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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 26, June 25, 2000, Article 9

WORD OF THE WEEK: BIBLIOPHILE 

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      bibliophile (BIB-lee-uh-fyl) also bibliophil (-fil) or 
      bibliophilist (bib-lee-OF-uh-list) noun 

      1. A lover of books. 
      2. A collector of books. 

[Biblio-, book + -phile, lover of.] 

   "The 17th-century bibliophile George Thomason, whose 
   specialty was seditious tracts, once buried his collection of over 
   22,000 publications, fearing their discovery, by the Army. What 
   if he'd died, before he was able to retrieve them? " 
   Albert Goldbarth, Canyon, Gorge, Arroyo, Poetry, Oct 1999. 

   [Editor's note:  burying one's library is not generally considered 
    a good preservation practice.  And in the "Who Says You Can't 
    Take It With You" department, 27-year-old bibliophile and 
    "traction heir"  Harry Elkins Widener clutched a 1598 edition of 
    Bacon's Essays as he went down with the S.S. Titanic on April 
    15, 1912. (Trager, James; The People's Chronology, New York, 
    1979] 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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