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Month: May, 2012

Well and truly booked: A beginner’s guide to bibliomania

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I knew we were all mad…

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“Some people think that collecting old books is a kind of mild insanity. The collector, on his side, smiles upon the ignorant who cannot understand the enjoyment of collecting. The philosopher says: Ne quid nimis, go not too far. But all of the adages this one is the most difficult to follow. The bibliophile is the master of his books, the bibliomaniac their slave. With development of bibliomania, the friendly, warming flame of a hobby become devastating, ravaging wildfire, a tempest of loosened and vehement passions. We are then in the presence of a pathological, irresistible mental compulsion, which has produced more than one crime interesting enough to be remembered”

What amazes me about this opening quote is that it was written almost 70 years ago. It comes from an article by Dr. Martin Sander published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (1943). So what’s the evidence for…

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Early Bibles at New College Library

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Putting the “Special” in special collections.

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New College Library has rich and distinct Bible collections. This  Geneva Bible, printed in 1599 with an illustrated frontispiece is just one example.  Called a Geneva Bible because it was produced by a group of Protestant scholars who fled to Geneva during the time of Queen Mary I of England (1553 – 1558), it was innovative in being a  mass-produced Bible which came with a variety of scriptural study guides and aids.

 This 1599 edition also inclues the new “Junius” version of the Book of Revelation, in which the notes were translated from a new Latin commentary by Fransiscus Junius on Revelation. It was the Bible used by John Knox and Oliver Cromwell, making it hugely important to the study of sixteenth and seventeenth century Britain.

University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Divinity students on programmes such as the Masters degree in  Theology in History have the opportunity to handle rare books like this as part of their studies.

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Lyell Lectures 2012

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Did you know there are 232 currently recorded copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio in collections and institutions?

Stumbling Across a Rarity, Even for the Rare Book Room – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Stumbling Across a Rarity, Even for the Rare Book Room – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Stumbling Across a Rarity, Even for the Rare Book Room – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Online Bookselling before the Internet « The Oak Knoll Biblio-Blog

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Online Bookselling before the Internet « The Oak Knoll Biblio-Blog.

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A new chapter for rare book collecting | Books | guardian.co.uk

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A new chapter for rare book collecting | Books | guardian.co.uk.

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Book dealers court the press at their peril | Books | guardian.co.uk

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Book dealers court the press at their peril | Books | guardian.co.uk.

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Bookride: hardcore book blogging…

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The latest wisdom from Mr. B.