By Nicholas A. Basbanes
Whilst first released, A mild Madness astounded and extremely joyful readers in regards to the ardour and rate a collector is prepared to make in pursuit of the booklet. Written sooner than the emergence of the net yet newly up to date for the twenty first Century reader, A mild Madness captures that final second in time whilst creditors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and road stalls, excessive stakes auctions, and the subterfuge precious of a real bibliomaniac. An event one of the troubled, A mild Madness is vividly anecdotal and punctiliously researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter s middle to light up creditors previous and found in their pursuit of bibliomania. Now a undying vintage of accumulating, no lover of books can leave out A mild Madness.
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Several months later, a California collector allowed me to do the same with his copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane and Other Poems. On the same West Coast trip, the curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum brought forth several exquisite tenth-century illuminated manuscripts from the Ludwig Collection and allowed me to turn the pages. S. Constitution. When the third-generation book collector William Scheide placed his copy of Johann Gutenberg’s Bible in front of me and invited me to touch where movable type had bitten into paper for the first time, I became lightheaded.
A child bearing the name of his honored father has presented to you the keys of this building,” Robert Hale Ives Goddard declared on the youngster’s behalf. “No words of mine can add to the dignity or to the pathos with which this simple ceremony is invested. Enclosed within these walls is a matchless collection— the harvest of centuries of learning and of historical research. The books which here have their abiding home will be an enduring monument to the patience, the scholarship and the enthusiasm for historical study of John Carter Brown and John Nicholas Brown—father and son.
James Lenox (1800–1880), about 1870. Courtesy of The New York Public Library. 17. East Room of the Pierpont Morgan Library. Courtesy of the Gottscho- Schleisner Collection of Library of Congress. 18. John Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913). Courtesy of The Pierpont Morgan Library. 19. Robert Hoe III (1839–1909). Courtesy of The Grolier Club of New York. 20. John Carter Brown (1797–1874). Courtesy of The John Carter Brown Library. 21. Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927). Courtesy of The Huntington Library.
A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes