Press "Enter" to skip to content

Download A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal by Nicholas A. Basbanes PDF

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.

Show description

Read or Download A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books PDF

Similar books & reading books

Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's the Grapes of Wrath

Few books have triggered as huge a stir as John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, while it was once released in April 1939. by means of might, it used to be the nation's number 1 bestseller, yet in Kern County, California—the Joads' newfound home—the e-book used to be burned publicly and banned from library cabinets. Obscene within the severe tells the striking tale in the back of this healthy of censorship.

A Companion to the Literature of German Expressionism (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)

Greater than the other avant-garde move, German Expressionism captures the innovative depth of twentieth-century modernity in all its contrasts and conflicts. In non-stop eruptions from 1905 to 1925, Expressionism dissatisfied reigning practices within the arts: in its such a lot consultant style of portray and the visible arts, strong figurations and dynamic abstractions supplanted placid realism, and a palette of vividly luminescent shades eclipsed subdued earth tones.

The Allure of the Archives

Arlette Farge’s Le Goût de l’archive is greatly considered as a historiographical vintage. whereas combing via two-hundred-year-old judicial documents from the files of the Bastille, historian Farge used to be struck through the terribly intimate portrayal they supplied of the lives of the terrible in pre-Revolutionary France, specifically ladies.

Additional info for A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books

Sample text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.45 of 5 – based on 38 votes