LUNACY AND THE ARRANGEMENT OF BOOKS.

  • New Castle: Oak Knoll Books, 2003.
  • 8vo.
  • stiff paper wrappers.
  • (ii), 24 pages.
  • ISBN 9781584560999 / 1584560991 / Order Nr. 14014
  • Price: $10.00  other currencies
LUNACY AND THE ARRANGEMENT OF BOOKS

First edition, third printing. A humorous and poignant essay on the idiosyncrasies of book arrangements by collectors over the centuries. Professor Belanger treats the reader to some of the idiotic methods of categorizing and shelving books. One gem from an etiquette book of 1863 decreed that a perfect hostess will see to it that the works of male and female authors be properly segregated on her book shelves. Their proximity, unless they happen to be married, should not be tolerated. This book will bring a smile to the face of any bibliophile. Belanger, founder of the Book Arts Press, is the University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia.