A Gentle Madness
Bibliophiles, Bibliomaniacs, & The Eternal Passion for Books
Nicholas A. Basbanes.
Henry Holt & Company: 1995. Third printing. Hardcover in a jacket. Book very good with a bump on the top of the spine and one on the bottom. Jacket near fine with a small fold on the inside front flap. Inscribed to Nancy Weston.
"Any bibliophile who examines Logan's long, discursive, and often crusty letters will recognize the odd rituals of a kindred spirit. He sends out want lists. He cultivates sources. He saves catalogues. He haggles over prices. He insists on good condition. He complains when his exacting standards are not met. He preens over his triumphs. He insults his inferiors. And always, when he authorizes a purchase, he waits anxiously for the treasures to make what seems an interminable crossing over three thousand miles of open ocean.
'I observe thy method of rating a Book is exceedingly different from mine,' he wrote Thomas Osborne II, 'for I value a book for what I can most easily learn by it, thou on ye other hand for its antiquity, its being bound in Morocco black or red and the quantity of lent Gold spent on it which none but ye weak can value.'"