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The library : a fragile history

Author: Andrew Pettegree; Arthur der Weduwen
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
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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 beanbags and children's drawings--the history of the library is rich, varied, and stuffed full of incident. In The Library, the first major work of its kind, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen trace this extraordinary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Informational works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Pettegree; Arthur der Weduwen
ISBN: 9781541600775 1541600770
OCLC Number: 1241244230
Notes: Originally published in 2021 in Great Britain by Profile Books Ltd.
Description: 518 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue. curating the ruins --
Part 1: Inception and survival. A confusion of scrolls ; Sanctuary ; Little monkeys and letters of gold --
Part 2: The crisis of print. The infernal press ; Coming of age ; Reformations --
Part 3: The new collectors. The professionals ; Idle books and riff raff ; Mission fields --
Part 4: Between public and private. Grand designs ; Cardinal errors ; The antiquarians --
Part 5: Fictions. Orderly minds ; Building empires ; Reading on the job --
Part 6: The war on books. Surviving the twentieth century ; Wrestling with modernity ; Libraries, books and politics ; Postscript. Reading without books.
Responsibility: Andrew Pettegree and Arthur Der Weduwen.

Abstract:

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 beanbags and children's drawings--the history of the library is rich, varied, and stuffed full of incident. In The Library, the first major work of its kind, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen trace this extraordinary history, 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 technologies, ideologies, and tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanors committed in pursuit of rare and valuable manuscripts. Very often, they find, libraries flourish in the hands of their first owner, then waste away as collections that represented the values and interests of one generation fail to speak to the one that follows. Yet while collections themselves fall victim to damp, dust, moths, and bookworms, the idea of the library persists, 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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