Dibdin's ghost


Poem about the visit of the ghost of bibliographer Thomas Frognell Dibdin to a booklover, describing the heaven that awaits bibliophiles.

Creator(s): Field, Eugene.
Creation Date: 1966
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Creator (Author):
Field, Eugene.

Eugene Field (September 2, 1850-November 4, 1895). American author. Born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts by a cousin after the death of his mother. Attended several colleges, and abandoned study for travel in Europe. Returning penniless, Field worked as a journalist for the Saint Joseph Gazette, and became an editor of that publication. He gained a reputation for "humorous articles written in a gossipy style." Field worked for several more newspapers, including the Morning Journal (St. Louis), Times-Journal (St. Louis), Kansas City Times, the Tribune (Denver), and the Chicago Daily News. In 1879 he had begun publishing poetry, particularly for children, which were a success. One of the most famous of his poems was "Wynken, Blynken and Nod."

Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: Massmann, Robert E.
Publisher Info: Robert E. Massmann, author, librarian, and publisher of miniature books under his imprint REM Miniatures. Massmann assembled a major collection of miniature books, and is a founding member of the Miniature Book Society.
Place of Publication: New Britain, Connecticut
  • Creation: 1966
  • Digitized: September 2007

Poem about the visit of the ghost of bibliographer Thomas Frognell Dibdin to a booklover, describing the heaven that awaits bibliophiles.


Edition of 42 copies.

Printed on the publisher's 42nd birthday, April 2, 1966, and given as a keepsake to friends.

Libraries' copy is #1, from the collection of Massmann, with his bookplate inside front cover.

Donated to the Miniature Book Collection in honor of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Rare Book & Texana Collections.

Gift: September 2006.

Physical Description:

[11] p.; 35 x 67 mm.

Bound in decorated card covers with applied cover labels. Retains original clear plastic(?) slipcase.

  • Other : Dibdin, Thomas Frognall Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1777-November 18, 1847). English bibliographer. Born in Calcutta. Both parents died in 1780, and Thomas was brought up by an uncle. Attended St. John's College, Oxford. Ordaned a clergyman in 1804. Was appointed to the rectory of St. Mary's Bryanston Square, and retained the office until his death. Dibdin is best known for his bibliographic works. He worked with the library of the Earls of Spencer at Althorp, and produced the first published catalog of their collection. Dibdin was also one of the founders and vice president of the Roxburghe Club.
UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections
Miniature Book Collection
  • OCLC: 64700960 |
  • CALL-NO: Z232.R64 D53 1966
  • UNTCAT: b2963147 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc3582
Resource Type: Book
Format: Text
Access: Public
License: Copyright
Holder: Robert E. Massmann
Statement: Copyright held by Robert E. Massmann. Material may not be reproduced without permission.