The Library: An Illustrated History

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Skyhorse, Jul 9, 2009 - History - 328 pages
Throughout the history of the world, libraries have been constructed, burned, discovered, raided, and cherished—and the treasures they've housed have evolved from early stone tablets to the mass-produced, bound paper books of our present day. The Library invites you to enter the libraries of ancient Greece, early China, Renaissance England, and modern-day America, and speaks to the book lover in all of us. Incorporating beautiful illustrations, insightful quotations, and many marvelous mysteries of libraries—their books, patrons, and keepers—this book is certain to provide you with a wealth of knowledge and enjoyment.

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New Foreword to the 2019 Edition
The Ancient Libraries
European Libraries of the Middle Ages
Asia and Islam
Europes High Middle Ages 5 Renaissance to Reformation
Bibliotheque Nationale de France
The Library Movement
Organizing Knowledge
Libraries Librarians and Media Centers
Libraries of the World
Austrian National Library
Royal Library of Belgium
Boston Public Library
German National Library

People of the Book
War and a Golden
British Library
The Library in Colonial North America
The Library in the Young United States
Jewish National and University Library Israel
Herzog August Bibliothek Germany
Cambridge University Library England
Smithsonian Institution Libraries United States

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About the author (2009)

Stuart A. P. Murray is the author of more than forty books. He is a former journalist as well as a book editor. He was the founding editor of Bantam’s Stagecoach series of Westerns, writing under the pseudonym Hank Mitchum. Murray is a principal in Lily Book Productions, a book publisher and packager in Red Hook, New York. He lives in Petersburgh, New York.

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