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While first released, A light Madness astounded and overjoyed readers concerning the ardour and rate a collector is prepared to make in pursuit of the ebook. Written prior to the emergence of the web yet newly up to date for the twenty first Century reader, A mild Madness captures that final second in time while creditors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and highway stalls, excessive stakes auctions, and the subterfuge invaluable of a real bibliomaniac. An experience one of the stricken, A mild Madness is vividly anecdotal and carefully researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter s center to light up creditors earlier and found in their pursuit of bibliomania. Now a undying vintage of gathering, no lover of books can pass over A light Madness.

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Ruth Baldwin (1918–1990). Courtesy of the University of Florida. 37. Chef Louis Szathmary II. Courtesy of Szathmary Culinary Arts Collection, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island. 38. Louise Taper of Beverly Hills, California. Courtesy of Louise Taper. 39. Harry Huntt Ransom. Portrait by Robert Joy. Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin. 40. William H. Scheide of Princeton, New Jersey. Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 41. The Federalist, with George Washington’s autograph.

Statue of John Harvard (1607–1638). Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 13. Thomas Prince (1687–1758) of Boston. Courtesy of Trustees of the Boston Public Library. 14. James Logan (1674–1751) of Philadelphia. From the Catalogue of the Books Belonging to the Loganian Library. Philadelphia: Library Company of Philadelphia, 1837. 15. George Brinley (1817–1875), about 1850. Courtesy of The William L. Clements Library. 16. James Lenox (1800–1880), about 1870. Courtesy of The New York Public Library. 17.

The Book Fool, by Albrecht Dürer. Courtesy of The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress. 2. Sir Robert Cotton (1571–1631). Commissioned 1626. Attributed to Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen. 3. A page from Beowulf (c. 1000). Courtesy of The British Library. 4. Pepys’s library in York Buildings, London. Courtesy of The Pepys Library. 5. Samuel Pepys (1633–1703). Portrait by J. Hayls, 1666. Courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery, London. 6. Copy of Areopagitica. Courtesy of The British Library.

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