Catalogus Bibliothecæ Ionathani Bordenii

Jonathan Borden – Catalogus Librorum Impressorum Bibliothecæ Ionathani Bordenii

Catalogvs Librorvm Impressorvm Bibliothecæ Ionathani Bordenii

(Library Catalogue.) “Habent sua fata libelli,” wrote Terentianus Maurus at the end of the first century A.D., “Books have their own destinies.”


If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.


Nothing is more impotent than an unread library.
—John Waters1,2

A fitting maxim nearly two millennia later for Jonathan “Jono” Borden, whose private library of many and varied texts on magic and occultism, poetry and religion, gathered “from beyond the seas”—in the spirit of John Dee—and assembled over a period of thirteen years between 2010 and 2023, opens with its ancient quotation.

Words to shelve and browse by, as this comprehensive guide to his core collection describes in detail, using Resource Description and Access (RDA) standards, all 1,125 volumes of Borden’s most cherished editions—arranged according to Library of Congress Classification (LCC), defined by Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

This exquisitely-crafted catalogue of the Bibliotheca Ionathani Bordenii is an artwork in itself, which assists in accessing its treasures across ten chapters—in Latin and English.

Halifax: Jono Borden | First Edition (January 22, 2021)
Rights Territory: Worldwide

CIPO Registration 1178143

☞ Subjects (LCSH):

Borden, Jono, 1987– —Library—Catalogs | Bibliotheca Ionathani Bordenii—Catalogs | Private libraries—Canada—Catalogs | Book collectors—Canada | Magic—Bibliography—Catalogs | Occultism—Bibliography—Catalogs

☞ Form/Genre (LCGFT):

Grimoires | Collection catalogs | Bibliographies | Library catalogs

☞ Subjects (BISAC):

LAN025030 LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / Cataloging & Classification | LAN025020 LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / Archives & Special Libraries | REF004000 REFERENCE / Bibliographies & Indexes

☞ Keywords (BISAC):

Collection Development | Curiosities & Wonders | Publishers & Publishing Industry | Readers | Books | Literacy | Research

☞ Classification (LCC):

Z997.B67 2021

☞ Classification (DDC):

017/.2—dc23 | 017.2 B728c

☞ Reviews: [Forthcoming]

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1John Waters, “[Chapter] 11[.] Two Masters” in Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste: by John Waters: Foreword by Simon Doonan, published at New York by Thunder’s Mouth Press in 2005; page 212.
2John Waters, “Bookworm” in Role Models, published at New York by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2010; page 177.