A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books
by Nicholas A. Basbanes
I’ve always been a book buyer, but A Gentle Madness by Nicholas A. Basbanes was the first book I ever bought about book collecting; and its subtitle “Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books” was especially apropos for the occasion, since I was in Virginia at the time—six hours and three states away from home—and the highlight of my trip was visiting the book wholesaler where I found the book.
If you love not only books, but also the thrill of seeking them out, then this is a book for you. Here’s the description from Amazon:
“When first published, A Gentle Madness astounded and delighted readers about the passion and expense a collector is willing to make in pursuit of the book. Written before the emergence of the Internet but newly updated for the 21st Century reader, A Gentle Madness captures that last moment in time when collectors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and street stalls, high stakes auctions, and the subterfuge worthy of a true bibliomaniac. An adventure among the afflicted, A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdotal and thoroughly researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter’s heart to illuminate collectors past and present in their pursuit of bibliomania. Now a timeless classic of collecting, no lover of books can miss A Gentle Madness.”
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