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Cover of: Philobiblon | Richard de Bury
About the Book

The Philobiblon is a collection of essays concerning the acquisition, preservation, and organization of books written by the mediaeval bibliophile Richard de Bury shortly before his death in 1345. Written in Latin, as was the custom of the day, it is separated into twenty chapters, each covering a different topic relating to book collecting.

There was a dispute as to whether de Bury was the actual author of the Philobiblon. The controversy began as a result of the bishop’s own biographer, Chambres, neglecting to mention the book at all in de Bury's biography. Many thought that de Bury’s chaplain, Robert Holkot, was the author and there was substantial evidence that this was the case. Today, however, most experts agree that the work is de Bury’s, chiefly due to the revealing and autobiographical nature of the book.[1]

According to one scholar, the Philobiblon is “one of the longest extant medieval texts on the subject of library management.” In it are several innovations such as the practices for circulation control among the students of the college, utilizing at times an open-stack rather than the dominant closed-stack system.[2] Fifteenth century scholars cited it often. Thomas Kempis, the author of the devotional book The Imitation of Christ, borrowed a whole chapter of the Philobiblon for one of his works, and Mathaus Hummel read from it during the opening of the University of Freiburg.[3]

As to de Bury’s legacy, it was said about the Philobiblon: “it is the sole memorial of one who loved books so much in an age and country that loved them so little

26 editions First published in 1599

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June 1, 2006, Cosimo Classics
THE LOVE OF BOOKS
Paperback in English
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1984, "Kniga"
Filobiblon
in Latin
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1970, Barnes & Noble
Philobiblon
in English
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1970, Published for the Shakespeare Head Press by B. Blackwell
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in English
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1967, Sällskapet Bokvännerna
Philobiblon.
in English
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1966, Cooper Square Publishers
The love of books
in English
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1960, Published for the Shakespeare Head Press by Basil Blackwell
Philobiblon
in English
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1960, Published for the Shakespeare Head Press by B. Blackwell
Philobiblon.
in English
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1954, F. Fiorentino
Philobiblon
in English
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1948, Univ. of California Press
The Philobiblon
in English
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1948, Univ. of California Press
The Philobiblon
in English
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1945, P.C. Duschnes
The Philobiblon.
in English
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1925, Chatto & W.
The love of books
in English
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1925, Printed by E. and R. Grabhorn
Philobiblon.
in English
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1925, Chatto & Windus
The love of books
in English
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1921, Village Press
Philobiblon.
in Latin
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1913, Chatto & Windus
The love of books
in English
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1909, A. Moring
The love of books
in English
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1909, Chatto & Windus
The love of books
in English
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1903, A Moring, the De la More press
The love of books.
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1902
The love of books
in English
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1899, Meyer Brothers & Co.
Philobiblon.
in English
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1861, Joel Munsell
Philobiblon
in English - 1st American ed.
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1856, Aug. Aubry
Philobiblion
in French
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1832, Printed for T. Rodd
Philobiblon
in English
Cover of: Philobiblon Richardi Dunelmensis sive De amore librorum, et institutione bibliothecæ, tractatus pulcherrimus

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