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The Library: A Fragile History

The Library: A Fragile History (Paperback, Main)

By Weduwen, Arthur der
By Pettegree, Andrew

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    29 Sep 22

'Excellent ... rigorous but riveting history' Spectator 'Outstanding ... a history of libraries from the ancient world to yesterday, it is fetchingly produced and scrupulously researched - a perfect gift for bibliophiles everywhere' Professor John Carey, The Sunday Times 'A sweep...ing, absorbing history, deeply researched, of that extraordinary and enduring phenomenon: the library' Richard Ovenden, author of Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge under Attack 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 this, the first major history of its kind, Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen explore the contested and dramatic history of the library, from the famous collections of the ancient world to the embattled public resources we cherish today. Along the way, they introduce us to the antiquarians and philanthropists who shaped the world's great collections, trace the rise and fall of fashions and tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanours committed in pursuit of rare and valuable manuscripts.
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ISBN 9781788163439
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Format Paperback, Main
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Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 29 Sep 2022

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ISBN-13 9781788163439
Stock Release date is 29 September 2022
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 29 Sep 2022
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Profile Books Ltd
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
 › 2 other possible formats available
Edition Main
Author(s) By Weduwen, Arthur der
By Pettegree, Andrew
Category Antiques & Collectables: Books, Manuscripts, Ephemera & Printed Matter
Library & Information Services
World History: C 1500 To C 1750
European History
Number of Pages 528
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 027.009
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Libraries - History
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade