from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who "buries" books by hiding them, locking them away, or otherwise shutting them up and keeping them from use
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who hides away books, as in a tomb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who hides or buries books, or keeps them under lock and key.
On the other hand, a man may be a bibliotaph simply from inability to get at his books.
Two interesting types of maniac are known respectively as the bibliotaph and the biblioclast.
The dog-in-the-manger bibliotaph is the worst; he uses his books but little himself, and allows others to use them not at all.
The most genial lover of books who has walked city streets for many a day was a bibliotaph.
The bibliotaph buries books; not literally, but sometimes with as much effect as if he had put his books underground.
The late Sir Thomas Phillipps, of Middle Hill, was a remarkable instance of a bibliotaph.