But the fact remains that all these notes bring us a great body of knowledge that this author of writings such as La Figure du bibliomane
: histoire du livre et strategie litteraire auxixe siecle has been able to dig up for our delight.
Ferriar describes the hallucinations that occur while sleeping, for instance, by offering as examples the "Author," who "enjoys the delight of perusing works of infinite wit and elegance, which never had any real existence," and the "Bibliomane
," who "purchases illuminated manuscripts, and early editions on vellum, for sums so trifling, that he cannot conceal his joy from the imaginary vendor." (31) Nearly two decades later, Samuel Warren (a barrister and Master in Lunacy) published an essay in Blackwood's titled "The Spectre-Smitten," in which a man haunted by a spectral hallucination is prompted to hire an amanuensis with the intention of dictating a romance.
Not the general in the labyrinth so much as the bibliomane
in his library.
Among our other Black History Month offerings are Nia Ngina Meeks's BIBLIOMANE
(page 46) on the historic ties between African and Native American people; Ingrid Sturgis's report on the Swann Galleries' annual sale of historic works on paper that will be of great interest to book collectors (page 52); and Steven G.
D'Israeli, on the one hand, invites us to consider the distinctions between a bibliopole, bibliothecaire, bibliognoste, bibliographe, bibliophile, bibliotaphe, and a bibliomane
("an indiscriminate accumulator, who blunders faster than he buys, cock-brained, and purse-heavy!"), while Bendorf suggests provocatively that university "librarians have now set themselves apart, with their own reward systems and with technological skills that many faculty members could not begin to comprehend."
(18) The renewed importance of binding was proclaimed by the bibliomane
Octave Uzanne in his 1897 manifesto, La Nouvelle Bibliopolis.
Meticulously weaving his examination of the collector within the history of the book, the history of print culture and the history of ideas, in La Figure du bibliomane
, Daniel Desormeaux convincingly highlights the distinguishing traits, and the literary significance of various strains of nineteenth-century bibliomania (literary, historical and the quasi-inevitable conflation of the two).
Altro aspetto della prosa di Dossi ad aver attirato l'attenzione della critica e l'umorismo, spesso posto in relazione con l'intertestualita (vastissima, da bibliomane
onnivoro) e con i modelli di scrittura, nazionali (Manzoni, Porta) e internazionali (Richter, Jean Paul, Sterne).
These themes can be summed up by saying Kitaj is a Jew, a bibliomane
and a painter who works in an era shaped by modernism in all the arts.
A century later, however, the ridicule once accorded the bibliomane
was ceding to respect, even admiration.
La Figure du bibliomane
. Histoire du livre et strategie litteraire au XIXe siecle.
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