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The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac

Eugene Field (1850-1895)

1. 01 Chapter 01 My First Love
2. 02 Chapter 02 The Birth Of A New Passion
3. 03 Chapter 03 The Luxury of Reading In Bed
4. 04 Chapter 04 The Mania Of Collecting Siezes Me
5. 05 Chapter 05 Baldness and Intellectuality
6. 06 Chapter 06 My Romance With Fiammetta
7. 07 Chapter 07 The Delights Of Fender-Fishing
8. 08 Chapter 08 Ballads And Their Makers
9. 09 Chapter 09 Booksellers And Printers, Old And New
10. 10 Chapter 10 When Fanchonette Bewitched Me
11. 11 Chapter 11 Diagnosis of the Bacillus LibrorumI
12. 12 Chapter 12 The Pleasures Of Extra-Illustration
13. 13 Chapter 13 On The Odors Which My Books Exhale
14. 14 Chapter 14 Elzevirs And Divers Other Matters
15. 15 Chapter 15 A Book That Brings Solace And Cheer
16. 16 Chapter 16 The Malady Called Catalogitis
17. 17 Chapter 17 The Napoleonic Renaissance
18. 18 Chapter 18 My Workshop and Others
19. 19 Chapter 19 Our Debt To Monkish Men

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Do you love books? No, I mean REALLY love books? These series of sketches on the delights, adventures, and misadventures connected with bibliomania (bibliomania is characterized by the collecting of books which have no use to the collector nor any great intrinsic value to a genuine book collector. The purchase of multiple copies of the same book and edition and the accumulation of books beyond possible capacity of use or enjoyment are frequent symptoms of bibliomania.). The author wholeheartedly enjoyed this pursuit all his life and his descriptions are delightful to read. Anyone who has lovingly held a book, smelled it, and enjoyed it for being just what it is, will understand what the author puts so well. According to the author, collectors may be grouped in three classes: Those who collect from vanity, those who collect for the benefits of learning and those who collect out of veneration and love for books. Mr. Field fell squarly in the latter category.