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BIBLIOMANIA; or, BOOK-MADNESS: The First Edition; Privately Reprinted. Thomas Frognall Dibdin. BIBLIOMANIA; or, BOOK-MADNESS: The First Edition; Privately Reprinted.
[London]: The Club of Odd Sticks, 1864. Facsimile of the first edition originally published in 1809. The lone publication of the "Club of Odd Sticks," formed primarily to reprint Dibdin's book [Growell, American Book Clubs, 1897]. ONE OF ONLY 40 quarto copies (there were also 57 "royal octavo" copies). Three-quarter brown Morocco leather over marbled boards; marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. An extremely "large paper" copy, i.e., with very large margins. A gentle spoof of book collector idiosyncrasies purporting to diagnose and cure the "disease" of bibliomania, a term that reportedly originated herein. Penciled note at head of first blank designating this copy "Gift Estate of Nathaniel Paine, October 10, 1921." Presumably a gift to the American Antiquarian Society, as their stamp designating it sold is at rear ("Sold by AAS"). Rub to front board, flattened creasing to endpapers along hinges, otherwise very good to near fine. DIAGNOSIS AND CURE?

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