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Monday, November 30, 2015

Definitions for bibliotaph

  1. a person who caches or hoards books.

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Citations for bibliotaph
The late Sir Thomas Phillipps, of Middle Hill, was a remarkable instance of a bibliotaph. He bought bibliographical treasures simply to bury them. His mansion was crammed with books; he purchased whole libraries, and never even saw what he bought. William Blades, The Enemies of Books, 1888
It is bad enough and quite a novelty to be scolded by my cousin, who lives in a dusty labyrinth of books in a West Village artists' building and rarely abandons his Olympian bibliotaph's detachment to chide anyone face-to-face. Andrea Lee, "Anthropology," The Oxford American, March/April, 2001
Origin of bibliotaph
Bibliotaph comes from the Greek terms biblíon meaning "book" and táphos meaning "burial." It entered English in the early 1800s.