Title: Cover of Bibliophobia : remarks on the present languid and depressed state of literature and the book trade. In a letter addressed to the author of the Bibliomania. / By Mercurius Rusticus [pseud.] With notes by Cato Parvus.
Creator: Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, 1776-1847.
Bibliographic Citation: Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, 1776-1847. Bibliophobia : remarks on the present languid and depressed state of literature and the book trade. In a letter addressed to the author of the Bibliomania. / By Mercurius Rusticus [pseud.] With notes by Cato Parvus. London : H. Bohn, 1832.
D544bi 1832 Osler – Room
Colgate 5 D5 B53 1832 Rare Books/Special Collections – Colgate Collection (McLennan Bldg, 4th floor)
Notes: Under the pseudonym of Mercurius Rusticus, Dibdin satirized his own writings by acknowledging the irony of his own victimhood to the disease. A lengthy handwritten annotation on the inside cover, penned by J. Payne Callius, reads, “the learned & Rev. author of this, & the champion of bibliomanes, succumbed to the apparently inevitable destiny of all who have been engulfed in the vortex of bibliographic pursuits.” Written twenty years after the first publication of Bibliomania, Dibdin commented on the most unfortunate repercussion of the epidemic—the fear of books. Didbin equated this fear with the fear of cholera and the fear of reform, writing, “Things are strangely altered of late: and passions and tastes have taken a very opposite tone. Objects, which formerly riveted attention, and begat attachment, are now considered almost as those of horror and alarm. In short, FEAR is the order of the day.”
Subject: Book collecting.
Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University
is Part Of: Colgate Collection
is Part Of Exhibition: People in the World of Print
Exhibition Theme: Bibliophilia and Bibliomania
Image Identifier: diblin_bibliophobia_1832-cover