The Library: An Illustrated History
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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