“An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s Anatomy of Bibliomania is the cornerstone of his indispensable trio of books on “”the usefulness. Let me say at the outset that this is not a book I intend to read soon in its entirety. The Anatomy of Bibliomania is extraordinary for above all the. ABOUT · CONTACT · BLOG · PROJECTS · HELP · DONATE · JOBS · VOLUNTEER · PEOPLE. Full text of “The Anatomy Of Bibliomania”. See other formats.

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Copyright by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. With deliciously understated wit, he comments on why we read, where we read–on journeys, at mealtimes, on the toilet this has “a long but mostly unrecorded history”in bed, and in prison–and what happens to us when we read.

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Unlike most manias, bibliomania is an ennobling affliction, worth cultivating, improving, and enjoying to its heights and depths. Vitali rated it it was amazing Mar 07, Thanks for telling us about the problem.


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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Phil Nemethy rated it it was ok Mar 21, This is a book for those who are devoted, not to the words on the page and their meaning but, rather, to the bindings on the shelves, to the long history of priceless volumes passing from the hands of one devoted collector to another.

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Holbrook Jackson Pub Date: Abbey rated it liked it Dec 27, However, the overall bias of his prose is clear throughout: Trivia About The Anatomy of Bi Not a book for the casual lover of books. There are many interesting stories to be told about these collectors, and Jackson has collected all of them–like a true bibliophile, he collects stories with only the smallest measure of discernment. Alebriand rated it it was amazing Dec 26, University of Illinois Press.

I have to admit Biblioania very much enjoyed some sections of the book — particularly his insights on books as weapons literally their use to hit people over the head as well as the history of reading and the toilet which didn’t go to graphic lengths, but was still suggestive of a potentially interesting field of study.


Oct 01, Bryan Szabo rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His sparkling commentary addresses why we read, where we read on journeys, at mealtimes, on the toilet—this has “a long but mostly unrecorded history”—in bed, and in prison and bibliomajia happens to us when we read.

To collect books for any other reason seems, to this reviewer, a kind of madness. He touches on bindings, bookworms, libraries, and the sport of book hunting, as well as the behavior of borrowers, embezzlers, thieves, and collectors.

The anatomy of bibliomania

Jackson’s cross-lights and unexpected illuminations are fascinating. Even when Jackson wrote this book nearly a century ago, this process was nearly complete. Jerry rated it liked it Ajatomy 02, Kenneth Baker rated it really liked it Jun 27, August rated it it was amazing Jan 08, Autumn Walker rated it it was amazing Feb 22,