The Library : A Fragile History - Arthur der Weduwen - 9781788163439 - Profile Books

The Library : A Fragile History - Arthur der Weduwen - 9781788163439 - Profile Books

ISBN: 9781788163439
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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 childrens 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 worlds 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.

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