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

Basbanes, Nicholas A.

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ISBN 10: 0805036539 / ISBN 13: 9780805036534
Published by Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Brand New / Mint Hardcover
From Penobscot Books (Searsport, ME, U.S.A.)

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A sparkling BRAND NEW BOOK which is in MINT / PRISTINE condition, just as is its handsome DJ, which is now protected with a new Mylar covering. SIGNED by AUTHOR. This is a bonafide First Edition, First Printing; not the Owl reprint. Elegant item. Black mark on bottom page edges, with no harm to the book's contents. Top notch item; price-clipped. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 103177

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

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Brand New / Mint

Dust Jacket Condition: Brand New / Mint

Signed: By Author

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This book is an adventure among the afflicted -- those with the passion to possess books. Richly anecdotal and fully documented, it combines the perspective of historical research with the immediacy of investigative journalism. Above all, it is a celebration of books and the people who have revered, gathered and preserved them over the centuries. From the great library of Alexandria, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the 20th century, here is a gallery of revealing profiles of past and present collectors. A comprehensive bibliography on books is included.

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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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