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 off-the-cuff look on the booklet will exhibit, Dibdin's footnotes predominate over textual content, and it's within the footnotes that the curiosity lies. They invite questions as usually as they solution them. what's the intended 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 now not be shocked to discover a e-book on American heritage through a Spanish admiral within the library of the President of the Royal Society? Who used to be Captain Cox who 'could speak as a lot with no 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 offer a number of the solutions and may, it truly is was hoping, lead readers to find new books and new writers, or, extra usually and extra pleasurably, previous books and outdated writers. This ebook is predicated upon Dibdin's first variation of 1809, to which were further an creation and eighty-five pages of important endnotes, as a rule fascinated with biographical info of the printers, librarians, bookbinders, writers, book-collectors and Bibliomaniacs to whom Dibdin refers. An appendix includes John Ferriar's Bibliomania, the poem which caused Dibdin's paintings. There also are a considerable bibliography and index. This e-book might be worthy to bibliographers, librarians, cultural historians and all these drawn to books and ebook humans. It provides a invaluable insights into antiquarianism commonly and book-collecting specifically. Dibdin's ebook levels generally, from Juliana Barnes, Wynkyn de Worde, Michael Maittaire and the St Albans Schoolmaster, to Thomas wish, Edward Rowe Mores, William Hunter and Horace Walpole. lots of his footnotes (which absorb way more of the e-book than the textual content) include info of the $64000 booklet 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 variation of Homer promoting for an wonderful GBP99 15s in 1804. Peter Danckwerts studied publication Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, Bibliography & Textual feedback on the college of Leeds, arithmetic with the Open college, and Medieval reviews at Birkbeck collage, college of London. he's at the moment getting ready an variation of Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers for Tiger of the Stripe.

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Priorum, &c. even now is printing goodly commentaries upon Aristotle’s Rhetoric. ’ p. 38. It is impossible to read these extracts without being convinced that Roger Ascham was a book-hunter, and infected with the BIBLIOMANIA! (23) It is a question, which requires more time for the solution than I am able to spare, whether CECIL’s name stands more frequently at the head of a Dedication, in a printed book, or of State Papers and other political documents in MS. He was a wonderful man; but a little infected – as I suspect – with the BOOK-DISEASE.

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. He was the most hungry and rapacious of all book and print collectors; and, in his ravages, spared neither the most delicate nor costly pecimens.

Peter’s (at Oxford) in the East, where is erected over his remains, a tomb, with an Inscription written by himself:’ Amicitiæ Ergo. Here lyeth the Body of THOMAS HEARNE. M. A. Who studied and preserved Antiquities. He dyed June 0, 735. Aged 57 years. Deut. xxxii: 7. Remember the days of old consider the years of many generations ask thy Father and he will shew thee thy elders and they will tell thee Job. viii. 8. 9. 0. Enquire I pray thee. Life of Hearne, p. 34. (7) Of Dr. 44 (8) For this distinguished character consult Nichols’s Anecdotes of Bowyer, 550, note*; which, however, relates entirely to his ordinary habits and modes of life.

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