By Thomas Frognall Dibdin
'A ardour for owning books, no longer quite a bit to be advised through them, as to gratify the attention via counting on them': therefore is defined 'bibliomania' through one of many characters of Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847), during this funny novel first released in 1809. brought in English on the finish of the eighteenth century, the time period 'bibliomania' - or 'book-madness' - received recognition with the ebook of Dibdin's eponymous paintings. utilizing the fullyyt revised 1811 variation, this reissue brings again to existence Dibdin's bibliomaniac characters and their playful dialogues at the nature and heritage of ebook gathering, and, most significantly, at the risks of the 'fatal ailment' that's bibliomania, its unusual manifestations - akin to the 'vellum', 'first edition', and 'unique copies' indicators - and its attainable therapy. the writer of diverse bibliographical works, Dibdin offers erudite reviews and clarifications to his characters' dialogues in a parallel narrative of footnotes.
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35 norant or misinformed ? You don't mean to sport hereditary aversions, or hereditary attachments ? Lis. Why, perhaps, something of the kind. '—ever since I have held them in sovereign contempt. PHIL. I love the king too well to suppose that his life could have been lengthened by any such barbarous act. * Perhaps you were not * Pope, in his Dunciad, has treated the conflagration of the two great ancient libraries, with his usual poetical skill: ' Far eastward cast thine eye, from whence the sun And orient Seience their bright course begun: One god-like monarch all that pride confounds, He, whose long wall the wandering Tartar bounds; Heavens !
P. 26. DRAUDIUS'S work is more distinguished for its arrangement, than for its execution in detail. It was very useful, however, at the period when it was published. My edition is of the date of 1611,4to: but a second appeared at Frankfort, in 1625, 4too THE CABINET. 47 Francorurn Historian* of which two handsome folio editions were published by Cramoisy. French writers of bibliographical eminence now begin to crowd fast upon us. Lis. But what becomes of the English, Spanish, and Italian bibliographers all this while ?
I love the king too well to suppose that his life could have been lengthened by any such barbarous act. * Perhaps you were not * Pope, in his Dunciad, has treated the conflagration of the two great ancient libraries, with his usual poetical skill: ' Far eastward cast thine eye, from whence the sun And orient Seience their bright course begun: One god-like monarch all that pride confounds, He, whose long wall the wandering Tartar bounds; Heavens ! what a pile ! whole ages perish there, And one bright blaze turns Learning into air.