The Resource Books and Bookmen, (electronic resource)

Books and Bookmen, (electronic resource)

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Books and Bookmen
Title
Books and Bookmen
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Language
eng
Summary
The Countryman. "You know how much, for some time past, the editions of the Elzevirs have been in demand. The fancy for them has even penetrated into the country. I am acquainted with a man there who denies himself necessaries, for the sake of collecting into a library (where other books are scarce enough) as many little Elzevirs as he can lay his hands upon. He is dying of hunger, and his consolation is to be able to say, 'I have all the poets whom the Elzevirs printed. I have ten examples of each of them, all with red letters, and all of the right date.' This, no doubt, is a craze, for, good as the books are, if he kept them to read them, one example of each would be enough." The Parisian. "If he had wanted to read them, I would not have advised him to buy Elzevirs. The editions of minor authors which these booksellers published, even editions 'of the right date,' as you say, are not too correct. Nothing is good in the books but the type and the paper. Your friend would have done better to use the editions of Gryphius or Estienne." This fragment of a literary dialogue I translate from 'Entretiens sur les Contes de Fees,' a book which contains more of old talk about books and booksellers than about fairies and folk-lore. The 'Entretiens' were published in 1699, about sixteen years after the Elzevirs ceased to be publishers. The fragment is valuable: first, because it shows us how early the taste for collecting Elzevirs was fully developed, and, secondly, because it contains very sound criticism of the mania. Already, in the seventeenth century, lovers of the tiny Elzevirian books waxed pathetic over dates, already they knew that a 'Caesar' of 1635 was the right 'Caesar,' already they were fond of the red-lettered passages, as in the first edition of the 'Virgil' of 1636. As early as 1699, too, the Parisian critic knew that the editions were not very correct, and that the paper, type, ornaments, and FORMAT were their main attractions. To these we must now add the rarity of really good Elzevirs
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Midwest
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Lang, Andrew
Dewey number
010
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Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Bibliomania
  • Literary forgeries and mystifications
  • Books
  • Electronic books
Target audience
adult
Label
Books and Bookmen, (electronic resource)
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https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11461706
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multicolored
Control code
MWT11461706
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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MWT11461706
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Books and Bookmen, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11461706
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11461706
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Publisher number
MWT11461706
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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