By Nicholas A. Basbanes
While first released, A light Madness astounded and extremely joyful readers concerning the ardour and cost a collector is prepared to make in pursuit of the e-book. Written earlier than the emergence of the net yet newly up-to-date for the twenty first Century reader, A mild Madness captures that final second in time whilst creditors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and highway stalls, excessive stakes auctions, and the subterfuge necessary of a real bibliomaniac. An experience one of the stricken, A mild Madness is vividly anecdotal and carefully researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter s center to light up creditors previous and found in their pursuit of bibliomania. Now a undying vintage of amassing, no lover of books can pass over A light Madness.
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That fascinating postscript notwithstanding, the account of O’More’s haughty quest to be acclaimed “the world’s greatest book collector”—and to have done it with $20 million of another man’s money—remains an instructive example of unchecked bibliomania that was distinctive to the period. ” Unchanged here, too, is the chapter on the massive book thefts of Stephen C. Blumberg, whose trial in United States District Court in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1991 remains the only instance on record in which criminal bibliomania was defended in an American courtroom with a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Basbanes. 51. Blumberg peruses a book from his Ottumwa warehouse. Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 52. “Dumpster diving,” one of Blumberg’s favorite pastimes. Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 53. The Library of Richard Manney. Courtesy of Elliott Kaufman. Acknowledgments Roger E. Stoddard, curator of rare books at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, listened, offered wise counsel, and read substantial portions of the manuscript. For courtesies too numerous to enumerate: Bart Auerbach, bookseller, New York City; Sidney E.
7. George John, second Earl Spencer (1758–1834). Portrait by John Singleton Copley (1738–1815). Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery. 8. The King’s Library, assembled by King George III. Courtesy of The British Library. 9. Isaiah Thomas (1749–1831). Portrait by Ethan Allen Greenwood, 1818. Courtesy of American Antiquarian Society. 10. Jeremy Belknap (1744–1798). Portrait by Henry Sargent, 1798. Courtesy of Massachusetts Historical Society. 11. Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), about 1860. Courtesy of H.