Bibliomania by Thomas Frognall Dibdin

By Thomas Frognall Dibdin

Dibdin's Bibliomania is an anthem to the published e-book, a caution to the unwary concerning the perils of obsessive book-collecting, and the confessions of a rabid book-collector. As an informal look on the publication will convey, Dibdin's footnotes predominate over textual content, and it truly is within the footnotes that the curiosity lies. They invite questions as frequently as they solution them. what's the meant similarity among 'Orator' Henley's library and Addison's memoranda for the Spectator? What slicing phrases did Edward Gibbon write approximately Thomas Hearne? Why may still we no longer be stunned to discover a publication on American historical past by way of a Spanish admiral within the library of the President of the Royal Society? Who was once Captain Cox who 'could speak as a lot with out ebook, as any Innholder betwixt Brentford and Bagshot'? was once Polydore Vergil a plagiarist and John Bagford a biblioclast? what's bloterature? occasionally Dibdin tells us, occasionally he assumes we all know, and infrequently he chooses to tantalise us. The endnotes supply a few of the solutions and should, it really is was hoping, lead readers to find new books and new writers, or, extra frequently and extra pleasurably, previous books and outdated writers. This ebook relies upon Dibdin's first version of 1809, to that have been additional an advent and eighty-five pages of worthy endnotes, commonly fascinated by biographical information of the printers, librarians, bookbinders, writers, book-collectors and Bibliomaniacs to whom Dibdin refers. An appendix comprises John Ferriar's Bibliomania, the poem which caused Dibdin's paintings. There also are a considerable bibliography and index. This booklet should be worthy to bibliographers, librarians, cultural historians and all these attracted to books and publication humans. It offers a important insights into antiquarianism commonly and book-collecting particularly. Dibdin's booklet levels commonly, from Juliana Barnes, Wynkyn de Worde, Michael Maittaire and the St Albans Schoolmaster, to Thomas desire, Edward Rowe Mores, William Hunter and Horace Walpole. lots of his footnotes (which soak up way more of the ebook than the textual content) comprise info of the real ebook revenues of the eighteenth and early 19th century to tantalise the reader: Caxton's Boke of Chivalrie promoting for eleven shillings in 1756; Grenville's 1800 version of Homer promoting for an impressive GBP99 15s in 1804. Peter Danckwerts studied publication Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, Bibliography & Textual feedback on the collage of Leeds, arithmetic with the Open college, and Medieval reviews at Birkbeck collage, college of London. he's at the moment getting ready an version of Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers for Tiger of the Stripe.

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No. 900. Whether these Friars, thus affected with the frensy of book-collecting, ever visited the ‘old chapelle at the Est End of the church of S. Saink, [Berkshire], whither of late time resorted in pilgrimage many folkes for the disease of madness,’ [see Leland’s Itinerary, vol. ii. 29. edit. 770] I have not been able, after the most diligent investigation, to ascertain. (7) The British Museum contains a great number of books which bear the royal stamp of Henry VII’s arms. 96 During the reign of Henry VIII, I should suppose that the Earl of Surrey (8)97 and Sir Thomas Wyatt98 were a little attached to book-collecting; and that Dean Colet (9)99 and his friends Sir Thomas More00 and Erasmus0 were downright Bibliomaniacs.

7He had been in his younger days a shoemaker; and, for the many curiosities wherewith he enriched the famous library of Dr. John Moore, Bishop of Ely,72 his Lordship got him admitted into the Charter House. He died in 706, aged 65: after his death, Lord Oxford purchased all his collections and papers for his library: these are now in the Harleian collection in the British Museum. ’ – Bowyer and Nichols’s Origin of Printing, p 64. 89, note. It has been my fortune (whether good or bad remains to be proved) not only to transcribe the slender memorial of Printing in the Philosophical Transactions, drawn up by Wanley73 for Bagford, but to wade through forty-two folio volumes, in which Bagford’s materials for a History of Printing are incorporated, in the British Museum: and from these, I think I have furnished myself with a pretty fair idea of the said Bagford.

5) The writings of the Roman philologers seem to bear evidence of this fact. Seneca, when an old man, says, that ‘if you are fond of books, you will escape the ennui of life; you will neither sigh for evening, disgusted with the occupations of the day – nor will you live dissatisfied with yourself, THE BIBLIOMANIA OR BOOK-MADNESS 5 spaciousness, and splendor, are only so many inducements towards the introduction and propagation of the BIBLIOMANIA! What renders its character particularly formidable is, that it rages in all seasons of the year, and at all periods of human existence.

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