Shelves: This book was the bane of my existence for the five days I spent reading it. There is little doubt he manages to do so in This book was the bane of my existence for the five days I spent reading it. There is little doubt he manages to do so in the lengthy prose of his work, but he does so by piling source upon quote upon source with no thesis or purpose behind them. The result, at least for my academic use, is that Jackson has composed what amounts to a review essay of basically every thought a person might have had regarding books and reading through the end of the nineteenth century.
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The Anatomy of Bibliomania
Description[ edit ] One of several unusual behaviors associated with books, bibliomania is characterized by the collecting of books which have no use to the collector nor any great intrinsic value to a genuine book collector. The purchase of multiple copies of the same book and edition and the accumulation of books beyond possible capacity of use or enjoyment are frequent symptoms of bibliomania. In , the Reverend Thomas Frognall Dibdin published Bibliomania; or Book Madness, a work described by literary critic Philip Connell as "a series of bizarre rambling dialogues which together comprised a kind of dramatized mock pathology, lavishly illustrated and, in the second edition, embellished with extensive footnotes on bibliography and the history of book collecting. Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet  — suffered from severe bibliomania.
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The anatomy of bibliomania