The Library: A Fragile History

Category: Book
By (author): Pettegree, Andrew
By (author): der Weduwen, Arthur
Subject:  HISTORY / Civilization
  HISTORY / Europe / General
  HISTORY / General
  HISTORY / World
  LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: November 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 9.25in x 6.00in x 1.75in
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From The Publisher*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.
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 The Library, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen introduce us to the antiquarians and philanthropists who shaped the world's great collections, trace the rise and fall of literary tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanors committed in pursuit of rare manuscripts. In doing so, they reveal that while collections themselves are fragile, often falling into ruin within a few decades, the idea of the library has been remarkably resilient as each generation makes-and remakes-the institution anew. 
Beautifully written and deeply researched, The Library is essential reading for booklovers, collectors, and anyone who has ever gotten blissfully lost in the stacks. 
Review Quote*"What is a ‘library'? Is it a mute display of personal wealth and power, or of a humble devotion to God? A routine community resource, or a waste of taxpayers' money? In The Library, we are led nimbly through the centuries, seeing how it has been all of these things and more, as the authors place on the shelf a cornucopia of bookish history."
 -Judith Flanders, author of A Place for Everything
Review Quote*"A sweeping, absorbing history, deeply researched, of that extraordinary and enduring phenomenon: the library."-Richard Ovenden, University of Oxford
Biographical Note

Andrew Pettegree is professor of modern history at the University of St Andrews. A leading expert on the history of book and media transformations, Pettegree is the award-winning author of several books on news and information culture. He lives in Scotland.

Arthur der Weduwen is a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the University of St. Andrews. This is his fifth book. He lives in Scotland.