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Encyclopedia > Bibliophily

Bibliophilia is the love of books. Accordingly a bibliophile loves books, but especially "for qualities of format". A bookworm loves books for their content, or otherwise loves reading in general. Bibliophilia is generally considered to be incorrect, but some would say it is a new, recent, usage. The practice of loving or collecting books is dubbed bibliophilism, and the adjective form of the term is bibliophilic. Also, a bibliophile may be a book collector. A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. ... Quality refers to the inherent or distinctive characteristics or properties of a person, object, process or other thing. ... Look up format in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Bookworm can refer to: The insect of that name. ... Book collecting is what it sounds like, the collecting of books. ...

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The classic bibliophile is one who loves to read, admire and collect books, often nurturing a large and specialised collection. Bibliophiles do not necessarily want to possess the books they love; an alternative would be to admire them in old libraries. However, the bibliophile is usually an avid book collector, sometimes pursuing scholarship in the collection, sometimes putting form above content with an emphasis on old, rare, and expensive books, first editions, books with special or unusual bindings, autographed copies, etc. Julio Pérez Ferrero Library - Cúcuta, Colombia A modern-style library in Chambéry A library is a collection of information, sources, resources and services, organized for use, and maintained by a public body, an institution, or a private individual. ... Book collecting is what it sounds like, the collecting of books. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


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Bibliophilia is not to be confused with bibliomania, an obsessive-compulsive disorder involving the collecting of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged, and in which the mere fact that an object is a book is sufficient for it to be collected or loved. Most bibliomaniacs, then, are compulsive hoarders, identifiable by the fact that the number of unread books in their possession is continually increasing relative to the total number of books they possess and read. Extreme bibliophilia may amount to a diagnosed psychological condition. Bibliomania is the obsessive purchase or collecting of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged. ... Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding) is a term which is used to describe extreme hoarding behaviour in humans. ... Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul and logos = word) is the study of mind, thought, and behaviour. ...


Some use the term "bibliomania" interchangeably with "bibliophily" and in fact, the Library of Congress does not use the term "bibliophily", but rather refers its readers to either book collecting or bibliomania.[1] The New York Public Library follows the same practice.[2] The Library of Congress is the de facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. ... New York Public Library, central block, built 1897–1911, Carrère and Hastings, architects (June 2003) The New York Public Library (NYPL), one of three public library systems serving New York City, is one of the leading libraries in the United States. ...


History

According to Arthur H. Minters [3] the "private collecting of books was a fashion indulged in by many Romans, including Cicero and Atticus." Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... Cicero at about age 60, from an ancient marble bust Marcus Tullius Cicero (IPA:Classical Latin pronunciation: , usually pronounced in American English or in British English; January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC) was a Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, philosopher, widely considered one of Romes greatest orators... Titus Pomponius Atticus (110 BC/109 BC – 32 BC). ...


The term entered the English language in 1824, according to the Merriam-Webster's reference below. It is to be distinguished from the much older notion of a bookman (which dates back to 1583), which is one who loves books, and especially reading; more generally, a bookman is one who participates in writing, publishing, or selling books. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1824 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Merriam-Webster, originally known as the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a United States company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Websters An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). ... Reading is a process of retrieving and comprehending some form of stored information or ideas. ...


References

  1. ^ Library of Congress
  2. ^ New York Public library search
  3. ^ Minters, Arthur H. (1979). Collecting Books for Fun and Profit. New York: Arco Publishing Inc.. ISBN 0-668-04598-1,. 

(1996) Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary10th ed.. Springfield, Mass: Merriam-WebsterInc. ISBN 0-87779-709-9.  1888 advertisement for Websters Dictionary Websters Dictionary is the common title given to English language dictionaries in the United States, derived from American lexicographer Noah Webster. ... Merriam-Webster, originally known as the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a United States company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Websters An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). ...


Bibliomania - Bibliography

  • The latest holding of the Library of Congress is the following 2003 item::
LC Control No.: 2003054056
Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Shaddy, Robert Alan.
Main Title: Essays on books and bibliophiles : aspects on the history of books and book-collecting in America
/ Robert A. Shaddy.
Published/Created: Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, c2003.
Description: iv, 142 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN 0-7734-6642-8
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [111]-137) and index.
Subjects: Book collecting--United States--History.
Book collectors--United States--History.
Bibliomania.
LC Classification: Z987.5.U6 S47 2003
Dewey Class No.: 002/.075 21
Geographic Area Code: n-us---

Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Book collecting is what it sounds like, the collecting of books. ... Book collecting is what it sounds like, the collecting of books. ... Bibliomania is the obsessive purchase or collecting of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged. ...

Book Collecting - Bibliography

  • The latest holding of the Library of Congress is the following 2006 item:
LC Control No.: 2006296809
Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Main Title: Book talk : essays on books, booksellers, collecting, and special collections :
/ edited by Robert H. Jackson and Carol Z. Rothkopf.
Published/Created: New Castle, Del. : Oak Knoll Press, 2006.
Related Names: Jackson, Robert H., 1936-
Rothkopf, Carol Zeman.
Description: xvii, 265 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN 1-58456-188-2
Notes: Includes index.
Subjects: Book collecting.
Antiquarian booksellers.
Libraries--Special collections--Rare books.
LC Classification: Z987 .B74 2006
Dewey Class No.: 002.075 22
Other System No.: (OCoLC)ocm68710345
Quality Code: lccopycat

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Book collecting is what it sounds like, the collecting of books. ...

See also

An antiquarian or antiquary is one concerned with antiquities or things of the past. ... This article is considered orphaned, since there are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Antisemitica designates, in the fields of Book collecting, and Rare book dealing, the collection and distribution of books, pamphlets, serials, posters, etc. ... Bibliomania is the obsessive purchase or collecting of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged. ... Book collecting is what it sounds like, the collecting of books. ... The Club of Odd Volumes is a society of bibliophiles founded on January 25, 1887 at Boston in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... The Grolier Club is a society of bibliophiles, founded in New York City in January, 1884, the oldest such club in North America. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... The suffix -philia is used to specify the love or obsession with something (philia), as well as affinity or attraction to something. ... This article is about the Manga and Anime Ova. ... Members of the State Military. ... Serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan Original run February 2002 – still running No. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya[1] ) is the first Japanese light novel in the Haruhi Suzumiya series written by Japanese author Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrated by Japanese artist Noizi Ito. ...

External links

  • Forbes article on bibliomania by Finn-Olaf Jones, December 12, 2005

 
 

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