Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Book Collecting II - A Select Bibliography

My purpose here is to suggest a few books I have read and enjoyed, and would recommend to fellow book-lovers and collectors. As I stated at the outset of my blog, this is by no means exhaustive; it is rather an eclectic selection which I think others will enjoy.

Further, this is not a formal bibliography, but is instead a list with the barest of information that will allow an interested reader to find good books. I invite comments and additions by readers.

The Best of the New

Nicholas Basbanes

The dean of modern bibliophiles, Basbanes explores the height to which book collecting can rise – and the depths to which it can fall.
  • A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books
  • Patience and Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture
  • Among the Gently Mad: Strategies and Perspectives for the Book-Hunter in the 21st Century
  • A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World
  • Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World

Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

This husband and wife team recount their path into collecting and illustrate waypoints recognizable to evolving collectors.

  • Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World
  • Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Book Lore
  • Warmly Inscribed: The New England Book Forger and Other Book Tales

Mid-20th Century

Jean Peters (ed.)

  • Book Collecting: A Modern Guide - An expert collection of essays on book collecting.

John Carter

  • Taste and Technique in Book Collecting – With Peters (above), two books no collector should be without

Lawrence Clark Powell

  • A Passion for Books
  • Books in my Baggage

Jack Matthews

  • Reading Matter
  • Booking in the Heartland

David McGee

  • Infinite Riches

The Old School

Charles P. Everitt

  • The Adventures of a Treasure Hunter - An unapologetic memoir of an Americana dealer.

Edwin Wolff and John F. Fleming

  • Rosenbach, A Biography - Bio of (arguably) the most famous book dealer of all time.

Thomas Frognall Dibdin

  • Bibliomania, or Book-Madness: Containing Some Account of the History, Symptoms, and Cure of this Fatal Disease - Book collecting roads lead to Dibdin.


Harold Rabinowitz

  • A Passion for Books: A Book Lover’s Treasury… - Excerpts and essays to entertain.

Please include your favorites!



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