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The Library: An Illustrated History
 
 
Author
Stuart A.P. Murray.
Publisher Skyhorse  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 10 x 7 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9781616084530
Pages/Publication Date 310/2012
Daedalus Item Code 22411
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Throughout the history of the world, libraries have variously been built, burned, rediscovered, raided, utterly overlooked, and prized above all other institutions, while the treasures they've housed have evolved from stone tablets to mass-produced bound-paper volumes and digital files. Illustrated with some 200 photos, drawings, artworks, and bits of ephemera, this book tours the libraries of ancient Babylon and Greece, early China, Renaissance England, colonial America, and cyberspace, delving into their books, patrons, and keepers and also offering insightful quotations.

"This may be the most beautiful book and the saddest that a bibliophile will ever read. Most beautiful because it is illustrated on nearly every page with paintings, drawings, and photographs of libraries around the world. Saddest because so many of those libraries have, over the centuries, been sacked, bombed, or burned.... The Library should be in the hands of every elected official (including school board members) and voter who is even thinking about defunding or closing a library or shortening its hours."Feathered Quill Book Reviews

 
 
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