Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An eager collector of books; especially, one who seeks old and rare books and editions; a bibliophile.
“Not only was Poggio the greatest book-hunter of his era; he also wielded one of its wickedest pens, satirizing the vices of the clergy and lambasting rival scholars in his Ciceronian Latin.”
“Given my bibliographic background I don't mind being a book-hunter or library antiquarian, but I don't think that should be a necessary tool for all seminarians!”
“And the question, where in an extensive collection, a book-hunter admitted to freely range over all the shelves, and a stranger to the minute classification of books, has misplaced the missing volumes, is an insoluble problem, except by hunting over or handling the entire library.”
“The stock in these shops is constantly changing, thus adding a piquant and sometimes exciting element to the book-hunter, who is wise in proportion as he seizes quickly upon all opportunities of new "finds" by frequent visits.”
“Part of the secret lay in this idea: to be a good book-hunter one must not be too dainty; one must not be afraid of soiling one's hands.”
“He was the only man I have known, whether book-hunter or layman, who could sleep peacefully upon a supper of cucumbers and milk.”
“It is rare, so rare that Boswell's latest biographer speaks of it as the 'forlorn hope of the book-hunter,' though he doubts not that copies of it are lurking in some private collection.”
“Let the book-hunter inwardly digest the following plain tale of a clergyman and a book of plays.”
“It is generally classed among the failings of the book-hunter that he looks only to the far past, and disregards the contemporary and the recent.”
“The mercenary spirit must not be admitted to a share in the enjoyments of the book-hunter.”
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