Tuesday, 26 April 2016


Meta-bibliomania - excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books about bibliomania.

This is what I came up with while reading "Des bibliothèques pleines de fantômes" by Jacques Bonnet. I was certain I would be the first to coin this term, if it weren't for this essay by Jennie Hann:http://blogs.library.jhu.edu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/JHann-Grad-2012BookContest1.pdf
Hann provides an extensive list of titles about book collecting.To this list I would add the following classic on bibliomania:

Bibliomania; or Book Madness was first published in 1809 by the Reverend Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776 – 18 November 1847) who was an Anglican clergyman and founder of the Roxburghe Club. Written in the form of fictional dialogues from bibliophiles, it purports to outline a malady called bibliomania.


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