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

Basbanes, Nicholas A.

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ISBN 10: 0979949157 / ISBN 13: 9780979949159
Published by Fine Books Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2012
Condition: Very Fine Soft cover
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A must for the book collector. The author is a nationally syndicated book columnist who lives in Massachusetts. Includes a new preface by the author. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 017726

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Title: A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes ...

Publisher: Fine Books Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Thus

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When first published, A Gentle Madness astounded and delighted readers about the passion and expense a collector is willing to make in pursuit of the book. Written before the emergence of the Internet but newly updated for the 21st Century reader, A Gentle Madness captures that last moment in time when collectors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and street stalls, high stakes auctions, and the subterfuge worthy of a true bibliomaniac. An adventure among the afflicted, A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdotal and thoroughly researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter s heart to illuminate collectors past and present in their pursuit of bibliomania. Now a timeless classic of collecting, no lover of books can miss A Gentle Madness.

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What a delightful book about books and people who love books! As a second generation bibliophile, a possible bibliomane who had several people move out of my house a year ago because they erroneously believed that my books were taking over the household, and a devout employee of "Earth's Biggest Bookstore," I can vouch that Basbanes accurately describes the glorious role of book collectors as archivists of human knowledge, and -- in continual counterpoint -- sometimes pathologically obsessed book junkies.

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