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London, and especially of the book-auction species -- is a point which I cannot take upon me to decide.
From what you say, it would appear to be wiser to lay out one's money at a bookseller's than at a book-auction?
However, neither Clavel nor his successors, from that period to the present, have been able to set this custom aside, nor to cool the fury of book-auction bibliomaniacs -- who, to their eternal shame be it said, will sometimes, from the hot and hasty passions which are stirred up by the poisonous miasmata floating in the auction-room, give a sum twice or thrice beyond the real value of the books bidden for!
This brochure, which has been called "rare" in book-auction catalogues, has been sold for upwards of two guineas.
_ A book-auction bibliomaniac and book vender, 122, 138
-- "O si sic" -- may we say to many a heavy-metalled book-auction bibliomaniac of the present day!