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By Thomas Frognall Dibdin

Dibdin's Bibliomania is an anthem to the broadcast e-book, a caution to the unwary concerning the perils of obsessive book-collecting, and the confessions of a rabid book-collector. As an informal look on the publication will exhibit, 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 meant 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 now not be shocked to discover a e-book on American background via a Spanish admiral within the library of the President of the Royal Society? Who used to be Captain Cox who 'could speak as a lot with no e-book, as any Innholder betwixt Brentford and Bagshot'? was once 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 supply many of the solutions and should, it really is was hoping, lead readers to find new books and new writers, or, extra frequently and extra pleasurably, previous books and outdated writers. This e-book is predicated upon Dibdin's first variation of 1809, to which were additional an advent and eighty-five pages of worthwhile endnotes, commonly concerned about biographical information of the printers, librarians, bookbinders, writers, book-collectors and Bibliomaniacs to whom Dibdin refers. An appendix comprises John Ferriar's Bibliomania, the poem which caused Dibdin's paintings. There also are a considerable bibliography and index. This e-book may be worthy to bibliographers, librarians, cultural historians and all these drawn to books and booklet humans. It supplies a precious insights into antiquarianism typically and book-collecting specifically. Dibdin's e-book levels greatly, from Juliana Barnes, Wynkyn de Worde, Michael Maittaire and the St Albans Schoolmaster, to Thomas desire, Edward Rowe Mores, William Hunter and Horace Walpole. lots of his footnotes (which soak up way more of the e-book than the textual content) comprise information of the real publication 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 variation of Homer promoting for an wonderful GBP99 15s in 1804. Peter Danckwerts studied booklet Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, Bibliography & Textual feedback on the collage of Leeds, arithmetic with the Open college, and Medieval experiences at Birkbeck collage, collage of London. he's presently getting ready an version of Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers for Tiger of the Stripe.

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As Henry VIII knew nothing of, and cared less for, fine books,02 it is not very improbable that some, of the choicest volumes belonging to the late king were presented to Cardinal Wolsey. (8) The EARL OF SURREY and SIR THOMAS WYATT were among the first who taught their countrymen to be charmed with the elegance and copiousness of their own language. How effectually they accomplished this laudable object, will be seen from the forthcoming beautiful and complete edition of their works by the Rev. Dr.

Or suppose something similar to Mr. Hope’s work had been found among the ruins of Herculaneum? Or lastly, let us suppose the author had printed it only as a private book, to be circulated as a present? In each of these instances, should we have heard the harsh censures which have been thrown out against it? ’ Upon what principle, a priori, are we to ridicule and condemn it? I know of none. We admit Vitruvius, Inigo Jones, Gibbs, and Chambers,6 into our libraries; and why not Mr. Hope’s book?

His enthusiasm, however, carried him through a great deal of laborious toil; and he supplied in some measure, by this qualification, the want of other attainments. His whole mind was devoted to book-hunting; and his integrity and diligence probably made his employers overlook his many failings. His hand writing is scarcely legible, and his orthography is still more wretched; but if he was ignorant, he was humble, zealous, and grateful; and he has certainly done something towards the accomplishment of that desirable object, an accurate General History of Printing.

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