ATG Quirkies: Bibliomania: The Only Known Cure Is to Buy More Books

In this post, essayist Lorraine Berry highlights a sensation with which many of us can readily identify. She admits her “visceral pleasure” in owning and being surrounded by more books than she could ever read.

But, it turns out that she is a rank amateur compared to the “pathological book collectors” she goes on to discuss in this fascinating essay.  Ms. Berry takes us on an insightful tour of the 19th century world of British Bibliomania, or Book Madness as she describes the Victorian gentlemen’s “obsessive pursuit of books.” 

Needless to say, this tour is well worth the price of admission. 

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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