The Library

The Library

A Catalogue of Wonders

Book - 2018
Rate this:
"If you think you know what a library is, this marvellously idiosyncratic book will make you think again." -- The Sydney Morning Herald

Libraries are much more than mere collections of volumes. The best are magical, fabled places whose fame has become part of the cultural wealth they are designed to preserve. Some still exist today; some are lost, like those of Herculaneum and Alexandria; some have been sold or dispersed; and some never existed, such as those libraries imagined by J.R.R. Tolkien, Umberto Eco, and Jorge Luis Borges, among others.

Ancient libraries, grand baroque libraries, scientific libraries, memorial libraries, personal libraries, clandestine libraries: Stuart Kells tells the stories of their creators, their prizes, their secrets, and their fate. To research this book, Kells traveled around the world with his young family like modern-day "Library Tourists." Kells discovered that all the world's libraries are connected in beautiful and complex ways, that in the history of libraries, fascinating patterns arecreated and repeated over centuries. More important, he learned that stories about libraries are stories about people, containing every possible human drama.

The Library is a fascinating and engaging exploration of libraries as places of beauty and wonder. It's a celebration of books as objects, a celebration of the anthropology and physicality of books and bookish space, and an account of the human side of these hallowed spaces by a leading and passionate bibliophile.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2018.
Edition: First Counterpoint hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781640090200
1640090207
Branch Call Number: 027.009
Z721 .K45 2018
Characteristics: xvi, 269 pages ; 24 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

l
levick58
May 14, 2018

Liked this book. Short chapters but lots of information on libraries from old to modern. Plus some other facts about overeager book collectors, vandals, and scoundrels who plagued the book world.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SLPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top