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Basbanes, Nicholas A. 1943-

Overview
Works: 39 works in 148 publications in 4 languages and 9,225 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Handbooks and manuals  Anecdotes  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs  Miscellanea  Cruise books 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, wpr
Classifications: Z4, 027.009
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Most widely held works about Nicholas A Basbanes
 
Most widely held works by Nicholas A Basbanes
A gentle madness : bibliophiles, bibliomanes, and the eternal passion for books by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The passion to possess books has never been more widespread than it is today; indeed, obsessive book collecting remains the only hobby to have a disease named after it. A Gentle Madness is an adventure among the afflicted. Author Nicholas Basbanes, a dedicated bibliophile himself, begins his book 2,200 years ago in Alexandria, when a commitment was made to gather all the world's knowledge beneath one roof. In a series of lively chapters, the continuum then passes through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the twentieth century with a special emphasis on book lore and book culture in Great Britain and North America. In the second half of A Gentle Madness, Basbanes offers a gallery of revealing profiles of living collectors and presents exclusive examinations of the great contemporary stories. The book also includes the most comprehensive bibliography on book collecting compiled in more than a quarter century
On paper : the everything of its two-thousand-year history by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A consideration of all things paper--the invention that revolutionized human civilization; its thousand-fold uses (and misuses); its sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers--by the admired cultural historian."--Jacket
Patience & fortitude : a roving chronicle of book people, book places, and book culture by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how books have changed throughout history and describes the nature of the institutions that have evolved to contain them, including academic, public, private, and national repositories
A splendor of letters : the permanence of books in an impermanent world by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In A Splendor of Letters, Nicholas A. Basbanes continues the lively, richly anecdotal exploration of book people, places, and culture he began in 1995 with A Gentle Madness (a finalist that year for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and expanded in 2001 with Patience & Fortitude, a companion work that prompted the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer David McCullough to proclaim him "the leading authority of books about books." Basbanes now offers a consideration of the many pressing issues that surround the role of books in contemporary society, such as the willful destruction of books and libraries in Sarajevo, Tibet, and Cambodia, and the spirited efforts to restore them. The matter of "discards" at various libraries takes on an entirely new dimension as well, with fully researched stories about the kind of attitudes that may lead to the loss of last copies of important works. In vivid detail, Basbanes examines the many materials that have been used over the centuries to record information -- among them clay tablets, papyrus scrolls, slabs of stone, palm leaves, animal skins, and hammered sheets of gold and copper. Also discussed are the various debates that continue to rage about preservation, which may mean saving and storing books on paper indefinitely, or as electronic data, which are by nature ephemeral. In this beautifully packaged edition, Nicholas Basbanes brings to a close his wonderful trilogy on the remarkable world of books and bibliophiles
Every book its reader : the power of the printed word to stir the world by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In celebration of five eventful centuries of the printed word, Basbanes considers of writings that have "made things happen" in the world, works that have both nudged the course of history and fired the imagination of influential people. Basbanes asks what we can know about such figures as Milton, Gibbon, Locke, Newton, Coleridge, John Adams, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Henry James, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller--even the Marquis de Sade and Hitler--by knowing what they read. He shows how books that these people have consulted, in some cases annotated with their marginal notes, can offer clues to the development of their thought. He then profiles some of the most articulate readers of our time, who discuss such concepts as literary canons, classic works in translation, the timelessness of poetry, the formation of sacred texts, and the power of literature to train physicians, nurture children, and rehabilitate criminal offenders.--From publisher description
Among the gently mad : perspectives and strategies for the book hunter in the twenty-first century by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a field guide to book collectors that covers both traditional and electronic methods of acquisition, discussing topics such as how to spot first of book club editions, working a book fair, dust jackets, and book handling
A world of letters : Yale University Press, 1908-2008 by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a distinguished university press in its first one hundred years tells a greater tale of a century's intellectual activity. Yale University Press has published more than eight thousand volumes through the years, scores of best sellers and award-winners among them, and these books have come to be through the efforts of a host of colorful authors, editiors, directors, board members, and others of intellectual and literary renown
Rare books uncovered : true stories of fantastic finds in unlikely places by Rebecca Rego Barry( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Feed your inner bibliophile with this volume on unearthed rare and antiquarian books. Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In Rare Books Uncovered, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting. Read about the family whose discovery in their attic of a copy of Action Comics No. 1--the first appearance of Superman--saved their home from foreclosure. Or the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser--and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Or the collector who, while browsing his local thrift shop, found a collectible copy of Calvary in China--inscribed by the author to the collector's grandfather. These tales and many others will entertain and inspire casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike"--
Patience & fortitude : wherein a colorful cast of determined book collectors, dealers, and librarians go about the quixotic task of preserving a legacy by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Editions & impressions : twenty years on the book beat by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern book collecting by Robert A Wilson( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Everything you need to know about collecting books, in one classic guide. Modern Book Collecting answers all the most important questions a book lover and collector might have--what to collect and where to find it, how to tell a first edition from a reprint, how to build an author collection, how to get the best price from dealers, how to understand the prices and rarity of books, and more. Robert A. Wilson reveals the world of collecting, focusing on books that are collected most often--those by important late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers. Covering every aspect of book collecting, this book includes a handy dictionary of terms used in auction and dealer catalogs, a comprehensive and accurate key to identifying first editions from nearly two hundred American and British publishing houses, a list of bibliographies of more than two hundred collected modern authors, a directory of book auction houses and rare book dealers, and a section on Internet resources."--Publisher description
About the author : inside the creative process by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Companion Book to Edition & Impressions: Twenty Years on the Book Beat The final quarter of the last century was a period of extraordinary fervor in American letters. About the Author: Inside the Creative Process collects together more than forty of Nicholas Basbanes's interviews and essays that grew from this unique period of publishing. About the Author publishes for the first time the full interviews with important writers such as novelists A.S. Byatt, Joseph Heller, Edna O'Brien, and Kurt Vonnegut; the critic Alfred Kazin a few months before he died; and columnist Jimmy Breslin just after he had suffered an aneurysm. With the loss of so many of these writers and the imposing behemoth called the Internet, this sort of collection may never again be culled from the morning papers. As alive and refreshing as the day they were published, About the Author explores the creative process that was--and is--the foundation of books and publishing. This superbly crafted edition of About the Author is styled after the limited edition of Editions & Impressions. It is bound in a delightful hunter green linen-finished cloth on the spine with matching khaki toned cloth on the boards. The khaki toned slipcase with the book is embossed in gold foil. The book includes a hunter green ribbon bookmark and matching headbands. The limited edition is printed on Mohawk Superfine smooth finish stock in a soft-white shade, and is Smythe sewn into its binding. A total of 255 copies will be signed and numbered, and 250 will be for sale."--Publisher's website
Evermore : the persistence of Poe : the Edgar Allan Poe collection of Susan Jaffe Tane by Susan Jaffe Tane( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magna commoditas : a history of Leiden University Library, 1575-2005 by Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The library : an illustrated history by Stuart Murray( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the ages, humanity has created, destroyed, rescued, neglected, discovered, stolen, and cherished libraries, and no other institution so perfectly mirrors the human condition in any period of history. The Library tells the story of libraries and of the changing form and function of the book from era to era, whether clay tablets, parchment sheets, papyrus scrolls, glossy paper, recording tape or silicone chips. At the heart of the story of libraries and books is the story of the reader, who also has changed from era to era. Profusely illustrated, with fascinating is a comprehensive look at libraries that will interest book lovers and librarians
De papel : en torno a sus dos mil años de historia by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in Spanish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heritage 70 [cruisebook] USS Oriskany CVA 34 by Oriskany (Aircraft carrier : CVA 34)( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gentle madness by Nicholas A Basbanes( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Career solutions for creative people : how to balance artistic goals with career security by Ronda Ormont( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publis
 
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A gentle madness : bibliophiles, bibliomanes, and the eternal passion for books
Alternative Names
Basbanes, Nicholas

Basbanes, Nicholas, 1943-

Basbanes, Nicholas A. (1943- )

Nicholas A. Basbanes American writer

Nicholas A. Basbanes Amerikaans officier

바스베인스, N. A

바스베인스, 니콜라스 A

バスベインズ, ニコラス・A

Languages
English (115)

Chinese (6)

Spanish (5)

German (1)

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Patience & fortitude : a roving chronicle of book people, book places, and book cultureA splendor of letters : the permanence of books in an impermanent worldEvery book its reader : the power of the printed word to stir the worldAmong the gently mad : perspectives and strategies for the book hunter in the twenty-first centuryA world of letters : Yale University Press, 1908-2008Patience & fortitude : wherein a colorful cast of determined book collectors, dealers, and librarians go about the quixotic task of preserving a legacyEditions & impressions : twenty years on the book beatModern book collecting