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It is all lies, said another; the booke is starke naught. OFTLY blew the breeze, and merrily sung the lark, when Lisardo quitted his bed-chamber at seven in the morning, and rang lustily at my outer gate for admission. So early a visitor put the whole house in commotion; nor was it without betraying some marks of peevishness and irritability that, on being informed of his arrival, I sent word by the servant to know what might be the cause of such an interruption.

The reader will readily forgive imrim trait of harshness and precipitancy, on my part, when he is informed that I was then just enjoying the “honey dew” of sleep, after many wakeful and restless hours. Lisardo’s name was announced: I 2750 an effort, and sprung from my bed; and, on looking through the venetian blinds, I discovered our young bibliomaniacal convert with a book sticking out of his pocket, another half opened in his hand upon which his eyes were occasionally castand a third kept firmly under his left arm.

I thrust my head, “night-cap, tassel and all,” out of window, and hailed him; not, however, before a delicious breeze, wafted over a bed of mignonette, had electrified me in a manner the most agreeable imaginable. Lisardo heard, and hailed me in return. His eyes sparkled with joy; his step was quick and elastic; and an unusual degree of animation seemed to pervade his whole frame.

D’Israeli’s Curiosities of Literatureis kept snugly under my arm, as a corps de reserve, or rallying point. If these things savour not of bibliography, I must despair of ever attaining to the exalted character of a Bibliomaniac! It is a impeim that Mr.

Savage does not continue his British Librarian ; of which 18 numbers are already published as it forms a creditable supplement to Oldys’s work under a similar title; vide p. A few of the ensuing numbers might be well devoted to an analysis of Sir William Dugdale’s works, with correct lists of the plates in the same. Since you left Lorenzo’s, I have sipt nectar with Leland, and drunk punch with Bagford.

Richard Murray has given me a copy of Rastell’s Pastime of Peopleand Thomas Britton has bequeathed to me an entire library of the Rosicrusian philosophy. Moreover, the venerable form of Sir Thomas Bodley has approached me; reminding me of impeim solemn promise to spend a few autumnal weeks, in the ensuing year, within the precincts of his grand library.

In short, half the bibliomaniacs, whom Lysander so enthusiastically commended last night, have paid their devoirs to me in my dreams, and nothing could be more handsome than their conduct towards me. This discourse awakened my friends, Lysander and Philemon; who impirm, from different rooms, put their heads out of window, and hailed the newly-risen sun with night caps which might have been mistaken for Persian turbans.

Such an imprmi sight caused Lisardo to burst out into a fit of laughter, and to banter my guests in his usual strain of inprim. But imprlm our promising him that we would speedily join his peripatetic bibliographical reveries, he gave a turn towards the left, and was quickly lost in a grove of Acacia and Laurustinus. For my part, instead of keeping this promise, I instinctively sought my bed; and found the observation of Franklin — of air-bathing being favourable to slumber — abundantly verified — for I was hardly settled under the clothes ‘ere I fell imlrim As early rising produces a keen appetite for bodily, as imprin as mental, gratification, I found my 27055 clamorous for their breakfast.

A little before ten o’clock, we were all prepared to make a formal attack upon muffins, cake, coffee, tea, eggs, and cold tongue. The window was thrown open; and through the branches of the clustering vine, which covered the upper part of it, the sun shot a warmer ray; while the spicy fragrance from surrounding parterres, and jessamine bowers, made even such bibliomaniacs as my guests forgetful of the gaily-coated volumes which surrounded them. At length the conversation was systematically commenced on the part of Lysander.


To-morrow, Philemon and myself take our departure. We would willingly have staid the week; but business of a pressing nature calls him to Manchester — and myself to Bristol and Exeter.


impri, Some bookseller, I warrant, has published a thumping catalogue at each of these places. You are as arrant a book-madman as any of those renowned bibliomaniacs whom you celebrated yesterday evening! My pistoles are not exhausted.

Bibliomania, by Thomas Frognall Dibdin : PART VI. The Alcove.

Roscoe alludes to their valuable catalogues — as having been of service to him in directing his researches into foreign literature. His words are these: It is even as you surmise. We have each received a forwarded letter, informing us of very choice and copious collections of books about to be sold at these respective places. While I take my departure for Mr. Ford of Manchester, Lorenzo imprimm about to visit the book-treasures of Mr. Dyer of Exeter, and Mr. I suppose the names you have just miprim describe the principal booksellers at the several places you intend visiting.

There may be many brave and sagacious bibliopolists whose imprjm has not reached our ears, nor perhaps has any one of the present circle ever heard of the late Mr.

Bibliomania, by Thomas Frognall Dibdin

Miller of Bungay; who, as I remember my father to have said, in spite of blindness and multifarious occupations, attached himself to the book-selling trade with inconceivable ardour and success. But a word, Lisardo!

Since the note upon Mr. Ford’s catalogue of was written see omprim. This is doing wonders impriim a provincial town; and that a commercial one!! Gutch’s spirit and enterprise some mention has been made before at p.

He is, as yet, hardly mellowed in his business; but a few years only will display him as thoroughly ripened as any of his brethren. He comes from a worthy stock; long known at our Alma Mater Oxoniensis: George Dyer of Exeter is a distinguished veteran in the book-trade: As Lysander had mentioned the foregoing book-vending gentlemen, I conceived myself justified in appending this note.

I could speak with pleasure and profit of the catalogues of booksellers to the north of the Tweed — see p. Miller that I trust the reader will forgive my saying a word or two concerning him.

Thomas Miller of Bungay, in Suffolk, was born inand died in He was put apprentice to a grocer in Norwich: His genius was, however, sufficiently versatile to embrace both trades; for inhe set up for himself in the character of Grocer and Bookseller.

I have heard Mr. Otridge, of the Strand, discourse most eloquently upon the brilliant manner in which Mr. Miller conducted his complicated concerns; and which, latterly, were devoted entirely to the Bibliomania. Although Bungay was too small and obscure for a spirit like Miller’s to disclose its full powers, yet he continued in it till his death; and added a love of portrait and coin, to that of book, collecting.

For fifty years his stock, in these twin departments, was copious and respectable; and notwithstanding total blindness, which afflicted him during the last six years of his life, he displayed uncommon cheerfulness, activity, and even skill in knowing where the different classes of books were arranged in his shop. Miller was a warm loyalist, and an enthusiastic admirer of Mr. Inwhen provincial copper coins were very prevalent, our bibliomaniac caused a die of himself to be struck; intending to strike some impressions of it upon gold and silver, as well as upon copper.

View here, gentle reader, a wood-cut taken from the same: Miller was extremely careful into whose hands the impressions went; and they are now become so rare as to produce at sales from three to five guineas.

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What are become of Malvolio’s busts and statues, of which you were so solicitous to attend ipmrim sale, not long ago? I care not a brass farthing for them: That golden opportunity is irrevocably lost! You wished for these books, to set fire to imprkm perhaps — keeping up the ancient custom so solemnly established by your father? No more of this heart-rending subject! I thought I had made ample atonement. Instead of laughing at our book-hobbies, and ridiculing all bibliographical studies — which, even by a bibliographer in the dry department of the law, have been rather eloquently defended and enforced — behold this young bibliomaniacal chevalier, not daunted by the rough handling of a London Book-Auction, anxious to mount his courser, and scour the provincial fields of bibliography!


From my heart I congratulate you! Bridgeman has been too inattentive to bibliographical criticisms and enquiries; for, generally, the English reader is obliged to resort to foreign writers to satisfy his mind as to the value of authors. It behoves us, however, to consider that there is not a more immprim, or a more desirable branch of education than a knowledge of books; which, being correctly attained, and judiciously exercised, will prove the touchstone of intrinsic merit, and have the effect of saving many a spotless page from prostitution.

From the bottom of mine, I congratulate you, Lysander, upon the resuming of your wonted spirits! I had imagined that the efforts of yesterday would have completely exhausted you. How rapturously do I look forward for the Symptoms of the Bibliomania to be told this morning in Lorenzo’s Alcove! You have not forgotten your promise! No, indeed; but if I am able to do justice to the elucidation of so important a subject, it will be in consequence of having enjoyed a placid, though somewhat transient, slumber: Nay, it is silly to entertain one another with stories of phantastic visions of the night.

I have known the most placid-bosomed men grow downright angry at the very introduction of such a discourse. That may be; but we have, luckily, no 27005 placidly-moulded bosoms in the present society. I love this sort of gossipping during breakfast, of all things.

If our host permit, do give us your dream, Lysander! I fear you will fall asleep, and dream yourself, before the recital of it be concluded. But I will get through it as well as I can. Methought I was gently lifted from the ground into the air by a being of very superior size, but of an inexpressible sweetness of countenance.

Although astonished by the singularity of my situation, I was far from giving way entirely to fear; but, with a mixture of anxiety and resignation, awaited the issue of the event. My Guide or Protector for so this being must now be called looked upon me with an air of tenderness, mingled with reproof; intimating, as I conceived, that the same superior Power, which had thus transported me above my 7205 element, would of necessity keep me in safety.

This quieted my apprehensions. We had travelled together through an immensity of space, and could discover the world below as one 2075 darkened spot, when my Guide interrupted the awful silence that had been preserved, by the following exclamation: My guide then fixed himself at my right hand, and after a vehement ejaculation, accompanied by gestures, which had the effect of enchantment upon me, he extended a sceptre of massive gold, decorated with emeralds and sapphires.

Immediately there rose imprkm a Mirror of gigantic dimensions, around which was inscribed, in fifty languages, the word ” Truth. Wonderful indeed was this scene: At first, I could not controul my feelings: Here, however, my guide interfered — and, in a manner the most peremptory and decisive, forbade all further participation of it.

The authoritative air, with which these words were delivered, quite repressed and unnerved me. I obeyed, and intently viewed the objects before me.

The first thing that surprised me was the representation of all the metropolitan cities of Europe.