By Thomas Frognall Dibdin
In 1809, Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) released the 1st variation of Bibliomania, focussing at the modern craze for booklet accumulating. brought in English on the finish of the eighteenth century, the time period 'bibliomania' - or 'book-madness' - won reputation with the book of Dibdin's booklet, within which bibliophiles behavior dialogues at the nature and background of booklet amassing, and the indicators of and attainable treatments for this 'fatal disease'. released in 1832 less than the pseudonym Mercurius Rusticus, Bibliophobia is a brief pamphlet, which provides itself as a letter to the writer of Bibliomania. The narrator, a book-lover himself, is going on a 'bibliopolistic pilgrimage', merely to determine that 'bibliomania isn't any more', and that 'books are just the shadow of what they were'. From book-lovers to creditors, and from booksellers to libraries, the narrator consists of out his interesting but melancholic research the entire option to the Bodleian Library.
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Mr. Valpy was silent. He need not have been so. If the work had expanded immensely, it was not from an exclusive wish to enrich himself, but to render it the more serviceable to students in classical lore. There was an elaborate collation of the earlier editions—an "ordo"—notes, grammatical and illustrative—a critical commentary—copious indexeSj together with a carefully corrected text—all deserving of the most decided commendation. But fashion had had its sway here as in other matters. At starting, it was the fashion to subscribe—at the present day, it was the fashion to strive to throw up the subscription: yet the work had gone on as zealously and honestly as ever.
And if it did, ought it not to go to Spencer House, or to Cleveland Square ? " Le bon terns viendra" — quoth I to my worthy informant—and some three-hundred steps brought me to Mr. Ackermann's. I found that ever-green Veteran with a mind as active as heretofore. " Mr. Ackermann's Prints, his Pictures, his materiel for Drawing and Painting, his publications of fashion and taste, were displayed, on all sides, as radiant as the banners in St. George's Chapel. His activity of mind—his *The real parent of the Annuals is the Buchandter of the Germans : a duodecimo, printed not very beautifully, upon paper of a second-rate quality.
His form is portly, and his garb is attractive. The preface and the glossary are equally creditable to the 48 followed up in subsequent efforts. * The talents of the Editor. Report says, the same able hands are now employed upon a very interesting old English metrical romance, called The W E E W O L F , written by an Earl of Hereford, from an unique MS. of the fourteenth century, in the library of King's College, Cambridge :—as the first votive offering to the Club from the E A R L OF CAWDOR. A fund of entertainment is expected from its perusal.