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

A Gentle Madness by Nicholas A. Basbanes
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Nov 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: books-and-reading, authors-ab, 2007-read
Read in November, 2007 , read count: 1

I feel so much better about my book collecting habits after reading this, because I am much less crazy than some of these people. Really, though, it's a completely absorbing book, packed with marvelous collections, passionate (often too passionate) collectors, and interesting tidbits about books and booklovers, from ancient days to the present. I especially loved the examination of a Gutenberg Bible owned by collector William Scheide, who shows it to Basbanes and goes over it in tiny, fascinating detail. And I had no idea that there's a manuscript museum in Tacoma, but now I really want to go there.

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