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By Thomas Frognall Dibdin

ISBN-10: 1904799019

ISBN-13: 9781904799016

Dibdin's Bibliomania is an anthem to the broadcast ebook, a caution to the unwary concerning the perils of obsessive book-collecting, and the confessions of a rabid book-collector. As an informal look on the ebook will convey, Dibdin's footnotes predominate over textual content, and it truly is within the footnotes that the curiosity lies. They invite questions as frequently as they solution them. what's the intended similarity among 'Orator' Henley's library and Addison's memoranda for the Spectator? What slicing phrases did Edward Gibbon write approximately Thomas Hearne? Why should still we no longer be stunned to discover a booklet on American historical past through a Spanish admiral within the library of the President of the Royal Society? Who was once Captain Cox who 'could speak as a lot with no publication, as any Innholder betwixt Brentford and Bagshot'? was once Polydore Vergil a plagiarist and John Bagford a biblioclast? what's bloterature? occasionally Dibdin tells us, occasionally he assumes we all know, and occasionally he chooses to tantalise us. The endnotes supply the various solutions and should, it truly is was hoping, lead readers to find new books and new writers, or, extra frequently and extra pleasurably, outdated books and outdated writers. This publication relies upon Dibdin's first variation of 1809, to that have been further an advent and eighty-five pages of invaluable endnotes, in general enthusiastic about biographical information of the printers, librarians, bookbinders, writers, book-collectors and Bibliomaniacs to whom Dibdin refers. An appendix includes John Ferriar's Bibliomania, the poem which triggered Dibdin's paintings. There also are a considerable bibliography and index. This e-book should be helpful to bibliographers, librarians, cultural historians and all these attracted to books and ebook humans. It offers a invaluable insights into antiquarianism regularly and book-collecting particularly. Dibdin's e-book levels greatly, from Juliana Barnes, Wynkyn de Worde, Michael Maittaire and the St Albans Schoolmaster, to Thomas desire, Edward Rowe Mores, William Hunter and Horace Walpole. lots of his footnotes (which soak up way more of the booklet than the textual content) comprise information of the $64000 e-book revenues of the eighteenth and early 19th century to tantalise the reader: Caxton's Boke of Chivalrie promoting for eleven shillings in 1756; Grenville's 1800 version of Homer promoting for an mind-blowing GBP99 15s in 1804. Peter Danckwerts studied ebook Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, Bibliography & Textual feedback on the collage of Leeds, arithmetic with the Open college, and Medieval stories at Birkbeck collage, collage of London. he's at present getting ready an version of Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers for Tiger of the Stripe.

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This edition is intended to appeal to those with an interest in cultural history, Regency London, general antiquarianism and the foibles of human nature as much as to librarians, book-collectors, bibliographers and historians of printing. I hope (and believe) that the notes contain some useful information for all of them, and for almost anyone who cares to look at them. The endnotes are not in direct proportion to the importance of their subject matter. On the contrary, as readers will have no difficulty looking up more information on the less obscure subjects, I have often concentrated on more obscure matters which I think may interest, elucidate or entertain.

370–. ‘Oct. 20. to Spira: a good city. ’ p. 372. Again: ‘Hieronimus Wolfius,8 that translated Demosthenes and Isocrates, is in THE BIBLIOMANIA OR BOOK-MADNESS 25 books, and always studying them. His ‘Schoolmaster’ is a work which can only perish with our language. If we are to judge from the beautiful Missal lying open before Lady Jane Grey, in Mr. Copley’s9 elegant picture now exhibiting at the British Institution,20 it would seem rational to infer that this amiable and learned female was slightly attacked by the disease.

Data which are missing from the publication itself, such as authors, places of publication and dates, have been supplied. Dates in roman numerals have been replaced by arabic numerals and places of publication in Latin have been translated. Where books have long and informative titles, I have not sought to abbreviate them unduly. Likewise, much printer and bookseller information has been retained at the expense of consistency. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to thank the staff of the British Library, the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine and the London Library for their unfailing helpfulness.

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