Bibliophile Books A Gentle Madness by Nicholas A. Basbanes Book Lovers Book Gifts Book Collectors Story for Bibliophiles Gifts

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This is a near fine (almost like new) hardcover with dust jacket. 1996 Edition Henry Holt, Owl Books. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are still crisp and clean with no markings seen inside. Brown hardcover boards under jacket are also near fine with only a hint of shelf wear. The accompanying dust jacket is showing light wear to corners/edges but overall very good. Medium octavo book size or 6.5" x 9.5" with 638 pages.

A Gentle Madness by Nicholas A. Basbanes is subtitled Bibliophiles, Bibliomaniacs, and The Eternal Passion for Books. The first half of the book is ancient history in Alexandria when a commitment was made to gather all the world's knowledge beneath one roof. It continues through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the 20th century with a special emphasis on book lore and book culture in Great Britain and North America. The second half of the book offers a gallery of profiles of collectors and examines great stories such as the rare book thefts of Stephen Blumberg. It includes a bibliography on book collecting.

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