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Phantoms on the Bookshelves
by Jacques Bonnet and Sian Reynolds and James Salter


Overview - The author, a lifelong accumulator of books ancient and modern, lives in a house large enough to accommodate his many thousands of volumes, as well as overspill from the libraries of his friends. While his musings on the habits of collectors from the earliest known libraries are learned, amusing, and instructive, his advice on cataloguing may even save lives.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The author, a lifelong accumulator of books ancient and modern, lives in a house large enough to accommodate his many thousands of volumes, as well as overspill from the libraries of his friends. While his musings on the habits of collectors from the earliest known libraries are learned, amusing, and instructive, his advice on cataloguing may even save lives. Phantoms on the Bookshelves ranges from classical Greece to contemporary Iceland, from Balzac to Moby-Dick and Google. Rich in wit and wisdom, it will be a lasting delight for all who treasure books.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590207598
  • ISBN-10: 1590207599
  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Page Count: 144
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-04-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this slim but charming volume, with an introduction by novelist James Salter, French art historian, editor, and novelist Bonnet describes his obsession with books, which has yielded a library of more than 40,000 volumes. In chapters such as “Organizing the Bookshelves” and “Where do they all come from?” Bonnet ponders the pitfalls of various organizational systems, the practice and art of reading, the intricacies of bookstores, buying new versus used books, and the effects of the Internet and electronic books on a physical library. Identity and books are closely intertwined. As Bonnet writes: “The fundamental character of the librarian will emerge as one’s eye travels along the bookshelves.” While ostensibly about Bonnet’s library, the volume also illustrates the intensely symbiotic relationship between reader and writer, a book and its recipients. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (July)

 
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