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Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance   By: (1776-1847)

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BIBLIOMANIA.

[Illustration]

Libri quosdam ad Scientiam, quosdam AD INSANIAM, deduxêre. GEYLER: Navis Stultifera: sign. B. iiij. rev.

BIBLIOMANIA;

OR

=Book Madness;=

A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ROMANCE.

ILLUSTRATED WITH CUTS.

BY THOMAS FROGNALL DIBDIN, D.D.

=New and improved Edition,=

TO WHICH ARE ADDED PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS, AND A SUPPLEMENT INCLUDING A KEY TO THE ASSUMED CHARACTERS IN THE DRAMA.

[Illustration: Engraved by S. Freeman. ]

=London:= Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly. MDCCCLXXVI.

[Illustration: T.F. DIBDIN, D.D.

Engraved by James Thomson from the Original Painting by T. Phillips, Esqr. R.A.

Published by the Proprietors (for the New Edition) of the Rev. Dr. Dibdins Bibliomania 1840.]

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TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

THE EARL OF POWIS,

PRESIDENT OF

=The Roxburgh Club,=

THIS

NEW EDITION

OF

BIBLIOMANIA

IS

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED BY

THE AUTHOR.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

The public may not be altogether unprepared for the re appearance of the BIBLIOMANIA in a more attractive garb than heretofore; and, in consequence, more in uniformity with the previous publications of the Author.

More than thirty years have elapsed since the last edition; an edition, which has become so scarce that there seemed to be no reasonable objection why the possessors of the other works of the Author should be deprived of an opportunity of adding the present to the number: and although this re impression may, on first glance, appear something like a violation of contract with the public, yet, when the length of time which has elapsed, and the smallness of the price of the preceding impression, be considered, there does not appear to be any very serious obstacle to the present republication; the more so, as the number of copies is limited to five hundred.

Another consideration deeply impressed itself upon the mind of the Author. The course of thirty years has necessarily brought changes and alterations amongst "men and things." The dart of death has been so busy during this period that, of the Bibliomaniacs so plentifully recorded in the previous work, scarcely three, including the Author have survived. This has furnished a monitory theme for the APPENDIX; which, to the friends both of the dead and the living, cannot be perused without sympathising emotions

"A sigh the absent claim, the DEAD a tear."

The changes and alterations in "things," that is to say in the =Bibliomania= itself have been equally capricious and unaccountable: our countrymen being, in these days, to the full as fond of novelty and variety as in those of Henry the Eighth. Dr. Board, who wrote his Introduction of Knowledge in the year 1542, and dedicated it to the Princess Mary, thus observes of our countrymen:

I am an Englishman, and naked do I stand here, Musing in my mind what raiment I shall wear; For now I will wear this, and now I will wear that, Now I will wear I cannot tell what.

This highly curious and illustrative work was reprinted, with all its wood cut embellishments, by Mr. Upcott. A copy of the original and most scarce edition is among the Selden books in the Bodleian library, and in the Chetham Collection at Manchester. See the Typographical Antiquities, vol. iii. p. 158 60.

But I apprehend the general apathy of Bibliomaniacs to be in a great measure attributable to the vast influx of BOOKS, of every description, from the Continent owing to the long continuance of peace; and yet, in the appearance of what are called English Rarities, the market seems to be almost as barren as ever. The wounds, inflicted in the HEBERIAN contest, have gradually healed, and are subsiding into forgetfulness; excepting where, from collateral causes, there are too many striking reasons to remember their existence... Continue reading book >>




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