By MICHAEL CAINES
Regular readers of J. C.'s perambulations will know by now that the aim is to buy second-hand "books to be read", rather than books to be treasured, locked in a bank vault, insured for millions, or donated to the nation in lieu of tax. (And for most of us: chance would be a fine thing.)
If you're not so much a reader as a collector, however, a bibliomaniac rather than a bookworm, you have learnt to treasure books not so much for their insides as their outsides; and according to Thomas Dibdin, you have a problem. The TLS cynically feeds your addiction by running occasional pieces on astounding sales at Sotheby's or the vexed history of private collections. But new regulations mean that I'm now bound to offer you at least the standard guidelines for kicking the habit, courtesy of the Revd Dibdin, who inspired the establishment of the Roxburghe Club in 1812.