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DIBDIN, Rev. Thomas Frognall.


The Bibliomania; or, Book-Madness; containing some account of the history, symptoms, and cure of this fatal disease. In an epistle addressed to Richard Heber, Esq. London: Printed for Longman,… . 1809.

8vo, pp. iv, 87, (1). Title printed partly in red and with short (1 cm.) tear (actually a paper flaw) in lower margin, paper very slightly browned. Nineteenth century half calf, foxing on free endpaper. Bookplate of Jerry F. Donin.

FIRST EDITION of Dibdin’s most famous book, in which he popularised the term ‘bibliomania’. It is an interesting and amusing essay on the principal early book collectors, and curious for having footnotes far longer than the text. “In laying before the public the following brief and superficial account of the disease, which, till it arrested the attention of Dr. Ferriar, had entirely escaped the sagacity of all ancient and modern Physicians, it has been my object to touch chiefly on its leading characteristics; and to present the reader (in the language of my old friend Francis Quarles) with an ‘honest pennyworth’ of information which may, in the end, either suppress or soften the ravages of so destructive a malady” (the Advertisement).

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