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  • n. A person who is obsessed with owning valuable books.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who has a mania for books.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One affected with bibliomania.
  • Affected by or pertaining to bibliomania; book-mad. Also bibliomanian.


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  • I hesitated a moment; but having heard that such communications were usually made by the visitors of show places, I answered: "Oh! a very venerable one, if your master is what they call a bibliomaniac -- Caxton."

    The Caxtons — Volume 05

  • The bibliomaniac, that is, remakes the literary heritage as his cabinet library.

    "Wedded to Books': Bibliomania and the Romantic Essayists

  • Called a "baby bibliomaniac" as a child, he acquired his first book at auction, the fable "Reynard the Fox," at age 11.

    Extreme Book-Collecting

  • I am a reformed bibliomaniac; a decade ago I would be easily spending $100 a week on books.

    In Defence Of Buying Books | Lifehacker Australia

  • I'm a quotationaholic, sort of like a bibliomaniac (which I also am) but for quotations.

    Printing: Book Review The LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch

  • Hard not like a man who describes himself as "an antediluvian, bibliomaniac, and curmudgeon."

    Deo gratias ..

  • I would be a cross between a bibliodemon and bibliomaniac.


  • But the bibliomaniac may in fact have supplied his contemporaries with a resource for thinking about how booksor, better still, the canon (that "imaginary totality of works" referenced by John Guillory, who cautions us against the ideological misprision involved in thinking that it might be materialized anywhere) might be more firmly attached to persons, might be rendered personal effects.

    "Wedded to Books': Bibliomania and the Romantic Essayists

  • In an age when ideas of the literary canon had come to be articulated with new notions of a shared national culture that was every Briton's birthright, the bibliomaniac offered the Romantic essayist lessons in how to reprivatize the stuff of the public domain.

    Article Abstracts

  • But, eschewing this new account of "English," the bibliomaniac insisted, as Neil Kenny puts it, on locating books in spaceas if dispensing with the premise that books were made for reading made it easier to see books as made for arranging and indeed endless rearranging, and in this way made for the dislocations and relocations that extract these objects from the public contexts of literary history.

    "Wedded to Books': Bibliomania and the Romantic Essayists


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