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Bibliomania; Or Book Madness; A Bibliographical Romance. Illustrated With Cuts. New And Improved Edition, To Which Are Now Added Preliminary Observations, And A Supplement Including A Key To The Assumed Characters In The Drama, Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1 Bibliomania; Or Book Madness; A Bibliographical Romance. Illustrated With Cuts. New And Improved Edition, To Which Are Now Added Preliminary Observations, And A Supplement Including A Key To The Assumed Characters In The Drama Thomas Frognall Dibdin
London Henry G. Bohn 1842 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; Pagination: xiv/618 plus 63 pages of preliminary observations and xxxiv pages of indices Width: 7" Height: 10.5". A number of engravings. Couple leaves printed in red and black. Possibly the most renowned classic about "Book Madness". Rebacked with original boards retained. Notes: This antique volume is bound in original rebacked paper-covered boards. Vellum spine has dark red leather label with stamped gilt lettering. The front and red boards display light soiling and cracking at edges of spine. Minor loss of material can be seen at the outside corners of the boards. The binding is sound. The pages exhibit occasional light foxing. This work is illustrated with a frontispiece, a title page vignette, illustrated dedication page, head- and tailpieces, historiated initials and numerous textual illustrations. Thomas Frognall Dibdin, English bibliographer, born at Calcutta, was the son of Thomas Dibdin, the sailor brother of Charles Dibdin. Dibdin was orphaned at a young age. His father died in 1778 while returning to England and his mother died one of the following two years, and an elderly maternal aunt eventually assumed responsibility for Dibdin. He was educated at St John's College, Oxford, and studied for a time at Lincoln's Inn. After an unsuccessful attempt to obtain practice as a provincial counsel at Worcester, he was ordained a clergyman at the close of 1804, being appointed to a curacy at Kensington. It was not until 1823 that he received the living of Exning in Sussex. Soon afterwards he was appointed by Lord Liverpool to the rectory of St Mary's, Bryanston Square, which he held until his death. The first of his numerous bibliographical works was his "Introduction to the Knowledge of Editions of the Classics" (1802) , which brought him under the notice of the second Earl Spencer, to whom he owed much important aid in his bibliographical pursuits. The rich library at Althorp was thrown open to him; he spent much of his time in it, and in 1814-1815 published his "Bibliotheca Spenceriana." As the library was not open to the general public, the information given in the Bibliotheca was found very useful, but since its author was unable even to read the characters in which the books he described were written, the work was marred by the errors which more or less characterize all his productions. This fault of inaccuracy however was less obtrusive in his series of playful, discursive works in the form of dialogues on his favourite subject, the first of which, "Bibliomania" (1809) , was republished with large additions in 1811, and was very popular, passing through numerous editions. To the same class belonged the "Bibliographical Decameron," a larger work, which appeared in 1817. In 1810 he began the publication of a new and much extended edition of "Ames's Typographical Antiquities." The first volume was a great success, but the publication was checked by the failure of the fourth volume, and was never completed. In 1818 Dibdin was commissioned by Earl Spencer to purchase books for him on the continent, an expedition described in his sumptuous "Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany" (1821). In 1824 he made an ambitious venture in his "The Library Companion, or the Young Man's Guide and Old Man's Comfort in the Choice of a Library," intended to point out the best works in all departments of literature. His culture was not broad enough, however, to render him competent for the task, and the work was severely criticized. For some years Dibdin gave himself up chiefly to religious literature. He returned to bibliography in his "Bibliophobia, or Remarks on the Present Depression in the State of Literature and the Book Trade" (1832) , and the same subject furnishes the main interest of his "Reminiscences of a Literary Life" (1836) , and his "Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in the Northern Counties of England and Scotland" (1838). Dibdin was the originator and vice-president, Earl Spencer being the president, of the Roxburghe Club, founded in 1812, the first "book club." 35758 
Price: 517.00 USD
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BOOKS ON THE TABLE, Gosse, Edmund
2 BOOKS ON THE TABLE Gosse, Edmund
May not be noted. First Edition; Second Printing Very Good with no dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; Gosse, Edmund BOOKS ON THE TABLE William Heinemann London 1921. First edition Cloth bds Bookplate, 2-color title page. Hardbound, VERY GOOD condition with no dust jacket, sound, ATTRACTIVE COPY. 40 articles on books and authors, incl. Poe, Pascal, the Bible, Chekov 8963 
Price: 20.58 USD
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END PAPERS: LITERARY RECREATIONS, Newton, A. Edward
3 END PAPERS: LITERARY RECREATIONS Newton, A. Edward
Boston MA Little Brown 1933 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 225 pages; End Papers 1933. Very good. 1st edition. 22625 
Price: 14.05 USD
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4 ENGLISH PRINTED BOOKS BRITAIN IN PICTURES SERIES Meynell, , Francis
Collins Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Bibliomania; British Bibliography; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; Red brown dustjacket duplicates paper covered boards. A tour of british publishing in this slender volume. 3427 
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HOURS WITH MEN AND BOOKS, Mathews, , William
5 HOURS WITH MEN AND BOOKS Mathews, , William
May not be noted. Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Bibliomania; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; Mathews, william hours with men and books scott, foresman chicago 1896. Hardbound with no dustjacket, pages browned as always. Essays of his life with and reading of books. Missing one back end paper, brittleness to end papers. 3903 
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HUXFORD'S OLD BOOK VALUE GUIDE, TENTH EDITION, Huxford, Bob
6 HUXFORD'S OLD BOOK VALUE GUIDE, TENTH EDITION Huxford, Bob
Paducah, KY Collector Books 1998 1574320572 / 9781574320572 Hardcover Fine with no dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 4to; Isbn: 1574320572 near new 10817 
Price: 14.05 USD
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Love and letters,, Marvin, Frederic Rowland
7 Love and letters, Marvin, Frederic Rowland
Sherman, French 1911 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Bibliophil; Book Stories; Letters; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 252 pages; Hardbound in green and gilt cloth Very Good/No Jacket. First Ed. Biography. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 252 pages. Written by a rather well known book collector. Consists of loves and love letters from literature and history. SCARCE 3818 
Price: 37.37 USD
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RARE BOOKS IN ALL FIELDS OF COLLECTING 1467-1947. CATALOGUE NO. 135, Scribner Rare Books Catalog
8 RARE BOOKS IN ALL FIELDS OF COLLECTING 1467-1947. CATALOGUE NO. 135 Scribner Rare Books Catalog
Charles Scribner's Sons 1947 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Book Dealing; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 8vo; Exterior Paper hinge covers cracked- hinges OK 13717 
Price: 14.05 USD
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS IN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES., Introduction by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine B. Stern
9 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS IN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES. Introduction by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine B. Stern
NY Macmillan 1989 0029216516 / 9780029216514 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; xv, 639 pages; SPECIAL COLLECTIONS IN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES. Publ 1989. Slight rubbing to DJ, else fine. Lists all collections with details of the assembly. 22813 
Price: 18.47 USD
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THE BOOK COLLECTOR'S HANDBOOK OF VALUES, Bradley, Van Allen
10 THE BOOK COLLECTOR'S HANDBOOK OF VALUES Bradley, Van Allen
NY Putnam 1982-83 0399126295 / 9780399126291 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 640 pages; DJ in acrylic. Publ 1982, 4th revised edition 23468 
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THE LYLE OFFICIAL BOOKS REVIEW 1980, Taylor, Liz (editor)
11 THE LYLE OFFICIAL BOOKS REVIEW 1980 Taylor, Liz (editor)
Glenmayne, Scotland Lyle Publications 1979 0902921932 / 9780902921931 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Book Dealing; Book Selling; Book Buying; Book Prices; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo; 382 pages; Isbn: 0825696704 current prices for over 5, 000 specially selected second hand and out-of-print books, that were sold in auction, or by specialized dealers to purchasers with prices quoted in pounds and dollars as well. 9792 
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BOOK COLLECTING

Almost from time immemorial book collecting, and before that manuscript collecting, and before that anything that you could scratch or carve a message on, has been the subject of much interest. Today we have many categories of book collecting- Fancy bindings, Religious books, Philosophy books, Mystery books, Modern 1st editions, Leather bound books, Textbooks, Early readers, Archaeology books, Art books, Children's books and numberless others. You need not break the bank on 15th and 16th century works. There are some areas that are not yet popular and have a lot of growing to do. Alice in Wonderland with it's endless editions and artists is a fertile field for study as is Disney and Pinocchio. Religious books are now enjoying a greatly increased following. Early readers have a ways to go in appreciation yet. Poetry works may be on the decline a bit though still holding firm. Areas that appear unexploited at this time are Salesman's Dummy books. These are typically turn of the century or early 20th century works comprising highlights of several books. They were designed for salesmen to take orders with. These frequently included covers, spines, limited amounts of text and a good supply of illustrations from each featured book all bound together. Currently these are cheap out of all proportion to their scarcity. Search and you shall find in the land where the Princes of Serendip reign. ARC's (Advance review Copies) are also scarce relative to their key role in publication. These usually contain uncorrected proofs of the book to be issued, often along with author's signatures. They usually sell, even signed, at a considerable discount to the First Edition work which actually came later. Local Cookbooks such as published for church groups, clubs, etc. are now very low priced. You have to have a game plan here or risk being overwhelmed by the mass of cheap material now out there. Beeton's 1907 magazine, arguably the most highly valued magazine is popular for pritning "A Study in Scarlet", Sherlock Holmes first appearance in print. This sold in 1929 for a few shillings, about 1974 it achieved 80L at auction. A couple of years ago it exeeded $150,000 when sold at auction. Early magazines with their appearances of Edgar Alan Poe, Frank Baum, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Maxfield Parrish, Winslow Homer and the Wyeths among hundreds of coveted authors and artists in print are a fertile field. The best children's collection assembled was put together by a poorly paid school teacher in the the years when Children's books were not considered suitable for serious collectors. Today that collection resides at Yale to world acclaim. There is such a large world out there. Pick your specialty, buy quality, and your search will be a happy one and your rewards many.
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