‘The Library’ – the history of libraries and the people who built them

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Perfect for book lovers, this is a fascinating exploration of the history of libraries and the people who built them, from the ancient world to the digital age.


• Andrew Pettegree,
Arthur der Weduwen

The Library
A Fragile History
Profile Books, oktober 2021
9781788163422, hardcover,
528 pagina’s, € 25,99

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‘A sweeping, absorbing history, deeply researched, of that extraordinary and enduring phenomenon: the library’ – Richard Ovenden, author of Burning the Books

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.

Beautifully illustrated with a stunning plate section and marbled endpapers, this book is the perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life!

Andrew Pettegree holds a professorship at St Andrews University and is one of the leading experts on Europe during the Reformation. He is the author of The Invention of News, which won the Goldsmith Prize and Brand Luther, among other publications. [wikipedia]

Arthur der Weduwen is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Deputy Director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue project at St Andrews. This is his fifth book. [wikipedia]

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