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The library : a fragile history / Andrew Pettegree and Arthur Der Weduwen.

Available copies

  • 11 of 21 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burnham Library - Bridgewater.

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2 current holds with 21 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Burnham Library - Bridgewater 027.473 PETTEGREE (Text to phone) 36937002166743 Adult New Material Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541600775
  • ISBN: 1541600770
  • ISBN: 9781541600775
  • ISBN: 1541600770
  • ISBN: 9781541600775
  • ISBN: 1541600770
  • Physical Description: 518 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published in 2021 in Great Britain by Profile Books Ltd.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-502) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: curating the ruins -- Inception and survival. A confusion of scrolls ; Sanctuary ; Little monkeys and letters of gold -- The crisis of print. The infernal press ; Coming of age ; Reformations -- The new collectors. The professionals ; Idle books and riff raff ; Mission fields -- Between public and private. Grand designs ; Cardinal errors ; The antiquarians -- Fictions. Orderly minds ; Building empires ; Reading on the job -- The war on books. Surviving the twentieth century ; Wrestling with modernity ; Libraries, books and politics -- Postscript: reading without books.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: Libraries > History.

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