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Phantoms on the Bookshelves
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PHANTOMS ON THE BOOKSHELVES

HARDBACK BY BONNET, JACQUES; REYNOLDS, SIAN; SALTER, JAMES

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ISBN
9781906694586
IMPRINT
MACLEHOSE PRESS
 
 
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PUBLISHER
QUERCUS PUBLISHING
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FORMAT
HARDBACK
PAGES
156 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
01 OCT 2010

DESCRIPTION

This enchanting study on the art of living with books considers how our personal libraries reveal our true nature: far more than just places, they are living labyrinths of our innermost feelings. The author, a lifelong accumulator of books both ancient and modern, lives in a house large enough to accommodate his many thousands of books, as well as overspill from the libraries of his friends. While his musings on the habits of collectors past and present are learned, witty and instructive, his advice on cataloguing may even save the lives of those whose books are so prodigiously piled as to be a hazard...The Phantoms on the Bookshelves ranges from classical Greece to contemporary Iceland, from Balzac and Moby Dick to Google, offering up delicious anecdotes along the way. This elegantly produced volume will be a lasting delight to specialist collectors, librarians, bibliophiles and all those who treasure books.

CONTENTS

Translator's and editor's notes. Introduction. Author's preface: Pessoa the Librarian. Tens of thousands of books. Bibliomania. Organizing the bookshelves. The practice of reading. Where do they all come from? Reading pictures. Real people, fictional characters. The world within reach. Phantoms in the library. Acknowledgements. Bibliography.