American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An exaggerated preoccupation with the acquisition and ownership of books.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Book-madness; a rage for collecting and possessing books, especially rare and curious ones. Also bibliomany.
- n. The obsession of owning valuable books.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mania for acquiring books.
- n. preoccupation with the acquisition and possession of books
“(The other reason indulgence and castigation often are hard to distinguish in an account of bibliomania is that those diagnosing the disorder so often detect symptoms in themselves.)”
“The ardor of possessing books, commonly called bibliomania, also styled bibliophilism and "biblio" -- whatever else that has suggested itself to the fruitful imaginations of dozens of felicitous writers upon the subject, -- is described by Dibdin as a "disease which grows with our growth, and strengthens with our strength.”
“Himself an indefatigable collector of books, the possessor of a library as valuable as it was interesting, a library containing volumes obtained only at the cost of great personal sacrifice, he was in the most active sympathy with the disease called bibliomania, and knew, as few comparatively poor men have known, the half-pathetic, half-humorous side of that incurable mental infirmity.”
“Burns, or Americana, or any other branch or phase of bibliomania; for each of these things accomplishes a noble purpose in that each contributes to the glory of the great common cause of bibliomania, which is indeed the summum bonum of human life.”
“He obsessively spent money he didn't have on books, and his bibliomania was the first great manifestation of his propensity to addiction - a hunger to consume that was 'absolutely endless and inexorable as the grave'.”
“The modern bibliophiles who know what it is to revel in the enjoyment of a goodly library, luxuriant in costly bindings and rich in bibliographical rarities, who are fully susceptible to the delights and exquisite sensibilities of that sweet madness called bibliomania, will readily comprehend the multiplied pleasures of that early and illustrious bibliophile in the seclusion of Auckland Palace; he there ardently applied his energies and wealth to the accumulation of books; and whilst engaged in this pleasing avocation, let us endeavor to catch a glimpse of him.”
“Early nineteenth-century phenomena such as bibliomania and the figure of the "bookman" helped to spark a widespread awareness of books as printed objects and an interest in the physical dimensions of the readerly relationship to them.”
“Some, such as bibliomania - obsessive collecting of books - aren't too worrying.”
“Never has bibliomania been written in such a wistful way.”
“A perfect primer for those unfamiliar with the "gentle madness" that is bibliomania, this meticulous history also offers plenty to enthrall the most knowledgeable of collectors.”
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