Lot 36: Dibdin, T.F. Bibliomania; or Book-Madness; a
November 27, 2012
Haarlem, NetherlandsLive Auction
Description: Dibdin, T.F. Bibliomania; or Book-Madness; a Bibliographical Romance. New and improved Edition, to which are now added Preliminary Observations, and a Supplement including a Key to the assumed Characters in the Drama. London, H.G. Bohn, 1842, new and impr. ed., XIV,618,63,(35)p., engr. title-vignette, frontisp, num. woodengr. ills., contemp. richly gilt and blindst. calf, gilt boardedges and inside dentelles, a.e.g., large 8vo. - With the bookplate of Gerrit Komrij and of Henly J.B. Clements on upper pastedown. Some very sl. foxing/ yellowing; binding some sm. rubbed spots. A fine, attractively bound copy of this classic. = Lowndes II, p.639; Bigmore/ Wyman I, 170. "The Bibliomania is written in dialogues or conversations, the characters introduced are well-known book collectors of the author's acquaintance. The great value of the work is in the notes, which abound with anecdotes of Books and Book Collectors, and an account of the rare articles in their collections, and the prices at which they were sold, extracted from the sale catalogues. This work has in a great degree given a stimulus to the collecting of our early literature, and bibliography in this country; on which subjects it will be always consulted as an authority." (Lowndes). Comprises: I. The Evening Walk. On the right uses of Literature; II. The Cabinet. Outline of Foreign and Domestic Bibliography; III. The Auction Room. Character of Orlando, of Ancient Prices of Books, and Book-binding, Book-auction Bibliomaniacs; IV. The Library. Dr. Henry's History of Britain (...). Some Account of Book-collectors in England; V. The Drawing Room. History of the Bibliomania, or Account of Book Collectors, concluded; VI. The Alcove. Symptoms of the Bibliomania, probable means of its Cure.