Bibliophobia: Remarks on the Present Languid and Depressed by Thomas Frognall Dibdin

By Thomas Frognall Dibdin

In 1809, Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) released the 1st version of Bibliomania, focussing at the modern craze for booklet amassing. brought in English on the finish of the eighteenth century, the time period 'bibliomania' - or 'book-madness' - won reputation with the book of Dibdin's e-book, during which bibliophiles behavior dialogues at the nature and heritage of ebook gathering, and the indications of and attainable treatments for this 'fatal disease'. released in 1832 below the pseudonym Mercurius Rusticus, Bibliophobia is a brief pamphlet, which offers itself as a letter to the writer of Bibliomania. The narrator, a book-lover himself, is going on a 'bibliopolistic pilgrimage', basically to determine that 'bibliomania isn't any more', and that 'books are just the shadow of what they were'. From book-lovers to creditors, and from booksellers to libraries, the narrator includes out his wonderful but melancholic research the entire option to the Bodleian Library.

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Bernardo took this as a direct insult—and a CHALLENGE was sent forthwith: the field of battle, Little Britain! On a very careful enquiry, I find no truth in this report—although I am not disposed to question the accuracy of the anecdote recorded in the text. —who has now turned his Septuagenarian corner. His glorious library has vanished like the morning dew:—his pictures, finding the separation insupportable, resolved to share the fate of their beloved companions—and they too are dispersed, never to be reunited.

Having lost my list of memoranda, taken on the spot, I grieve to say that my account of this classical retreat must be thus superficial. But it is only the performance of an act of common justice to add, that the Falernian and Mark Brenner of Priscian crowned the evening's hospitality of his abode. I quitted such a residence with reluctance; especially as I had so many inducements, unconnected with my passion for books, to make a longer stay. But my time was limited. To say nothing about the laurels, growing wild and unseemly about the "Lodge "—and standing in daily need of their master's pruninghook—(for I allow no one to trim them but myself) I had, in fact, undertaken the execution of a somewhat arduous task in accomplishing the journey in contemplation.

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