in Bibliophagia 219
6. Hunters and Gatherers 262
7. Many Years 326
Part 3 Book Places
8. The People's Palace 351
9. Once and Future Library 386
10. In the Stacks 425
11. Deep Sleep 475
12. As in a Vial 506
Epilogue 549
Notes 557
Bibliography 590
Author's Interviews 603
Index 605
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