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    Bibliomania

    The Bibliomania or Book-Madness

    The Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin

    A new annotated edition of this extraordinary classic of bibliophilia, bibliophobia, bibliosophia, bibliography and Bibliomania. A must for all book-collectors, bibliophiles, librarians, biblio­graphers and, of course, bibliomaniacs. The casual reader will also find much to entertain him.

    The text of this edition is based on that of the first edition of 1809 which is shorter and livelier than the later editions. The book gives a fascinating insight into antiquarianism and book-collecting over several centuries. Dibdin refers to many eighteenth-century book sales and notes the prices which some of the books achieved. Copious notes and an index are provided.

    ‘a usefully annotated edition’ – Financial Times

    ‘If the editor has allowed himself to become as Dibdinesque as his subject, then it is all part of the fun of a work where references and citations run back and forth like so many ink rollers on a printing press.’ – Rare Book Review

    Published 2007   264pp   Pbk   List Price £9.99   ISBN 978-1-904799-17-7

    Hbk published 2004   264pp   Hbk   List Price £25.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-01-6

    My Image

    Enemies of Books

    William Blades

    The wittiest commentary on book-collecting and the care of books ever written, Blades’s Enemies of Books enummerates the enemies as: Fire; Water; Gas and Heat; Dust and Neglect; Ignorance and Bigotry; The Bookworm; Other Vermin; Bookbinders; Collectors; Servants and Children. This new and corrected edition adds an article on Librarians as Enemies of Books, an Introduction, a biography of Blades, and many helpful notes.

    William Blades (1824–1890) was a printer and bibliographer. His Life of Caxton revolutionised our understanding of the first English printer.

    Published 24 April 2009   180pp   Pbk   List Price £8.50   ISBN 978-1-904799-36-8

    Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

    The Love of Books, Being the Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

    Translated by E. C. Thomas

    Richard de Bury’s Philobiblon, completed in 1345, is the great medieval treatise on the love of books. He was an obsessive book-collector who argued that no price should hinder someone from buying books. However, unlike many later bibliomaniacs, he appreciated them for their true value, as a sources of wisdom, rather than as artefacts.

    Richard de Bury (1281–1345) was one of the most powerful and influential men of his age. He was High Chancellor of England from 1334 to 1335 and Treasurer from 1335. However, it was as Bishop of Durham that he was in his true element, and it was in this role that his book-collecting can be seen as a most philanthropic venture, building up a store of knowledge for present and future generations.

    Published 24 April 2009   160pp   Pbk   List Price £9.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-41-2