The library : a fragile history

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New York, NY : Basic Books, 2021.
First US edition.
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518 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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New York, NY : Basic Books, 2021.
First US edition.


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Originally published in 2021 in Great Britain by Profile Books Ltd.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-502) and index.
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. --,From dust jacket.

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Pettegree, A., & Weduwen, A. d. (2021). The library: a fragile history (First US edition.). Basic Books.

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Pettegree, Andrew and Arthur der, Weduwen. 2021. The Library: A Fragile History. New York, NY: Basic Books.

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