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

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Pearisburg Public Library 027.473 Pe (Text) 00000305571 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781541600775
  • ISBN: 1541600770
  • Physical Description: 518 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, [2021]

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General Note:
"Originally published in 2021 in Great Britain by Profile Books Ltd."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [461]-502) and index.
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 misdemeanors committed in pursuit of rare and valuable manuscripts.
Subject: Libraries > History.

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