By Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Dibdin's Bibliomania is an anthem to the broadcast ebook, a caution to the unwary in regards to the perils of obsessive book-collecting, and the confessions of a rabid book-collector. As an off-the-cuff look on the e-book will convey, Dibdin's footnotes predominate over textual content, and it really is within the footnotes that the curiosity lies. They invite questions as frequently 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 stunned to discover a e-book on American background through 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 out publication, as any Innholder betwixt Brentford and Bagshot'? was once 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 number of the solutions and should, it really is was hoping, lead readers to find new books and new writers, or, extra usually and extra pleasurably, previous books and previous writers. This e-book relies upon Dibdin's first version of 1809, to that have been additional an creation and eighty-five pages of important endnotes, often interested in biographical info 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 e-book should be helpful to bibliographers, librarians, cultural historians and all these attracted to books and e-book humans. It provides a invaluable insights into antiquarianism in most cases and book-collecting specifically. Dibdin's booklet levels extensively, from Juliana Barnes, Wynkyn de Worde, Michael Maittaire and the St Albans Schoolmaster, to Thomas desire, Edward Rowe Mores, William Hunter and Horace Walpole. lots of his footnotes (which take in way more of the publication than the textual content) include information of the $64000 publication 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 superb GBP99 15s in 1804. Peter Danckwerts studied e-book Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, Bibliography & Textual feedback on the collage of Leeds, arithmetic with the Open college, and Medieval reports at Birkbeck collage, collage of London. he's at present getting ready an variation of Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers for Tiger of the Stripe.
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He died in 706, aged 65: after his death, Lord Oxford purchased all his collections and papers for his library: these are now in the Harleian collection in the British Museum. ’ – Bowyer and Nichols’s Origin of Printing, p 64. 89, note. It has been my fortune (whether good or bad remains to be proved) not only to transcribe the slender memorial of Printing in the Philosophical Transactions, drawn up by Wanley73 for Bagford, but to wade through forty-two folio volumes, in which Bagford’s materials for a History of Printing are incorporated, in the British Museum: and from these, I think I have furnished myself with a pretty fair idea of the said Bagford.
The Introducton by Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly is interesting and instructive. Isaac D’Isræli’s Curiosities of literature was a great inﬂuence on Dibdin. Fortunately, the British Library and Oak Knoll Press have recently published a handsome anthology of this engaging writer’s works, Isaac D’Isræli on books [D’Isræli 2004]. Finally, for those who wish to see how over-inﬂated later editions of Dibdin’s Bibliomania became, Thoemmes Continuum oﬀer a reprint of the 876 edition [Dibdin 2003], weighing in at 744 pages.
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