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Book Title: The Library: An Illustrated History|
The author of the book: Stuart A.P. Murray
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Edition: American Library Association
Date of issue: June 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9780838909911
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 582 KB
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Printed on glossy paper with coloured images of books, libraries and their founders adorning its pages, this book is full of interesting facts about history of libraries all over the world, in diverse and different cultures.
With special focus on libraries in the USA and European countries, it opens readers' eyes to the long tradition and culture of book collecting and preservation of books as records of humanity and its achievements. Other nations such as Arab-Islam, Chinese, Mayan, and African, all have left their marks in the great history of libraries.
The struggle of the African-American to establish their own separate libraries due to racism may caught inner conscience, other than the destruction of libraries due to political or religious reasons. The enemy of books and libraries, i.e. fire, were too frequently mentioned in this book, indicating how fatal can it be to the collections if no serious considerations given to prevent the catastrophe.
Among the library founders worthy of further reading is Thomas Jefferson, who was a true book lover and one of the greatest mind of America. There are also other names of library founders and librarians interesting enough to be researched.
The glossy paper however, somehow is quite a nuisance when reading in certain types of lightings because of the glare. But the beautiful photos are really entertaining.
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