1809. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, . . . by W. Savage, 1809.
8vo, iv, 87, [1(Ad: "Works by the Author of the 'Bibliomania'.")] pp. Woodcut vignette on title-page adapted from "Ship of Fools." Title-page printed in red & black. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, endpapers and edges, boards and backstrip worn, front hinge cracked, moderate foxing, particularly to the endpapers and preliminaries.
§ First Edition of the book that introduced the concept of “bibliomania” to the world. Dibdin expanded the book in two later editions. Symptoms discussed include an immoderate passion for large paper copies, uncut copies, copies printed upon vellum, etc. Five “probable means of cure” are suggested, among them “the encouragement of the study of Bibliography... may be numbered among the most efficacious”. Windle & Pippin A11a. Item #105531