By Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Dibdin's Bibliomania is an anthem to the published publication, 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 e-book will express, 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 resolution 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 no longer be shocked to discover a booklet on American background via 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 no booklet, as any Innholder betwixt Brentford and Bagshot'? used to be 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 few 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 previous writers. This booklet relies upon Dibdin's first variation of 1809, to that have been further an creation and eighty-five pages of necessary endnotes, generally thinking about biographical information of the printers, librarians, bookbinders, writers, book-collectors and Bibliomaniacs to whom Dibdin refers. An appendix includes John Ferriar's Bibliomania, the poem which triggered Dibdin's paintings. There also are a considerable bibliography and index. This publication could be worthwhile to bibliographers, librarians, cultural historians and all these drawn to books and e-book humans. It offers a invaluable insights into antiquarianism usually and book-collecting particularly. Dibdin's booklet levels broadly, from Juliana Barnes, Wynkyn de Worde, Michael Maittaire and the St Albans Schoolmaster, to Thomas wish, Edward Rowe Mores, William Hunter and Horace Walpole. a lot of his footnotes (which soak up way more of the ebook than the textual content) comprise information of the $64000 e-book 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 fantastic GBP99 15s in 1804. Peter Danckwerts studied e-book Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, Bibliography & Textual feedback on the college of Leeds, arithmetic with the Open collage, and Medieval reports 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.