The Library: A Fragile History

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LONGLISTED FOR THE HISTORICAL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION NON-FICTION CROWN A SUNDAY TIMES NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Timely ... a long and engrossing survey of the library' FT 'A sweeping, absorbing history, deeply researched' Richard Ovenden, author of Burning the Books 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 this, the first major history of its kind, Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen explore the contested and dramatic history of the library, 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 fashions and tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanours committed in pursuit of rare and valuable manuscripts.

ISBN : 9781788163439
BY (AUTHOR) Pettegree, Andrew, BY (AUTHOR) Weduwen, Arthur der
PUBLISHER : Profile Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : September 29, 2022
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Profile Books Ltd
LANGUAGE : English AGE : Tertiary Education
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 198 mm x 130 mm
WEIGHT : 440 g

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