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The Library: A Fragile History

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Arthur der Weduwen and Andrew Pettegree




This sweeping bookish history has something for everyone … it is a glorious reminder that books are borderless and boundless and libraries priceless, in all senses — Lucy Atkins, Best literary non-fiction books 2021 ― The Times


Outstanding … a history of libraries from the ancient world to yesterday, it is fetchingly produced and scrupulously researched – a perfect gift for bibliophiles everywhere — Professor John Carey ― The Sunday Times


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 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.

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About the Author

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.


Book Specifications

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Published Year: 2021
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 978-1788163439


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