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Before the public library : reading, community, and identity in the Atlantic world, 1650-1850

Author: Mark R M Towsey; Kyle B Roberts
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018] ©2018
Series: Library of the written word, 61.; Library of the written word., Handpress world ;, 46.
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"Before the Public Library explores the emergence of community-based lending libraries in the Atlantic World before the advent of the Public Library movement in the mid-nineteenth century. Essays by eighteen scholars from a range of disciplines seek to place, for the first time, community libraries within an Atlantic context over a two-century period. Taking a comparative approach, this volume shows that community  Read more...
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Before the public library.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
(DLC) 2017036234
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark R M Towsey; Kyle B Roberts
ISBN: 9789004348677 9004348670
OCLC Number: 1010747352
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 415 pages).
Contents: Building Religious Communities with Books: the Quaker and Anglican Transatlantic Libraries, 1650-1710 / Louisiane Ferlier --
Poetry and Civic Urbanism in the Coffee-house Library in the Mid-eighteenth Century / Markman Ellis --
Of Mudfish, Harpsichords and Books: Libraries and Community in Eighteenth-century Jamaica / April G. Shelford --
Affleck Generations: the Libraries of the Boswells of Auchinleck,1695-1825 / James J. Caudle --
Sedition, Revolution and Libertinism In Eighteenth-century Brazil: the Library Of Naturalist Jose Vieira Couto / Junia Ferreira Furtado --
Uncommon Knowledge: Late Eighteenth-century American Subscription Library Collections / Cheryl Knott --
Reading Sheffield: Sheffield Libraries and Book Clubs, 1771-1850 / Sue Roe and Loveday Herridge --
Challenging Institutional Ambitions: the Practice of Book Exchanges at the New York Society Library, 1789-1795 / Rob Koehler --
A "Quaint Corner" of the Reading Nation: Romantic Readerships in Rural Perthshire, 1780-1830 / Katie Halsey --
From Private Devotion to "Public" Education: Northern Dissenting Academy Libraries and their Benefactors / Rachel Eckersley --
The Foundation of Plymouth Public Library: Cultural Status, Philanthropy and Expanding Readerships, 1810-1825 / Annika Bautz --
Reading on the Edge of the Atlantic: the Easton Library Company / Christopher Phillips --
Crafting Respectability: the Politics of Class at the Mechanic Apprentices' Library of Boston / Lynda K. Yankaskas --
Reading Publics: Books, Communities and Readers in the Early History of American Public Libraries / Tom Glynn --
From Voluntary to State Action: Samuel Smiles, James Silk Buckingham and the Rise of the Public Library Movement in Britain / Alistair Black.
Series Title: Library of the written word, 61.; Library of the written word., Handpress world ;, 46.
Responsibility: edited by Mark Towsey, Kyle B. Roberts.

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"Before the Public Library explores the emergence of community-based lending libraries in the Atlantic World before the advent of the Public Library movement in the mid-nineteenth century. Essays by eighteen scholars from a range of disciplines seek to place, for the first time, community libraries within an Atlantic context over a two-century period. Taking a comparative approach, this volume shows that community libraries played an important - and largely unrecognized - role in shaping Atlantic social networks, political and religious movements, scientific and geographic knowledge, and economic enterprise. Libraries had a distinct role to play in shaping modern identities through the acquisition and circulation of specific kinds of texts, the fostering of sociability, and the building of community-based institutions"--

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