2. Patience & Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture (or Patience and Fortitude: Wherein a Colorful Cast of Determined Book Collectors, Dealers, and Librarians Go About the Quixotic Task of Preserving a Legacy)
All are by Nicholas A. Basbanes.
A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in non-fiction in 1995 and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, A Gentle Madness is in it’s sixteenth printing (click here for a review from the NYTimes Book Review)! How in the world have I not heard of this book or this author until now?
These three books are considered a trilogy: A Gentle Madness being about the history of book collectors, Patience & Fortitude being about libraries, and The Splendor of Letters being about book preservation.
Basbanes‘s other books also sound interesting:
- Editions & Impressions: My Twenty Years on the Book Beat
- Among the Gently Mad: Strategies and Perspectives for the Book Hunter in the 21st Century
- Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World
Apparently Basbanes‘s books are very well known among bibliophiles…guess I’ve just been hiding under a rock for the past fifteen years. :)