'Libraries gave us power' as someone once said. This fascinating new hardback is the first major work on the history of the library, and a beautifully researched and written work it is.
The history of the library is rich, varied and stuffed full of incident. In this absorbing new book 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.
Size: 160 x 236mm
Publisher: Profile Books