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 »bookshops and street stalls, high stakes auctions, and the subterfuge worthy of a true bibliomaniac. An adventure among the afflicted, A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdotal and thoroughly researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter s heart to illuminate collectors past and present in their pursuit of bibliomania. Now a timeless classic of collecting, no lover of books can miss A Gentle Madness.« less
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.