A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books

by Nicholas A. Basbanes

When it was first published, A Gentle Madness astounded and delighted readers with stories about the lengths of passion, expense, and more that collectors will go in pursuit of thebook.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 638 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.05 out of 5
  • Published March 15th 1999 by Holt Paperbacks
  • Original Title: A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles
  • Bibliomanes
  • and the Eternal Passion for Books
  • ISBN: 0805061762 (ISBN13: 9780805061765)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Anthony Award Nominee for Best Critical Work (1996)
  • National Book Critics Circle Award (1995)

When it was first published, A Gentle Madness astounded and delighted readers with stories about the lengths of passion, expense, and more that collectors will go in pursuit of the book. Written before the emergence of the Internet but newly updated for the twenty-first century reader, A Gentle Madness captures that last moment in time when collectors frequented dusty bookshops, street stalls, and high-stakes auctions, conducting themselves with the subterfuge befitting a true bibliomaniac. A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdotal and thoroughly researched. Nicholas A. Basbanes brings an investigative reporter’s heart and instincts to the task of chronicling collectors past and present in pursuit of bibliomania. Now a classic of collecting, A Gentle Madness is a book lover’s delight.