Korri's Reviews > A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books

A Gentle Madness by Nicholas A. Basbanes
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Jan 09, 2010

bookshelves: books-about-books
Read in June, 2011

This massive tome is mostly about book collecting. While I, too, savor the search for the perfect book--revelling in the sensory experience of old paper, glue, and neatly folded bindings and eagerly perusing the words of people who lived before and will live long after me--my quest is more about the content of the book, not books as objects themselves. Although I admire old books (and enjoyed all the ancient manuscripts in NYPL's exhibit Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam), I don't particularly care about value, first editions, autographs, etc. (But I did find myself tracking down a certain edition of a certain book because I laughed myself silly over the misprinting of 'consenting male adults' as 'consulting male audits'.) Maybe I'll try reading all 533 pages again at a later date, when I am more appreciative of the subjects.

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