9780805061765

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

ISBN 10: 0805061762 / 0-8050-6176-2
ISBN 13: 9780805061765
Publisher: Owl Books
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis:
Richly anecdotal and fully documented, "A Gentle Madness" is a celebration of books and the people who have revered, gathered, and preserved them over the centuries. of photos.

Review:
"Reading this prodigiously researched, often absorbing tome, one can almost hear the cries of dozens of smaller books begging to be let out...[Basbanes'] constant theme, effectively hammered home, is that collectors, whatever their vanity or skulduggery, have been responsible for the preservation of knowledge that might otherwise have been lost."

Publishers Weekly, 07/03/1995

Review:
"Nicholas A. Basbanes has compiled a wonderful gallery of modern eccentrics, isolates, charmers and visionaries."

Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World, 07/30/1995

 

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