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The Library

A Fragile History
Author: Weduwen, Arthur der; Pettegree, Andrew
Publisher: Profile Trade

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Princes, collectors, bookworms and thieves: the extraordinary story of the library, from Alexandria to the age of Google.

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SKU: 9781788163422 Category: Tag: Product ID: 340913

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‘A sweeping, absorbing history, deeply researched, of that extraordinary and enduring phenomenon: the library’ – Richard Ovenden, author of Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge under Attack

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.

Additional information

Weight 0.81 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 cm
ISBN

9781788163422

Subtitle

A Fragile History

Author

Weduwen, Arthur der; Pettegree, Andrew

Publisher

Profile Trade

Release Date

Tuesday November 30th, 2021

Format

Hardback

Main content page count

528 Pages