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Lost Libraries : The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity - J. Raven

Lost Libraries

The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity

By: J. Raven (Editor)

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This pioneering volume of essays explores the destruction of great libraries since ancient times and examines the intellectual, political and cultural consequences of loss. Fourteen original contributions, introduced by a major re-evaluative history of lost libraries, offer the first ever comparative discussion of the greatest catastrophes in book history from Mesopotamia and Alexandria to the dispersal of monastic and monarchical book collections, the Nazi destruction of Jewish libraries, and the recent horrifying pillage and burning of books in Tibet, Bosnia and Iraq.

'This important collection of essays...goes well beyond outrage to reflect on the complex role libraries have played over several millenia.' - The Times Literary Supplement



'Any interested reader in books and libraries will find a great deal here to facinate and inform, but there is more, for it also offers the reader a great deal of scope for reflection on the meaning of the loss and destruction of libraries...The Introducion 'Resonances of Loss' ranges even wider than the chapters and does so with scholarly assurance and stimulating identification of themes and connections...each chapter of the book has much to offer and the reviewer heartily reccommends it to students of all aspects of the culture of books and libraries' - Paul Sturges, Library History

Introduction
Lost Libraries of Ancient Mesopotamia
Aristotle's 'Peripatetic' Library
Text to Trophy: Shifting Representations of Regiomontanus's Library
The Corvina and the Lost Hungarian Archive
Respect for the Dead: The Dispersals of the Library of Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester
'The Manuscripts Flew About Like Butterflies': The Break-Up of English Libraries in the Sixteenth Century
Secularization and Monastic Libraries in Austria
Lost Royal Libraries and Hanoverian Court Culture
Revolutionary Seizures and their Consequences for French Library History
A Plague of Books: The Disappearance of the Diocesan Libraries of the Church of Ireland
The Lost Jewish Libraries of Vilna and the Frankfurt Institut zur Erforschung der Judenfrage
China's Roosevelt Library
China's Destruction of the Libraries of Tibet
Burn the Books
Index
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ISBN: 9781403921192
ISBN-10: 1403921199
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 12th March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1