By Nicholas A. Basbanes
Whilst first released, A mild Madness astounded and extremely joyful readers concerning the ardour and cost a collector is prepared to make in pursuit of the ebook. Written sooner than the emergence of the web yet newly up to date for the twenty first Century reader, A light Madness captures that final second in time whilst creditors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and highway stalls, excessive stakes auctions, and the subterfuge precious of a real bibliomaniac. An event one of the , A mild Madness is vividly anecdotal and carefully researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter s middle to light up creditors previous and found in their pursuit of bibliomania. Now a undying vintage of amassing, no lover of books can pass over A mild Madness.
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Paramount on the mobster’s mind was why a thief with such impressive “inside talent” as Blumberg obviously had would “waste” his skills on books instead of “things that are more liquid” like gold and diamonds. “I never took the books to sell,” Blumberg explained to the man. ” Hearing that stunning admission, the mobster abruptly ended the meeting. “He decided I was really crazy,” Blumberg said. ” When we spoke, Stephen Carrie Blumberg stood accused in United States District Court of transporting stolen property into Iowa.
Unchanged here, too, is the chapter on the massive book thefts of Stephen C. Blumberg, whose trial in United States District Court in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1991 remains the only instance on record in which criminal bibliomania was defended in an American courtroom with a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. As I reported in the 1999 preface to the Owl paperback, Blumberg was released from federal custody in 1996, only to be arrested again the following year on state charges of removing antique fixtures from abandoned Victorian buildings.
45. Four-time Emmy award winner John Larroquette. Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 46. David Karpeles of Santa Barbara, California. Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 47. William Self, California collector. Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 48. Dr. Haskell F. Norman of Marin County, California. Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 49. The bibliokleptomaniac enjoys a moment in the “California Room” of his Ottumwa house. Courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes. 50. Stephen C. Blumberg gives a guided tour of his Ottumwa, Iowa, house.