By Nicholas A. Basbanes
While first released, A mild Madness astounded and overjoyed readers concerning the ardour and fee a collector is prepared to make in pursuit of the booklet. Written ahead of the emergence of the net yet newly up-to-date for the twenty first Century reader, A mild Madness captures that final second in time while creditors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and highway stalls, excessive stakes auctions, and the subterfuge priceless of a real bibliomaniac. An event one of the troubled, A mild Madness is vividly anecdotal and carefully researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter s center to light up creditors earlier and found in their pursuit of bibliomania. Now a undying vintage of accumulating, no lover of books can leave out A light Madness.
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6 million realized establishing several records in the process. As time went on, there were other milestones, and I kept track of each one, amazed, quite frankly, by how they continued to validate the sense of purpose they had articulated so eloquently for me when I first encountered them, and how they had secured their place in the unfolding continuum. Among the many collectors, booksellers, and librarians you will meet in the pages that follow, the list of those no longer with us now has grown to include Forrest J.
George Fletcher and Elizabeth Poole-Wilson, the Pierpont Morgan Library; Paul Gehl, Newberry Library; William L. Joyce, Firestone Library, Princeton University; Alan Jutzi and John Rhodehamel, Henry E. Huntington Library; Barbara Kuck, Johnson & Wales University; Thomas Kren, J. Paul Getty Museum; John Lannon, Boston Athenæum; Richard Luckett, Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge University; Marcus A. McCorison and Georgia B. Barnhill, American Antiquarian Society; Bernard McTigue, New York Public Library; Laura V.
Lou, the younger of the brothers, retired to Arizona; Ben later opened a downsized version of the store a few miles away, and at this writing serves an upscale clientele in an elegant bricks and mortar setting. Among the many quotable quotations you will encounter in these pages, one of my favorites is the explanation the California railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington gave for what drove him to create what became one of the world’s great research libraries. “Men may come and men may go, but books go on forever,” he said more than a century ago to the legendary bookseller A.