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The Library: A Fragile History

The Library: A Fragile History

Pettegree, Andrew
Der Weduwen, Arthur

Hardcover

General ReferenceGeneral World History

Publisher Price: $35.00

ISBN10: 1541600770
ISBN13: 9781541600775
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: Nov 9 2021
Pages: 528
Weight: 1.80
Height: 2.00 Width: 6.30 Depth: 9.30
Language: English
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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