Bibliomania by Thomas Frognall Dibdin

By Thomas Frognall Dibdin

Dibdin's Bibliomania is an anthem to the published e-book, a caution to the unwary in regards to the perils of obsessive book-collecting, and the confessions of a rabid book-collector. As an off-the-cuff look on the publication will express, Dibdin's footnotes predominate over textual content, and it's within the footnotes that the curiosity lies. They invite questions as frequently as they solution them. what's the intended similarity among 'Orator' Henley's library and Addison's memoranda for the Spectator? What slicing phrases did Edward Gibbon write approximately Thomas Hearne? Why may still we no longer be shocked to discover a ebook on American historical past by way of a Spanish admiral within the library of the President of the Royal Society? Who was once Captain Cox who 'could speak as a lot with no booklet, as any Innholder betwixt Brentford and Bagshot'? used to be Polydore Vergil a plagiarist and John Bagford a biblioclast? what's bloterature? occasionally Dibdin tells us, occasionally he assumes we all know, and infrequently he chooses to tantalise us. The endnotes offer the various solutions and should, it really is was hoping, lead readers to find new books and new writers, or, extra frequently and extra pleasurably, outdated books and outdated writers. This e-book is predicated upon Dibdin's first variation of 1809, to which were further an advent and eighty-five pages of beneficial endnotes, as a rule all in favour of biographical information of the printers, librarians, bookbinders, writers, book-collectors and Bibliomaniacs to whom Dibdin refers. An appendix includes John Ferriar's Bibliomania, the poem which brought on Dibdin's paintings. There also are a considerable bibliography and index. This booklet might be precious to bibliographers, librarians, cultural historians and all these drawn to books and booklet humans. It provides a useful insights into antiquarianism commonly and book-collecting specifically. Dibdin's e-book levels greatly, from Juliana Barnes, Wynkyn de Worde, Michael Maittaire and the St Albans Schoolmaster, to Thomas wish, Edward Rowe Mores, William Hunter and Horace Walpole. a lot of his footnotes (which absorb way more of the booklet than the textual content) include information of the real ebook revenues of the eighteenth and early 19th century to tantalise the reader: Caxton's Boke of Chivalrie promoting for eleven shillings in 1756; Grenville's 1800 version of Homer promoting for an surprising GBP99 15s in 1804. Peter Danckwerts studied publication Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, Bibliography & Textual feedback on the collage of Leeds, arithmetic with the Open collage, and Medieval experiences at Birkbeck collage, collage of London. he's presently getting ready an version of Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers for Tiger of the Stripe.

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Of the hunting of the Hare. How to speke of the haare how all shall be wrought: When she shall with houndes be founden and sought. The fyrst worde to the hoūdis that the hunter shall out pit Is at the kenell doore whan he openeth it. ’ For his houndes would come to hastily 6 THOMAS FROGNALL DIBDIN ensuring success for his labors, when he adopts the dull vehicle of Prose for the communication of his That is the firste worde my sone of Venery. ’ thryes, and no moo. And then say ‘Sacy avaunt so how,’ I thou praye, &c.

Todd’s Variorum edition of the Poet’s works;37 where the reader will find, in the notes, a constant succession of anecdotes of, and references to, the state of anterior and contemporaneous literature, foreign and domestic. ’ Consult Chauffepié’s Supplement to Bayle’s Dictionary, vol. iv. p. 62. 38 Vossius’s library was magnificent and extensive. The University of Leyden offered not less than 36,000 florins for it. Idem. p. 63. (29) Of MICHAEL MAITTAIRE I have given a brief sketch in my Introduction to the Greek and Latin Classics, vol.

The master is then restricted, under the penalty of 40 shillings, from granting the boys a holiday, or ‘remedy’ [playday,] as it is here called ‘except the King, an Archbishop, or a Bishop, present in his own person in the school, desire 20 THOMAS FROGNALL DIBDIN Roger Ascham04 became notorious for the Book-disease. ’ Knight’s Life of Colet, 362, 4. What was to be expected, but that boys, thus educated, would hereafter fall victims to the BIBLIOMANIA?! (20) The history of this great man, and of his literary labors, is most interesting.

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