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A Gentle Madness Bibliophiles Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books

Rst century reader A Gentle Madness captures that last moment in time when collectors freuented dusty bookshops street stalls and high stakes auctions conducting themselves with the subterfuge befitting a true bibliomaniac A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdot. A work of nonfiction that provides a steady stream of facts and still manages to be engaging and enjoyable throughout earns a five star rating from me Nicholas Basbanes spins many tales about the origins of famous libraries and the migration patterns of some of the oldest books in existence Reading this added to my must see bucket list Toward the end of this tome there is a very long section on Stephen Blumberg the man known as the most successful bibliokleptomaniac in history It is a spicy talefortunately he respected the books he was hiding and they were returned eventually to all the victimized institutions all across the country and in Canada as well He was sentenced to almost six years in prison and heavily fined Blumberg would not have been caught had a friend not turned him in for a bounty Basbanes mentions many smaller but intriguing collections such as the Mulholland Library of Conjuring and the Allied Arts This was exciting for me because my husband and I have had the opportunity to see this I had heard a couple stories about how David Copperfield came to buy the entire Mulholland collection but I did not know the reason it was sold The back story involves a banker who was implicated in the savings and loan scandal It seems that this collection was a bank president s private perk When that bank collapsed in 1990 the late John Mulholland s collection was seized by a government agency to recoup the bank s losses and it did The last owner paid 575000 for the original collection and his famous curator Ricky Jay continued to enhance it over a period of years In the end about 850000 had been spent on a collection that was then sold to Copperfield for 22 million dollars Nice returnAnother collector who gets space in this book is Fred J Board who collects oddities This man makes his own rules The oddest thing he owns in my opinion must be the book printed on pasta fastened with steel bolts Not sure I d drive to Connecticut to see that There are many human interest type stories included in this fabulous reference book since the passion for collecting cannot be separated from the personalities of these bibliophiles They are the reason that so much history has been preserved and is available for study Since this is a reference book it need not be read from cover to cover I did that out of habit It s well organized and indexed I m glad to have this in my collection and would certainly recommend itRicky Jay is a famous magician and also a most engaging writer I highly recommend Learned Pigs Fireproof Women And he is no longer the curator of the Mulholland Collectionps well indexed means 100 pages of index Lest anyone think I m a speed reader I am not Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers years in prison and heavily fined Blumberg would not have been caught had a friend not turned him in for a bounty Basbanes mentions many smaller but intriguing collections such as the Mulholland Library of Conjuring and the Allied Arts This was exciting for me because my husband and I have had the opportunity to see this I had heard a couple stories about how David Copperfield came to buy the entire Mulholland collection but I did not know the reason it was sold The back story involves a banker who was implicated in the savings and loan scandal It seems that this collection was a bank president s private perk When that bank collapsed in 1990 the late John Mulholland s collection was seized by a government agency to recoup the bank s losses and it did The last owner paid 575000 for the original collection and his famous curator Ricky Jay continued to enhance it over a period of Devoted to Drew years In the end about 850000 had been spent on a collection that was then sold to Copperfield for 22 million dollars Nice returnAnother collector who gets space in this book is Fred J Board who collects oddities This man makes his own rules The oddest thing he owns in my opinion must be the book printed on pasta fastened with steel bolts Not sure I d drive to Connecticut to see that There are many human interest type stories included in this fabulous reference book since the passion for collecting cannot be separated from the personalities of these bibliophiles They are the reason that so much history has been preserved and is available for study Since this is a reference book it need not be read from cover to cover I did that out of habit It s well organized and indexed I m glad to have this in my collection and would certainly recommend itRicky Jay is a famous magician and also a most engaging writer I highly recommend Learned Pigs Fireproof Women And he is no longer the curator of the Mulholland Collectionps well indexed means 100 pages of index Lest anyone think I m a speed reader I am not

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When it was first published A Gentle Madness astounded and delighted readers with stories about the lengths of passion expense and that collectors will go in pursuit of the book Written before the emergence of the Internet but newly updated for the twenty fi. This review has been revised there is a new edition of the book and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License

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Al and thoroughly researched Nicholas A Basbanes brings an investigative reporter’s heart and instincts to the task of chronicling collectors past and present in pursuit of bibliomania Now a classic of collecting A Gentle Madness is a book lover’s deligh. A teetering tower of books with a filmy clothed girl of perhaps 14 sitting on top A few choice beasts winding their way around the stacks Description ofwhat Well only a picture I wish I could draw But when I think of bibliophilia I think of that This not me coming out as a closeted book pervert uite the opposite These children in history and literature were supposed to represent the innocent and uiet nature of learning or knowledge At least that is how I have seen it widely interpreted Yet it was my fantasy to look exactly like that Willowy figure exuberant eyes Instead of the elephantine adolescent that I was Unfortunately this book reminded me of my pathetic gracelessness in which I exercised my teen years Day in day out I am so glad that is over On the flip side it renewed my intellectual vigor for book cover art and the literary processes of forgotten years Hi ho Gutenberg image error Matthews Choice years Day in day out I am so glad that is over On the flip side it renewed my intellectual vigor for book cover art and the literary processes of forgotten The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, years Hi ho Gutenberg image error

  • Hardcover
  • 638
  • A Gentle Madness Bibliophiles Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books
  • Nicholas A. Basbanes
  • English
  • 03 May 2019
  • 9780805036534

About the Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes

Nicholas A Basbanes is an award winning investigative journalist and was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram His articles have appeared in The New York Times the Los Angeles Times The Washington Post and Smithsonian and he is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Basbanes lives in North Grafton Massachusetts



10 thoughts on “A Gentle Madness Bibliophiles Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books

  1. says:

    i just found out that this book is out of print what gives? if you are reading this review you probably like books so do yo

  2. says:

    As it turns out I’m a fraudCompared to the stories told in this book and the stories that surely countless others could tell of their own obsessions with the printed work I’m like the guy in the back of a Star

  3. says:

    This review has been revised there is a new edition of the book and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License

  4. says:

    I don't knowI see all the 5 star ratings and I guess some people were looking for or expecting something different from this book th

  5. says:

    A work of nonfiction that provides a steady stream of facts and still manages to be engaging and enjoyable throughout earns a five star rating from me Nicholas Basbanes spins many tales about the origins of famous libraries and the migration patterns of some of the oldest books in existence Reading this added to

  6. says:

    I first started reading this book soon after it was released At that time I found it interesting but got bored and put it down I kept thinking It's fun to collect books than it is to read about collecting books Recently I picked up this volume again gave it a second chance and couldn't stop reading Don't know

  7. says:

    I'm not sure that i actually fall into the category of bibliophile or bibliomaniac although i've often called myself one I do have a collection of over 3000 books there are still so many in boxes that i haven't catalogued them all but many of

  8. says:

    A teetering tower of books with a filmy clothed girl of perhaps 14 sitting on top A few choice beasts winding their way around the stacks Description ofwhat? Well only a picture I wish I could draw But when I think of bibliophilia I think of that This not me coming out as a closeted book pervert uite the opposite These children in history and literature were supposed to represent the innocent and uiet nature of learning or knowle

  9. says:

    If you're a reader a collector If you love libraries if you're fascinated by the intrigue of the business of collecting then you should than enjoy this book Books are big business people sometimes literally die for books Collectors a

  10. says:

    One of my very favorites I own two copies and have given others to fellow bibliophiles I'd say I too suffer from this Gentl

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