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A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for books
A Gentle Madness Bibliophiles Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for books
Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes
When first published, A Gentle Madness astounded and delighted readers about the passion and expense a collector is willing to make in pursuit of the book. Written before the emergence of the Internet but newly updated for the 21st Century reader, A Gentle Madness captures that last moment in time when collectors pursued their passions in dusty ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780979949159
ISBN-10: 0979949157
Publication Date: 5/28/2012
Pages: 678
Edition: 2012
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Publisher: Fine Books Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 2
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reviewed A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for books on + 6 more book reviews
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I love this book. I read it when I was in college and I remember not being able to pull myself away. Of course, I think to truly enjoy the book, you must be a bit of a bibliomaniac yourself. :-)
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BethG avatar reviewed A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for books on + 108 more book reviews
I was disappointed by this book. I expected more about books.

Instead Mr. Basbanes concentrates is on collectors, auctions, outstanding collections, and, at the last, theft of rare books and manuscripts. He also spends some time on where the best collections are going to end up when the collector dies or decides to quit collecting.

He introduce some interesting characters and some of the books he mentions are absolutely wonderful. (I just wish I could go and see them.) Still there is more about prices and sales than I wanted and far less about the books.


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