“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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Published October 23rd by University of Illinois Press first published As Jackson says, reading is not a duty, and if it is not a pleasure it is a waste of time.

A British “bookman,” Jackson here offers historical and cultural paeans to the book and to reading. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Rocky rated it it was amazing Jun 19, If you love books, collect them, hold them, smell them, etc 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 sanity of the sane”.

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. Selected pages Title Page. Entertaining as well as instructive, his “books on books” blbliomania inveterate readers with all things needful: Lists with This Book.


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Adrienne Teague rated it did not like it Feb 14, Oct anahomy, Bryan Szabo rated it really liked it. He complains, as men have complained in every century, about the scarcity of treasures and about the immense cost of collectable volumes. Belk Limited preview – University of Illinois Press. This is obviously useful territory for me, and I admired Jackson’s willingness to include opinions he did not share within his intricate enumerations.

Holbrook Jackson – is a Annatomy journalist, writer and publisher.


Our love is unconsummated–but only marginally less bibliomanua for being so. An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s Anatomy of Bibliomania is the cornerstone of his indispensable trio of books on “the usefulness, purpose, and pleasures that proceed from books.

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The Anatomy of Bibliomania by Holbrook Jackson

Rocky Crocker rated it it was amazing Oct 17, There are many interesting stories to be told about these collectors, and Jackson biblomania collected all of them–like a true bibliophile, he collects stories with only the smallest measure of discernment. Refresh and try again. Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Janis rated it it was ok Jan 09, Visions of the Press in Britain, Mark Hampton. To collect books for any other reason seems, to this reviewer, a kind of madness. Steve Booras rated it it was amazing Aug 02, University of Illinois Press Anatpmy. Open Preview See a Problem? Not a book for the casual lover of books.


He touches on bindings, bookworms, libraries, and the sport of book hunting, as well as the behavior of borrowers, embezzlers, thieves, and collectors.

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.

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. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Be the first to ask a question about The Anatomy of Bibliomania.

The anatomy of bibliomania

Be the first to discover new talent! August rated it it was amazing Jan 08, It also made me realize that my love of books directly competes with my love for Christ Meghan rated it it was amazing Dec 25, There was a problem adding your email address. For here a man of tremendous erudition has brought together confessedly a “”thing of shreds and patches”” what writers over the centuries have said about books and reading, and has woven these thoughts together in a way singularly his own.