Title: Title page of Bibliosophia, or, Book-wisdom : containing some account of the pride, pleasure, and privileges, of that glorious vocation, book-collecting / by an aspirant. The twelve labours of an editor, separately pitted against those of Hercules.
Creator: Beresford, James, 1764-1840.
Bibliographic Citation: Beresford, James, 1764-1840. Bibliosophia, or, Book-wisdom : containing some account of the pride, pleasure, and privileges, of that glorious vocation, book-collecting / by an aspirant. The twelve labours of an editor, separately pitted against those of Hercules. London : Printed for William Miller, by W. Bulmer, 1810.
Z2002 D53 1808 Rare Books/Special Collections – McLennan Bldg, 4th floor
Notes: Reacting to the accusations against collectors articulated in Dibdin’s Bibliomania, James Beresford came to their defense. He coined the term “Bibliosophia” to describe the noble appetite for collecting books, “—carefully distinguished from, wholly unconnected with, nay absolutely repugnant to, all idea of READING them.” Listing the symptoms of Bibliomania as described by Dibdin, Berseford responded in a series of short essays extolling the pride, pleasures, and privileges of collecting books for their pure aesthetic and material value. To Beresford, the wisdom of the book was not inherently contained within the pages, but wrapped in the bindings of Moroccan leather. The edition of Bibliosophia used in the exhibition was interestingly bound with a copy of Dibdin’s Specimen of a digested catalogue of rare, curious, and useful books in the English language.
Subject: Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, — 1776-1847. Bibliomania, or, Book-madness.
Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University
is Part Of Exhibition: People in the World of Print
Exhibition Theme: Bibliophilia and Bibliomania
Image Identifier: bereford_bibliosophia_1810-titlepage