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The man who loved books too much

the true story of a thief, a detective, and a world of literary obsession

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This edition was published in by Riverhead Books in New York.

Written in English

274 pages

Unrepentant book thief John Charles Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the county. Yet unlike most thieves, who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for the love of the books. Perhaps equally obsessive, though, is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" driven to catch him. Sanders, a lifelong rare book collector and dealer turned amateur detective, will stop at nothing to catch the thief plaguing his trade.

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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
2009, Penguin USA, Inc.
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The man who loved books too much

the true story of a thief, a detective, and a world of literary obsession

First published in 2009



Work Description

In the tradition of The Orchid Thief, a compelling narrative set within the strange and genteel world of rare-book collecting: the true story of an infamous book thief, his victims, and the man determined to catch him. Rare-book theft is even more widespread than fine-art theft. Most thieves, of course, steal for profit.

John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books. In an attempt to understand him better, journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged herself into the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be. Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him.

Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she has woven this entertaining cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes, where he stashed the loot, and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.

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Library of Congress Z992.8 .B37 2009
Dewey 002.075, B

The man who loved books too much

the true story of a thief, a detective, and a world of literary obsession

This edition was published in by Riverhead Books in New York.


Edition Description

Unrepentant book thief John Charles Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the county. Yet unlike most thieves, who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for the love of the books. Perhaps equally obsessive, though, is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" driven to catch him. Sanders, a lifelong rare book collector and dealer turned amateur detective, will stop at nothing to catch the thief plaguing his trade.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Genre
Biography

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
002.075, B
Library of Congress
Z992.8 .B37 2009

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23943949M
Internet Archive
manwholovedbooks00bart_611
ISBN 10
1594488916
ISBN 13
9781594488917
LC Control Number
2009021324

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