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Dibdin Thomas Frognall.]
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. With notes by Cato Parvus
[Wm. Davy for] Henry Bohn, London, 1832. First edition, 8vo, pp. 102; without the errata slip at B1; half red morocco, a little rubbed and spine darkened, else good and sound, or better. Windle & Pippin A60; Jackson 82: "Mercurius Rusticus and Cato Parvus were pseudonyms used by Dibdin in the Bibliomania. Owing to the agitation regarding Reform, and perhaps also because of cholera epidemics, the rare book market appeared to Dibdin to be very low indeed. His diatribe was touched off by the absurdly inadequate prices that the original manuscripts of the Waverley Novels fetched at Evans' sale, 19 August 1831. Dibdin's natural optimism made him prophesy that the depression in books would not last long . One hundred copies of this book printed on large paper were [also] issued." [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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