Bibliomania

Self-confessed bibliomaniac Ian Sansom explores the history and characteristics of the condition.

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01Buying20070723

First identified in 1809 by the Rev Thomas Frognall Dibdin, bibliomania has taken many forms - among them, Ian's obsession with the books no one else wants.

01Buying20070723

First identified in 1809 by the Rev Thomas Frognall Dibdin, bibliomania has taken many forms - among them, Ian's obsession with the books no one else wants.

02Storing20070724

A crucial and fraught question for book collectors is that of storage.

Where to put the books? And how to order and arrange them? Ian examines the history of book storage, from tables to lecterns to cabinets and shelves, drawing gratefully on the seminal work by Henry Petrowski

02Storing20070724

A crucial and fraught question for book collectors is that of storage.

Where to put the books? And how to order and arrange them? Ian examines the history of book storage, from tables to lecterns to cabinets and shelves, drawing gratefully on the seminal work by Henry Petrowski

03 LASTSelling20070726

Having acquired books, how does one part with them? Ian examines those who have abandoned their collections or disposed of them, from the unimaginably wealthy who buy and sell books like portfolios of stocks to the humble contemporary sellers on Amazon.

03 LASTSelling20070726

Having acquired books, how does one part with them? Ian examines those who have abandoned their collections or disposed of them, from the unimaginably wealthy who buy and sell books like portfolios of stocks to the humble contemporary sellers on Amazon.