The Library: An Illustrated History

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Skyhorse Pub., 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 310 pages
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Elaborate history of the library from its very beginnings in the ancient libraries of Babylon and Alexandria, ancient Greece, early China and Renaissance England to some of the greatest contemporary institutions: the Royal Society of London, the Newberry Library, the Smithsonian, and many others. Through the ages, humanity has created, destroyed, rescued, neglected, discovered, stolen, and cherished libraries, and no other institution so perfectly mirrors the human condition in any period of history. The story of libraries and of the changing form and function of the book from era to era, whether clay tablets, parchment sheets, papyrus scrolls, paper, or the digital formats of our present time. At the heart of the story of libraries and books is the story of the reader, who also has changed during the centuries.

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User Review  - kaylaraeintheway - LibraryThing

This book was pretty interesting. Murray provides a snapshot of each historical period and place, discussing the beginning of the written word, books, and the first libraries, finally ending with the ... Read full review

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User Review  - WaxPoetic - LibraryThing

It took me twice through the photo credits of this volume before I realized what it is: it is the tangible form of information about libraries that is available on the internet. I do not mean to ... Read full review

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Stuart A. P. Murray nbsp;has been an author and editor for almost thirty years, specializing in American history.nbsp;The author of thirty-four books, including the award-winning America's Song: The Story of "Yankee Doodle," and books on the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Vietnam War. He lives in Petersburgh, NY.

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