BIBLIOMANIA, or BOOK-MADNESS, by Thomas Frognall Dibdin - 1903 [Ltd Ed, Vs 3 & 4]


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External wear and aging. Interiors show minimal signs of age and wear. Most pages still uncut at head. Nice frontis in both vols with caption tissue. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! Please see description for more details. AS IS.

The Bibliomania, or Book-Madness: History, Symptoms and Cure of the Fatal Disease (Vols 3 & 4 only)

by Thomas Frognall Dibdin 

”To know what books are valuable and what are worthless; their intrinsic and extrinsic merits; their rarity, beauty, and particularities of various kinds; and the estimation in which they are consequently held by knowing men—these things add a zest to the gratification we feel in even looking at and handling certain volumes...” -Bibliomania

Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) published a number of bibliographies, of which this is the best known. These include two states of the WH Bicknell etchings made after Howard Pyle's paintings, with captioned tissue, facing colorful title pages. Vol. 3 has 305 pp., vol. 4 has 203 pp. 7 X 9.5 inches.

First Edition, First printing of this Limited Edition of 483 copies printed for society members. Published by: The Bibliophile Society, Boston, MA. 1903.

Hardbacks are overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Both volumes are bound in an imitation vellum, with light to moderate edgewear.
  • Edges and corners are rubbed to varying degrees.
  • Sunned spines have gilt letters and design, and worn ends.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Most pages are uncut/unopened at head edge.
  • Deckled fore and foot edges of text block exhibit a little wear and age.
  • Faint scent released upon thumbing.
  • Interior is free of intentional marks.
  • Very scarce foxing or edgewear to pages. 
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20171012
Dibdin’s “most famous book is Bibliomania, or, Book-madness, containing some account of the history, symptoms and cure of this fatal disease (1809); it included biographical sketches of the collectors of his day. It successfully caught the taste of the time among the aristocracy... Dibdin popularized the word ‘bibliomania’, a term evocative of that era's antiquarian interests; his main contributions seem to have been his zealous enthusiasm in promoting book collecting generally among the aristocracy, as well as putting forth the principle of first-hand examination of books in the compilation of bibliographies” (Dictionary of National Biography).

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Binding: Fine Binding
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Year Printed: 1903
Author: Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Place of Publication: Boston MA
Publisher: The Bibliophile Society
Subject: Reference
Topic: Book Collecting
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