A Gentle Madness (Paperback)

Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books

By Nicholas A. Basbanes

Fine Books Press, 9780979949159, 661pp.

Publication Date: May 30, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/1/1999)
Hardcover (8/1/1995)

List Price: 15.95*
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A Gentle Madness continues to astound and delight readers about the passion and expense a collector is willing to make in pursuit of the book. The book captures that last moment in time when collectors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and street stalls, high stakes auctions, and the subterfuge worthy of a true bibliomaniac. An adventure among the afflicted, A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdotal and thoroughly researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter's heart to illuminate collectors past and present in their pursuit of bibliomania. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.