Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mutilator or destroyer of books.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Two interesting types of maniac are known respectively as the bibliotaph and the biblioclast.

    The Bibliotaph and Other People

  • A biblioclast is one who indulges himself in the questionable pleasure of mutilating books in order more sumptuously to fit out a particular volume.

    The Bibliotaph and Other People

  • Mr. Blades, in his work _The Enemies of Books_, accuses him of being 'a wicked old biblioclast who went about the country, from library to library, tearing away title-pages from rare books of all sizes '; and Dr. Dibdin in

    English Book Collectors

  • Such depredations are not frequent, and only occur with books easily replaced, and do not therefore call for more than a passing mention; but it is a serious matter when Nature produces such a wicked old biblioclast as John

    The Enemies of Books

  • I learned a new word today: biblioclast, or destroyer of books.

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  • John Bagford, "shoemaker and biblioclast," appears in the chapter about Collectors.

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  • Such depredations are not frequent, and only occur with books easily replaced, and do not therefore call for more than a passing mention; but it is a serious matter when Nature produces such a wicked old biblioclast as John Bagford, one of the founders of the Society of Antiquaries, who, in the beginning of the last century, went about the country, from library to library, tearing away title pages from rare books of all sizes.

    The Enemies of Books

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