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The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 18. My Workshop And Others The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 18. My Workshop And Others

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 18. My Workshop And Others
The women-folk are few up there, For 't were not fair, you know, That they our heavenly bliss should share Who vex us here below! The few are those who have been kind To husbands such as we: They knew our fads and didn't mind-- Says Dibdin's ghost to me.It has never been explained to my satisfaction why women, as a class, are the enemies of books, and are particularly hostile to bibliomania. The exceptions met with now... Nonfictions - Post by : Deneen_Thomas - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1022

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 17. The Napoleonic Renaissance The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 17. The Napoleonic Renaissance

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 17. The Napoleonic Renaissance
If I had begun collecting Napoleonana in my youth I should now have on hand a priceless collection. This reminds me that when I first came to Chicago suburban property along the North Shore could be bought for five hundred dollars an acre which now sells for two hundred dollars a front foot; if I had purchased real estate in that locality when I had the opportunity forty years ago I should be a millionnaire at the present time. I think I am more regretful of having neglected the Napoleonana than of having missed the real-estate chances, for since my... Nonfictions - Post by : Marc_Meole - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2507

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 16. The Malady Called Catalogitis The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 16. The Malady Called Catalogitis

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 16. The Malady Called Catalogitis
Judge Methuen tells me that one of the most pleasing delusions he has experienced in his long and active career as a bibliomaniac is that which is born of the catalogue habit. Presuming that there are among my readers many laymen,--for I preach salvation to the heathen,--I will explain for their information that the catalogue habit, so called, is a practice to which the confirmed lover of books is likely to become addicted. It is a custom of many publishers and dealers to publish and to disseminate at certain periods lists of their wares, in the hope of thereby... Nonfictions - Post by : Marc_Meole - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1689

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 15. A Book That Brings Solace And Cheer The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 15. A Book That Brings Solace And Cheer

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 15. A Book That Brings Solace And Cheer
One of my friends had a mania for Bunyan once upon a time, and, although he has now abandoned that fad for the more fashionable passion of Napoleonana, he still exhibits with evident pride the many editions of the "Pilgrim's Progress" he gathered together years ago. I have frequently besought him to give me one of his copies, which has a curious frontispiece illustrating the dangers besetting the traveller from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. This frontispiece, which is prettily illuminated, occurs in Virtue's edition of the "Pilgrim's Progress"; the book itself is not rare, but... Nonfictions - Post by : Marc_Meole - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1328

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 14. Elzevirs And Divers Other Matters The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 14. Elzevirs And Divers Other Matters

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 14. Elzevirs And Divers Other Matters
Boswell's "Life of Johnson" and Lockhart's "Life of Scott" are accepted as the models of biography. The third remarkable performance in this line is Mrs. Gordon's memoir of her father, John Wilson, a volume so charmingly and tenderly written as to be of interest to those even who know and care little about that era in the history of English literature in which "crusty Christopher" and his associates in the making of "Blackwood's" figured. It is a significant fact, I think, that the three greatest biographers the world has known should have been Scotch; it has long been the fashion... Nonfictions - Post by : Marc_Meole - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2478

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 13. On The Odors Which My Books Exhale The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 13. On The Odors Which My Books Exhale

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 13. On The Odors Which My Books Exhale
Have you ever come out of the thick, smoky atmosphere of the town into the fragrant, gracious atmosphere of a library? If you have, you know how grateful the change is, and you will agree with me when I say that nothing else is so quieting to the nerves, so conducive to physical health, and so quick to restore a lively flow of the spirits. Lafcadio Hearn once wrote a treatise upon perfumes, an ingenious and scholarly performance; he limited the edition to fifty copies and published it privately--so the book is rarely met with. Curiously enough, however, this author... Nonfictions - Post by : Marc_Meole - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2823

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 12. The Pleasures Of Extra-Illustration The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 12. The Pleasures Of Extra-Illustration

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 12. The Pleasures Of Extra-Illustration
Very many years ago we became convinced--Judge Methuen and I did--that there was nothing new in the world. I think it was while we were in London and while we were deep in the many fads of bibliomania that we arrived at this important conclusion. We had been pursuing with enthusiasm the exciting delights of extra-illustration, a practice sometimes known as Grangerism; the friends of the practice call it by the former name, the enemies by the latter. We were engaged at extra-illustrating Boswell's life of Johnson, and had already got together somewhat more than eleven thousand prints when... Nonfictions - Post by : Marc_Meole - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2248

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 8. Ballads And Their Makers The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 8. Ballads And Their Makers

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 8. Ballads And Their Makers
One of the most interesting spots in all London to me is Bunhill Fields cemetery, for herein are the graves of many whose memory I revere. I had heard that Joseph Ritson was buried here, and while my sister, Miss Susan, lingered at the grave of her favorite poet, I took occasion to spy around among the tombstones in the hope of discovering the last resting-place of the curious old antiquary whose labors in the field of balladry have placed me under so great a debt of gratitude to him. But after I had searched in vain for somewhat more... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1523

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 7. The Delights Of Fender-Fishing The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 7. The Delights Of Fender-Fishing

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 7. The Delights Of Fender-Fishing
I should like to have met Izaak Walton. He is one of the few authors whom I know I should like to have met. For he was a wise man, and he had understanding. I should like to have gone angling with him, for I doubt not that like myself he was more of an angler theoretically than practically. My bookseller is a famous fisherman, as, indeed, booksellers generally are, since the methods employed by fishermen to deceive and to catch their finny prey are very similar to those employed by booksellers to attract and to entrap... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1561

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 6. My Romance With Fiammetta The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 6. My Romance With Fiammetta

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 6. My Romance With Fiammetta
My bookseller and I came nigh to blows some months ago over an edition of Boccaccio, which my bookseller tried to sell me. This was a copy in the original, published at Antwerp in 1603, prettily rubricated, and elaborately adorned with some forty or fifty copperplates illustrative of the text. I dare say the volume was cheap enough at thirty dollars, but I did not want it. My reason for not wanting it gave rise to that discussion between my bookseller and myself, which became very heated before it ended. I said very frankly that I did not... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1910

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 5. Baldness And Intellectuality The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 5. Baldness And Intellectuality

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 5. Baldness And Intellectuality
One of Judge Methuen's pet theories is that the soul in the human body lies near the center of gravity; this is, I believe, one of the tenets of the Buddhist faith, and for a long time I eschewed it as one might shun a vile thing, for I feared lest I should become identified even remotely with any faith or sect other than Congregationalism. Yet I noticed that in moments of fear or of joy or of the sense of any other emotion I invariably experienced a feeling of goneness in the pit of my stomach, as if, forsooth, the... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2666

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 4. The Mania Of Collecting Seizes Me The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 4. The Mania Of Collecting Seizes Me

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 4. The Mania Of Collecting Seizes Me
Captivity Waite never approved of my fondness for fairy literature. She shared the enthusiasm which I expressed whenever "Robinson Crusoe" was mentioned; there was just enough seriousness in De Foe's romance, just enough piety to appeal for sympathy to one of Captivity Waite's religious turn of mind. When it came to fiction involving witches, ogres, and flubdubs, that was too much for Captivity, and the spirit of the little Puritan revolted. Yet I have the documentary evidence to prove that Captivity's ancestors (both paternal and maternal) were, in the palmy colonial times, as abject slaves to superstition as could well be... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 614

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 3. The Luxury Of Reading In Bed The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 3. The Luxury Of Reading In Bed

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 3. The Luxury Of Reading In Bed
Last night, having written what you have just read about the benefits of fairy literature, I bethought me to renew my acquaintance with some of those tales which so often have delighted and solaced me. So I piled at least twenty chosen volumes on the table at the head of my bed, and I daresay it was nigh daylight when I fell asleep. I began my entertainment with several pages from Keightley's "Fairy Mythology," and followed it up with random bits from Crofton Croker's "Traditions of the South of Ireland," Mrs. Carey's "Legends of the French Provinces," Andrew Lang's... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1558

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 2. The Birth Of A New Passion The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 2. The Birth Of A New Passion

The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac - Chapter 2. The Birth Of A New Passion
When I was thirteen years old I went to visit my Uncle Cephas. My grandmother would not have parted with me even for that fortnight had she not actually been compelled to. It happened that she was called to a meeting of the American Tract Society, and it was her intention to pay a visit to her cousin, Royall Eastman, after she had discharged the first and imperative duty she owed the society. Mrs. Deacon Ranney was to have taken me and provided for my temporal and spiritual wants during grandmother's absence, but at the last moment the deacon... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2956

House - Chapter 24. Driveways And Wall-Papers House - Chapter 24. Driveways And Wall-Papers

House - Chapter 24. Driveways And Wall-Papers
CHAPTER XXIV. DRIVEWAYS AND WALL-PAPERSHad we been so disposed we could have given the wretched Percival Wax a great deal of trouble. Lawyer Miles was anxious to prosecute the fellow, and I dare say he felt that he had missed the greatest opportunity of his life when Alice and I concluded to let the matter drop. We were moved to this decision by the consideration that, while we owed Percival Wax only our resentment and vengeance, a prosecution of him for his numerous misdemeanors would put us to no end of trouble. The exposure and punishment of vice would... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 822

House - Chapter 23. Alice's Night Watchman House - Chapter 23. Alice's Night Watchman

House - Chapter 23. Alice's Night Watchman
CHAPTER XXIII. ALICE'S NIGHT WATCHMANFrom what I have already told you it is likely that you have gathered that Alice and I had good reason to conclude that being a householder was by no means as cheap an enjoyment as could be conceived of. We recalled the words of the sagacious and prudent Mr. Denslow. "When you get a place of your own," said that wise man, "you will find that there will be a thousand annoying little demands for your money where now there is one." Our other friend, Mr. Black, had expressed the same idea when... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1704

House - Chapter 22. The Butler's Pantry House - Chapter 22. The Butler's Pantry

House - Chapter 22. The Butler's Pantry
CHAPTER XXII. THE BUTLER'S PANTRYIn the good old days, which were, of course, the days when you and I were boys and girls together at Biddeford, Me., our civilization knew nothing of that miserable invention which is now foisted upon the modern house under the name of butler's pantry. In those good old days we used to have pantries and china closets and butteries and all that sort of thing, and people were contented. At the present time, however, civilization is so curiously possessed of a desire to ape the customs of European society that every kind of innovation is... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2980

House - Chapter 21. With Plumbers And Painters House - Chapter 21. With Plumbers And Painters

House - Chapter 21. With Plumbers And Painters
CHAPTER XXI. WITH PLUMBERS AND PAINTERSIt did not take me long to find out that, in the treatment of the interior of the new house, Alice had fallen a victim to the influence of the Denslow-Baylor-Maria schools. I was not much surprised by this discovery, for I had known for some time that Alice regarded the Denslows and the Baylors as people of rare taste, and it was quite natural (as every unprejudiced person will allow) that, associating with Adah continually and being bound to her by ties of consanguinity, Alice should be susceptible to Adah's hortations, incitements, impulsations, and... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 3073

House - Chapter 20. I Acquire Poison And Experience House - Chapter 20. I Acquire Poison And Experience

House - Chapter 20. I Acquire Poison And Experience
CHAPTER XX. I ACQUIRE POISON AND EXPERIENCEThere is no telling to what unparalleled extent I should have carried my agricultural work but for a happening which interrupted my career in that direction and temporarily invalidated me for the performance of all manual labor. To make short of a long and painful story, I will tell you at once that in the very midst of my agricultural triumphs I was rudely awakened to a realization of the fact that I had been badly poisoned by ivy. The luxuriant growth in one part of our lawn which in my innocence I... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1565

House - Chapter 19. Other People's Dogs House - Chapter 19. Other People's Dogs

House - Chapter 19. Other People's Dogs
CHAPTER XIX. OTHER PEOPLE'S DOGSWhen I discovered one morning that my young sunflowers and my tomato vines had been cut down during the night by some lawless depredator I was mightily incensed. I had not supposed that there was anybody so mean as to commit such a wanton destruction. The value of the property destroyed was not large; I had paid but five cents apiece for the twenty tomato vines, and the young sunflowers were a present from Fadda Pierce. The intrinsic value of these things was so small as to cut no figure in my mind, but... Nonfictions - Post by : stevekiene - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2258