Philobiblon, A Treatise on the Love of Books: by Richard de Bury . . . and Translated from the First edition, MCCCCLXXIII. With Some Collations.

Place and Imprint: London: Printed for Thomas Rodd, 1832.
Edition: First edition in English.
Bibliographical References: Lowndes, page 330.
Condition: Some minor tears at the fore-edges; fine copy.
Book ID: 27623

Physical Description

8vo, modern quarter tan calf period-style, marbled paper boards, black leather label, gilt lettering, untrimmed. Manuscript erratum bound in.


"The first treatise on bibliography by an English writer" - Lowndes. The original Latin text by Richard de Bury (1287-1345), the Bishop of Durham, was translated by John Bellingham Inglis. W. J. Courtenay in the DNB writes: "Philobiblon contains more than expressions of [Bury's] love of books, his methods of acquiring his library and his plans for endowing a college at Oxford that would house his collection. It contains abundant criticisms of contemporary scholarly and religious practices . . . [and] admonishes various groups for their neglect or misuse of learning." This English translation contains 35 pages of Inglis' notes.

Price: $1,500.00

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