There is nothing that I like more than stumbling upon tattered and old books in the deepest parts of a library or at a secondhand store. I am willing to bet that most of my bookshelves contain these types of books. I remember when I was in high school, the school library would have twenty-five cent book sales, and I would always stock up. At the time, I may have not known what the books even were, but just the look of them made me want to start collecting them. I’ve always wanted to make my way to various European countries and find old bookstores that house these types of books. The people who sell these types of books that I am always on the lookout for are called ‘bibliopoles.’
According to the ‘Oxford English Dictionary,’ ‘bibliopole’ is a noun that means, “A dealer in books, a bookseller.” ‘Bibliopole’ seemed to have been a short-lived word since the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ has only two accounts of it ever being used. However, one of the books that ‘bibliopole’ was used in was Benjamin Disraeli’s ‘Vivian Grey’ in 1826. In the book it says, “The neat row of plates, and the well-scoured utensils, and the fine old Dutch clock, and the ancient and amusing ballad, purchased at some neighbouring fair, or of some itinerant bibliopole, and pinned against the wall, all gone!” Disraeli used ‘bibliopole’ in his novel as a way for his character, Vivian, to mock his fellow politicians that lived throughout Europe.
Unfortunately, ‘bibliopole’ was a very short-lived word, having only been found in various pieces of literature for a little over forty years. However, bibliopoles most certainly still exist today. By just entering any library or bookstore, you are immediately addressed by a bibliopole. If you are a booklover like me, you rejoice that bibliopoles are still around to help add to your own book collection. http://buff.ly/1MMpQyahttp://buff.ly/1MMpNTf#BloomingTwig #BooksThatMatter #BookHugs