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Books and Bookmen   By: (1844-1912)

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Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang is a wonderful journey through the world of literature and the people who write, publish, and collect books. Lang, with his expertise and admiration for all things literary, explores the various aspects of the book industry and how it has evolved over time.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this book is Lang's profound knowledge of the subject matter. He effortlessly delves into the history of books, tracing their origins and the impact they have had on society throughout the centuries. From the earliest forms of writing to the printing press and modern publishing, Lang covers it all with remarkable detail and clarity.

What sets Books and Bookmen apart is Lang's ability to bring the world of literature alive through his anecdotes and personal experiences. He shares captivating stories of famous authors and their quirks, making the book a delightful read for any book lover. Lang's writing style is engaging and entertaining, allowing readers to effortlessly navigate through the pages and absorb his passion for books.

Another aspect that makes this book noteworthy is Lang's commentary on the changing landscape of the book industry. He discusses the rise of commercialism and its impact on the quality of literature, as well as the challenges faced by independent publishers. In doing so, Lang offers valuable insights into the challenges faced by writers and the future of the book industry.

While Books and Bookmen is a treasure trove of information, it is worth noting that some of the observations and opinions expressed in this book may be subjective, reflecting Lang's personal tastes and biases. However, this does not detract from the overall value and enjoyment it provides.

In conclusion, Books and Bookmen is an enthralling exploration of the world of books. Andrew Lang's expertise and passion shine through in his meticulous research, engaging anecdotes, and insightful commentary. Whether you are a book lover, a writer, or simply someone curious about the history and future of literature, this book is a delightful and informative read that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for books.

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To the Viscountess Wolseley Preface Elzevirs Ballade of the Real and Ideal Curiosities of Parish Registers The Rowfant Books To F. L. Some Japanese Bogie books Ghosts in the Library Literary Forgeries Bibliomania in France Old French Title pages A Bookman's Purgatory Ballade of the Unattainable Lady Book lovers


Madame, it is no modish thing, The bookman's tribute that I bring; A talk of antiquaries grey, Dust unto dust this many a day, Gossip of texts and bindings old, Of faded type, and tarnish'd gold!

Can ladies care for this to do With Payne, Derome, and Padeloup? Can they resign the rout, the ball, For lonely joys of shelf and stall?

The critic thus, serenely wise; But you can read with other eyes, Whose books and bindings treasured are 'Midst mingled spoils of peace and war; Shields from the fights the Mahdi lost, And trinkets from the Golden Coast, And many things divinely done By Chippendale and Sheraton, And trophies of Egyptian deeds, And fans, and plates, and Aggrey beads, Pomander boxes, assegais, And sword hilts worn in Marlbro's days.

In this pell mell of old and new, Of war and peace, my essays, too, For long in serials tempest tost, Are landed now, and are not lost: Nay, on your shelf secure they lie, As in the amber sleeps the fly... Continue reading book >>

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