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The Library: A Fragile History

The Library: A Fragile History (Hardback)

By Pettegree, Andrew
By der Weduwen, Arthur

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The dramatic and contested history of the library, from the ancient world to the digital age Famed across the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built up over centuries, destroyed in a single day, ornamented with gold leaf and frescoes, or filled with bean bags... and children's drawings--the history of the library is rich, varied, and stuffed full of incident. In The Library, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen introduce us to the antiquarians and philanthropists who shaped the world's great collections, trace the rise and fall of literary tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanors committed in pursuit of rare manuscripts. In doing so, they reveal that while collections themselves are fragile, often falling into ruin within a few decades, the idea of the library has been remarkably resilient as each generation makes--and remakes--the institution anew. Beautifully written and deeply researched, The Library is essential reading for booklovers, collectors, and anyone who has ever gotten blissfully lost in the stacks.
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ISBN 9781541600775
Publisher Basic Books
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781541600775
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Basic Books
Imprint Basic Books
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Pettegree, Andrew
By der Weduwen, Arthur
Category Antiques & Collectables: Books, Manuscripts, Ephemera & Printed Matter
Library & Information Sciences
World History
World History: BCE To C 500 CE
European History
Number of Pages 528
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 51mm
Dewey Code 027.009
Weight 816g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Libraries - History
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade