Phantoms on the Bookshelves
- Publication Date: July 5, 2012
- Imprint: The Overlook Press
- ISBN: 9781468301854
- Page Count: 144
- Rights: Worldwide including Canada but excluding Brittish
The author, a lifelong accumulator of books ancient and modern, lives in a house large enough to accommodate his many thousands of volumes, as well as overspill from the libraries of his friends. While his musings on the habits of collectors from the earliest known libraries are learned, amusing, and instructive, his advice on cataloguing may even save lives. Phantoms on the Bookshelves ranges from classical Greece to contemporary Iceland, from Balzac to Moby-Dick and Google. Rich in wit and wisdom, it will be a lasting delight for all who treasure books.