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Merryweather, Frederick Somner.  Bibliomania in the Middle Ages. London: Merryweather [Varty, Printer], 1849. 12mo (18 cm, 7.1"). iv, 218 pp.
$200.00

First edition: collection of "sketches of bookworms — collectors — Bible students — scribes — and illuminators, from the Anglo Saxon and Norman periods, to the introduction of printing into England; with anecdotes, illustrating the history of the monastic libraries of Great Britain, in the olden time" as detailed on the title-page, focusing on a variety of historical figures including Aelfric, Abbot of Eynsham, Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Alcuin, among others. There are bibliographic references throughout, and a detailed index following the text.
        Provenance: Red and black booklabel of British bookseller and William Morris collector Arnold Yates on front pastedown; most recently in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

NSTC 2M25592. Blue publisher's cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers framed in double blind fillets surrounding an arabesque frame with central decorative piece in blind; very gently rubbed, spine and cover edges evenly sun-faded, corners very slightly bumped. Moderate age-toning with some foxing. Bookplate as above, a few bibliographical pencilled notes on endpapers. => Early tales of the bibliomania.  (39779)   Please RESHELVE This.


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