“An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s Anatomy of Bibliomania is the cornerstone of his indispensable trio of books on “”the usefulness. Let me say at the outset that this is not a book I intend to read soon in its entirety. The Anatomy of Bibliomania is extraordinary for above all the. ABOUT · CONTACT · BLOG · PROJECTS · HELP · DONATE · JOBS · VOLUNTEER · PEOPLE. Full text of “The Anatomy Of Bibliomania”. See other formats.

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I may have felt somewhat differently if I had taken longer to digest its pages, but on the whole I found Jackson’s meandering style in desperate need of an editorial hand. Ethan Leavitt rated it really liked it Dec 21, This is a book for those who are devoted, not to the words on the page and their meaning but, rather, to the bindings on the shelves, to the long history of priceless volumes passing from the hands of one devoted collector to og.

An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s musings on the joys of reading combine his irrepressible wit with the wisdom of famous readers from all corners of the world. The 20th century aatomy us the mass-produced book, and, though they look not so glorious on the shelf as a row biblio,ania Manutians bound in red calf, they fill a home with words and let us live in close proximity to the greatest minds of this and of past ages.

Jackson inspects the allure of books, their curative and restorative properties, and the passion for them that leads to bibliomania “a genial mania, less harmful than the ot of the sane”. With deliciously understated wit, he comments on why we read, where we read – on journeys, at mealtimes, on the toilet this has “”a long but mostly unrecorded history””in bed, and in prison – and what happens to us when we read.

We book lovers can admire from afar, but never can we run our hands over the pages and bindings of bibliomaniaa volumes. These three volumes, now back in print, are a leisurely, luxuriant confabulation on “the usefulness, purpose, and pleasures that proceed from books.

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Entertaining as well as instructive, The Anatomy of Bibliomania is a book no book lover–and certainly no bibliomaniac–can afford to be without. However, the overall bias of his prose is clear throughout: Of books about books it is hard to report, for every bibliomaniac has his or her special loves. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

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These are those who, in short, read their books and own them TO read them. The Fear of Books interweaves Jackson’s thoughts with the words of others to consider the trials and tribulations—burning, pulping, shredding, and censoring—to which books have been subjected throughout history and the fears that lead to such behavior. There was a problem adding your email address. Rocky rated it it was amazing Jun 19, The Anatomy of Bibliomania by Holbrook Jackson.

This particular book has been out of print for some time; read today, it seems a literary curiosity, a book difficult to use, though demanding use. Not a book for the casual lover of books. Vibliomania small number of the bibliophiles in this book were lovers of the printed word.

The anatomy of bibliomania

Jackson’s cross-lights and unexpected illuminations are fascinating. Open Preview See a Problem?

He goes on at great length to this effect, in several chapters, highlighting differences between bibliophiles who love books for reading and bibliomanes who only care for the object. The Anatomy of Bibliomania. The most desirable books now reside in either the world’s great libraries or in the libraries of those who want yet another way to display their immense wealth. There is little doubt he manages to do so in t This book was the bane of my existence for the five days I spent reading it.

Hun Chanttra rated it did not like it May 13, Matthew Smith rated it it was amazing Jan 30, With deliciously understated wit, he comments on why we read, where we read–on journeys, at mealtimes, on the toilet this has “a long but mostly unrecorded history”in bed, anagomy in prison–and what happens to us when we read.

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It remains the de facto reference for those writing or reading about book love in all its forms. Return to Book Page. Want to Read saving….

Entertaining as well as instructive, The Anatomy of Bibliomania is a book no book lover – and certainly no bibliomaniac – can afford to be without. Quotes from The Anatomy of Bi 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. If you love books, collect them, hold them, smell them, etc They loved not just books, but literature as well, loving what books say and how they say it, how they speak to us across the centuries of the essentially unchanged human experience.

He touches on bindings, bookworms, libraries, and the sport of book hunting, as well as the behavior of borrowers, embezzlers, thieves, and collectors. Vitali rated it it was amazing Mar 07, Since the kinds of books bound in moroccan, tooled in gold, some with the scribblings of famous authors in the margins, others with names like Elzevir and Manutius on the title page that most excite Jackson’s bibliophiles have all but disappeared from the open market, the bibliomahia of mania that drives the collector to anaromy bookstalls and the back corner bibliomaniz dusty shops is almost never satisfied with the object of its mad desire.

His sparkling commentary addresses why we read, where we read on journeys, at mealtimes, on the toilet—this has “a long but mostly unrecorded history”—in bed, and in prison and what happens to us when we read. We can love these books every bit as much as Jackson’s bibliophiles loved theirs.