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 (bĭb′lē-ə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
An exaggerated preoccupation with the acquisition and ownership of books.

bib′li·o·ma′ni·ac′ (-ăk′) n.
bib′li·o·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ə-kəl) adj.
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All the ingredients of this concept are inherently visible in the life of today's celebrant who is regarded as an irredeemable bibliomaniac by some of his friends.
"I never got hold of a style which I think is quite equal to it," he claimed, "and it is truly, as they call it, 'inimitable.'" (42) Strong's mentor in literary as well as book historical matters was his professor of Greek and Latin at Columbia College, Charles Anthon--a devout bibliomaniac. Anthon's library in 1837 contained some five thousand books and manuscripts.
As a bibliomaniac, as a teacher, as someone who believes in the manifold blessings showered on readers by books, I have made it my life's mission to encourage, even push, people to read.
The originals were acquired by Henry Stevens and on-sold to bibliomaniac Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) who owned an enormous private library at Cheltenham.
A self-confessed bibliomaniac, Lord Rees-Moggs has collected books since he was 11, when he bought a history published in 1720.
The far-reaching and insightful essays and reviews in Arguably, perhaps his last collection (Hitchens has been fighting advanced esophageal cancer since 2010), offer the author's take on politics (of course), foreign affairs, fiction (from Stieg Larsson's thrillers to Harry Potter to Lolita), women in comedy (his most unpopular essay ever, Hitchens reports), and the mind of a bibliomaniac, among other topics.
Public-library discards make up most of my library, along with contributions from an old friend, a bibliomaniac whose long-suffering wife made a rule that, for every book that came in, one had to go out.
Story had also written on the history of printing and of book collecting (for instance, a delightful article on Richard Heber, the early nineteenth-century British bibliomaniac (9)).
While mainlanders engaged in what Martyn Lyons has described as a 'national fetish for literary commemorations', including the key event of the annual Shakespeare Day to celebrate the bard's birthday, Sticht signalled his enthusiasm locally through the promotion of the local Penghana Shakespeare Club, and in his usual bibliomaniac way.