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Patience & Fortitude: Wherein a Colorful Cast of Determined Book Collectors, Dealers, and Librarians Go about the Quixotic Task of Preservinby Nicholas A Basbanes
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In his national bestseller, A Gentle Madness, Nicholas Basbanes explored the sweet obsession people feel to possess books. Now, Basbanes continues his adventures among the "gently mad" on an irresistible journey to the great libraries of the past — from Alexandria to Glastonbury — and to contemporary collections at the Vatican, Wolfenbüttel, and erudite universities. Along the way, he drops in on eccentric book dealers and regales us with stories about unforgettable collectors, such as the gentleman who bought a rare book in 1939 "by selling bottles of his own blood."
Taking the book's grand title from the marble lions guarding the New York Public Library at 42nd Street, Basbanes both entertains and delights. And once again, as Scott Turow aptly noted, "Basbanes makes you love books, the collections he writes about, and the volume in your hand."
The author of A Gentle Madness explores the history and continuing relevance of books, introducing readers to librarians, readers, writers, scholars, bookbinders, booksellers, and collectors around the world. Reprint.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 590-602) and index.
Basbanes's "A Gentle Madness" focused on the obsessive lives of book collectors. Now, in "Patience & Fortitude, " he considers the more comprehensive concept of book culture--and the continual relevance of books in our lives. Two 16-page inserts.
About the Author
Nicholas A. Basbanes has worked as an award-winning investigative reporter, a literary editor, and a nationally syndicated columnist. The author of five books, he also writes a regular column for Fine Books & Collections magazine and lectures widely on book-related issues. He and his wife, Constance, live in Massachusetts.
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