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

Basbanes, Nicholas

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ISBN 10: 080504826X / ISBN 13: 9780805048261
Published by Henry Holt and Company, 1996-01-01, US, 1996
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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638 pages, b&w illustrations. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on half title page. Light edgewear to wrappers. Clean, tight copy. Record # 463920. Bookseller Inventory # 463920

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

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 1996-01-01, US

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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From an Amazon reader review: "Spanning the long period from ancient times, when books were hand-copied, to the modern day, "A Gentle Madness" takes us on a strange and exciting journey through the world of rare book collectors. Our society owes a lot to book collectors. Determination, time, and money have enabled them to seek out and preserve rare books, manuscripts, documents, and letters of profound cultural and historical importance. Many of the most noted collectors have ultimately given their world-class libraries to colleges and universities, where the fruits of their labor have benefited generations of scholars and researchers. This book demonstrates, in a colorful manner, how book collectors are driven to seek out new acquisitions for their libraries. For some, it is a consuming passion. For a few, it is a dangerous obsession that forces them to sacrifice the basic amenities of life, or even break the law. Nicholas Basbanes not only introduces readers to book collectors throughout history, but also to the books themselves, and to the methods employed to obtain rare books."

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