Bibliomania by Thomas Frognall Dibdin

By Thomas Frognall Dibdin

Dibdin's Bibliomania is an anthem to the broadcast ebook, a caution to the unwary concerning the perils of obsessive book-collecting, and the confessions of a rabid book-collector. As an informal look on the ebook will express, Dibdin's footnotes predominate over textual content, and it truly is within the footnotes that the curiosity lies. They invite questions as usually as they resolution them. what's the meant similarity among 'Orator' Henley's library and Addison's memoranda for the Spectator? What slicing phrases did Edward Gibbon write approximately Thomas Hearne? Why should still we now not be shocked to discover a booklet on American historical past via 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 e-book, 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 supply a few of the solutions and should, it truly is was hoping, lead readers to find new books and new writers, or, extra usually and extra pleasurably, outdated books and outdated writers. This e-book relies upon Dibdin's first version of 1809, to that have been extra an creation and eighty-five pages of invaluable endnotes, commonly keen on biographical information of the printers, librarians, bookbinders, writers, book-collectors and Bibliomaniacs to whom Dibdin refers. An appendix comprises John Ferriar's Bibliomania, the poem which triggered Dibdin's paintings. There also are a considerable bibliography and index. This ebook should be worthwhile to bibliographers, librarians, cultural historians and all these drawn to books and publication humans. It offers a priceless insights into antiquarianism more often than not and book-collecting specifically. Dibdin's booklet levels generally, from Juliana Barnes, Wynkyn de Worde, Michael Maittaire and the St Albans Schoolmaster, to Thomas desire, Edward Rowe Mores, William Hunter and Horace Walpole. a lot of his footnotes (which soak up way more of the e-book than the textual content) comprise info of the $64000 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 remarkable GBP99 15s in 1804. Peter Danckwerts studied ebook Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, Bibliography & Textual feedback on the college of Leeds, arithmetic with the Open collage, and Medieval stories at Birkbeck university, college 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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Famous Cicill, treasorer of the land, Whose wisedome, counsell, skill of Princes state The world admires ––––––––––––––––––– The house itselfe doth shewe the owners wit, And may for bewtie, state, and every thing, Compared be with most within the land. Tale of Two Swannes, 590. 23 26 THOMAS FROGNALL DIBDIN In regard to Elizabeth, her Prayer-Book24 (24) is quite evidence sufficient for me that she found the BIBLIOMANIA irresistible! During her reign, how vast and how frightful were the ravages of the Book-madness!

Robert Louis Stephenson quoted the song several times in his letters [Stephenson 899, i, pp. 265, 366]. Robert Tear’s moving rendition of it is available on a 2-CD compilation from EMI called The very best of English song. Three of Charles Dibdin’s extremely enjoyable mini-operas performed by Opera Restor’d are available as volume 6 of Hyperion Records’ English Orpheus series. On the slender ground that Dibdin mentions Burton’s Anatomy of melancholy (Bibliomania, p. 4) and that Milton drew on that work for his L’allegro and Il penseroso, I suggest that Handel’s L’allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato will prove ideal listening for the cultured bibliomaniac.

II. 539, note. (5) The reader will find an animated eulogy on this great nobleman in Walpole’s34 Anecdotes of Painters, vol iv. 227: part of which was transcribed by Joseph Warton35 for his Variorum edition of Pope’s Works, and from thence copied into the recent edition of the same by the Rev. W. L. 36 But PEMBROKE37 deserved a more particular notice. ] and Palmer,39 shew that the productions of Jenson40 and Caxton4 were no strangers to his library. Annales Typographici, vol. I. 3. edit. 79.

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