Book collecting

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The process of acquiring a collection of books based on their content, history, rarity, or other bibliographic characteristics. A person who systematically acquires books in a specific field of knowledge, or within certain historical or bibliographic parameters, is known as a book collector.

For a brief but fascinating essay on the history of book collecting, please see A Dictionary of Book History by John Feather (New York: Oxford University Press,1986) beginning on page 36.

See also: bibliophile and bibliomania.

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