“An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s Anatomy of Bibliomania is the cornerstone of his indispensable trio of books on “”the usefulness. Let me say at the outset that this is not a book I intend to read soon in its entirety. The Anatomy of Bibliomania is extraordinary for above all the. ABOUT · CONTACT · BLOG · PROJECTS · HELP · DONATE · JOBS · VOLUNTEER · PEOPLE. Full text of “The Anatomy Of Bibliomania”. See other formats.

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I bibliomqnia have felt somewhat differently if I had taken longer to digest its pages, but on the whole I found Jackson’s meandering style in desperate need of an editorial hand.

No small number of the bibliophiles in this book were lovers of the printed word. Belk Limited preview – Published October 23rd by University of Illinois Press first published Sowerby, Bubliomania Science Monitor. Books by Holbrook Jackson. Gerald Donaldson Snippet view – Selected pages Title Page.

Jackson’s cross-lights and unexpected illuminations are fascinating. I have to admit I very much enjoyed some sections of the book — particularly his insights on books as weapons literally their use to hit people over the head as well as the history of reading and the toilet which didn’t go to graphic lengths, but was still suggestive of a potentially interesting field of study.

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There is little doubt he manages to do so in the lengthy prose of his work, but he does so by piling source upon quote upon source with no thesis or anatpmy behind them.


The Anatomy of Bibliomania

There was a problem adding your email address. He goes on at great length bjbliomania this effect, in several chapters, highlighting differences between bibliophiles who love books for reading and bibliomanes who only care for the object.

Trivia About The Anatomy of Bi Vitali rated it it was amazing Mar 07, Steve Booras rated it it was amazing Aug 02, He touches on bibliimania, bookworms, libraries, and the sport of book hunting, as well as the behavior of borrowers, embezzlers, thieves, and collectors.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Holbrook Jackson – anztomy a British journalist, writer and publisher.

University of Illinois Press. August rated it it was amazing Jan 08, Alebriand rated it it was amazing Dec 26, His sparkling commentary addresses why bibliomanis read, where we read on journeys, at mealtimes, on the toilet—this has “a long but mostly unrecorded history”—in bed, and in prison and what happens to us when we read.

Of books about books it is hard to report, for every bibliomaniac has his or her special loves. There is NO study that I know of at bilbiomania of this subject that is so wide-ranging and thorough.

There is little doubt he manages to do so in t This book was the bane of my existence for the five days I spent reading it. They loved not just books, but literature as well, loving what books say and how they say it, how anatomt speak to us across the centuries of the essentially unchanged human experience. Oct 01, Bryan Szabo rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s Anatomy of Bibliomania is the cornerstone of his indispensable trio of books on “the usefulness, purpose, and pleasures that proceed from books.


Since the kinds of books bound in moroccan, tooled in gold, some with the scribblings of famous authors anatoym the margins, others with names like Elzevir and Manutius on the biibliomania page that most excite Jackson’s bibliophiles have all but disappeared from the open market, the kind of mania that drives the collector to the bookstalls and the back corner of dusty shops is almost never satisfied with the object of its mad desire.

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This is a book for those who are devoted, not to the words on the page and their meaning but, rather, to the bindings on the shelves, to the long history of priceless volumes passing from the hands of one devoted collector to another. An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s musings on the joys of reading combine his irrepressible wit with the wisdom of famous readers from all corners of the world.

Quotes from The Anatomy of Bi Unlike most manias, bibliomania is an ennobling affliction, worth cultivating, improving, and enjoying bibkiomania its heights and depths.

Rocky Crocker rated it it was amazing Oct 17, I read this work over a period of several months. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your og and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


Our love is unconsummated–but only marginally less sweet for being so. Not even a book for the utterly devoted reader.

We can love these books every bit as much as Jackson’s bibliophiles loved theirs.