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Book Life

The Life and Times of David Scott Mitchell
Author: Chanin, Eileen
Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing

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Australia’s greatest book collector, David Scott Mitchell, gave his…

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SKU: 9781921509872 Category: Product ID: 6687

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Australia’s greatest book collector, David Scott Mitchell, gave his extraordinary library and a bequest for its development to the people of Sydney and the world.This is the first comprehensive account of his life and what, how, and why he collected, told through his books, reading, and contemporary correspondence. Mitchell’s life and his collecting opens a window on the world of ideas, literature, libraries, and philanthropy in the nineteenth century. Now available in paperback! Shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association’s Magarey Medal for Biography. The judges’ citation: ‘Eileen Chanin’s biography of David Scott Mitchell offers a fascinating rendition of the life of the man who bequeathed the nation its finest library of Australiana. Thoroughly researched, Chanin leaves no stone unturned in telling the story of Mitchell’s life. She presents a panoptic view of this often-shadowy figure in his full historical context. Book Life provides a compelling account of the intellectual and bookish circles of colonial Sydney and contains many valuable insights regarding the culture of collecting.’

Additional information

ISBN

9781921509872

Subtitle

The Life and Times of David Scott Mitchell

Author

Chanin, Eileen

Publisher

Australian Scholarly Publishing

Release Date

Thursday November 1st, 2012

Format

Paperback / softback