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ISBN-10: 1541600770
ISBN-13: 9781541600775
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 11/09/2021
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.30" W, 2.00" H

The Library: A Fragile History

Hardcover

Price: $35.00

Overview

Perfect for book lovers, this is a fascinating exploration of the history of libraries and the people who built them, 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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"One of the best things about Pettegree and Weduwen's long and engrossing survey of the library is that they show how adaptable and creative libraries have been over time. I have no doubt that future histories will continue to tell that story."–Financial Times
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ISBN-10: 1541600770
ISBN-13: 9781541600775
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 11/09/2021
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.30" W, 2.00" H
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