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The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Never, however, have I wholly ceased to regret the loss of the Elzevir, for an Elzevir is to me one of the most gladdening sights human eye can rest upon. In his life of the elder Aldus, Renouard says: "How few are there of those who esteem and pay so dearly for these pretty editions who know that the type that so much please them are the work of Francis Garamond, who cast ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 8th 2008 by Tutis Digital Pub (first published 1896)
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Jun 30, 2012 Betty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book lovers
A delightful book written on Field's deathbed. He is a book lover in the truest sense; he loves reading them, he loves the entertainment, information, adventure, romance and travels which they provide, but more than all this, he adores his books, the touch, the smell, the feel and the luxury of them. In this little book we meet his 'lovers' and the friends who had the same propensity for books he had. Fields' first 'love', around age 6, was The New England Primer. From this little gem, he harves ...more
Carmen Pulín
Una obrita muy entretenida, especialmente para quienes también "padecemos" la enfermedad del libro.
El comienzo del libro es muy ameno, y es fácil reconocerse en la descripción del bibliómano, en la historia que Field nos narra sobre sus propios inicios como lector. Es la mejor parte de la obra, en mi opinión.
El resto de la obra, si bien tiene destellos ocasionales y muchas de sus frases merecen destacarse, presenta dos obstáculos para el lector, especialmente para el de lengua española:

- Hay num
This is the history of a true book lover. In each chapter, Field describes a moment in his life when he fell in love with a specific book and how it affected his life. He also blamed his love of books for his baldness.

"I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading."
There wasn't much new here (I think I may finally be reaching a saturation point in terms of reading these memoirs) but I found what it had to offer interesting and fun to read nonetheless. Field was one of the earlier book-lover/memoirists, and this recollection of his life of bookish pursuits was published posthumously. It's notable for a few things. First, he ties his lifelong obsession with books to a single volume (The New England Primer) from his youth. He brings the formative role of this ...more
Some of the chapters I liked better then others because I knew the books Field was talking about, other chapters went over my head as I had no knowledge of the people or books but all and all it was an interesting, humorous and sometimes strangely familiar feeling to the way I feel about books. If you like "The Haunted Bookshop" I'm sure that you will find much to like here.
Barbara Justiniano
Saw this book while perusing Amazon and decided to buy it. The book is quite entertaining, has some wonderful poetry relating to books quoted in verse, and many interesting stories as told from a self professed bibliomaniac. Overall an enjoyable quick read.
Well, this is generally the sort of thing I like whether it's well-written or not, but I'm afraid I just found Mr. Field rather irritating and affected. :/
Perhaps I'm uncharacteristically susceptible right now because I'm hardly half way through this intoxicating assemblage of words and I'm in love.
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