The Library: An Illustrated History

The Library An Illustrated History Traces the elaborate history of the library from its beginnings in the ancient libraries of Babylon and Alexandria to some of the greatest contemporary institutions the Royal Society of London the Ne

  • Title: The Library: An Illustrated History
  • Author: Stuart A.P. Murray Nicholas A. Basbanes Donald G. Davis Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780838909911
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Library: An Illustrated History

    Traces the elaborate history of the library from its beginnings in the ancient libraries of Babylon and Alexandria to some of the greatest contemporary institutions the Royal Society of London, the Newberry Library, the Smithsonian, and many others.

    • ↠ The Library: An Illustrated History || ↠ PDF Download by À Stuart A.P. Murray Nicholas A. Basbanes Donald G. Davis Jr.
      370 Stuart A.P. Murray Nicholas A. Basbanes Donald G. Davis Jr.
    • thumbnail Title: ↠ The Library: An Illustrated History || ↠ PDF Download by À Stuart A.P. Murray Nicholas A. Basbanes Donald G. Davis Jr.
      Posted by:Stuart A.P. Murray Nicholas A. Basbanes Donald G. Davis Jr.
      Published :2018-011-08T09:31:09+00:00

    One thought on “The Library: An Illustrated History

    1. Najibah Bakar

      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, [...]

    2. Orsolya

      For a true bibliophile, heaven on earth is either a library or bookstore (despite the modern technology of e-readers). Regardless of this love; most do not consider the history of libraries from conception to today. Stuart A.P. Murray addresses precisely this subject in, “The Library: An Illustrated History”. Murray begins “The Library” by tracking the creation of libraries from ancient times throughout the centuries and explains the growth across the world and its regions. Early on, the [...]

    3. Aaron

      It probably isn't surprising that I am interested in library history. In fact, this isn't the first one I have read, but it is one of the best.The book starts in ancient times, focusing at the early libraries found in Mesopotamia and Sumer before moving on into Egypt and other well-known cultures. What is interesting is the book doesn't just focus on the library, but highlights developments in the creation of paper, the printing process, literacy rates, and the educational environments in variou [...]

    4. Barb Middleton

      Of the 123,000 libraries in the U.S almost 100,000 are in public schools. Libraries have been around since ancient civilizations, but in the U.S. libraries have been supported and increased as a result of peaceful times, philanthropists, democratic ideals and more. The rise of the middle class in America meant demands for education and knowledge and libraries were interwoven into existing democratic ideals. It was believed that freedom of thought and the ability to think for oneself was necessar [...]

    5. JoAnn/QuAppelle

      For a book and library lover like myself, this book is the ultimate! Murray has complied wonderful information and illustrations into one volume that is a real treasure trove. I loved the vignettes about unknown people, obscure events, and objects related to libraries (Sister Juana of Mexico; chained books; when and where the first papermaking mills were; all of the steps a scribe had to take prior to starting to write a document; and so much more). These little tidbits of information were so in [...]

    6. Simon

      I've always considered the library like a second home. It is everything I want and everything I need in my life, I swear. Except there is no food in a library, there are books about food, lots of books, butt really any one can consume to retain their life.I got this book from my library and read it on a whim just because I was curious to see the history of the place I love so much.It was a dry read but mostly because my heart wasn't in it as it is in the real deal. I feel like living an experien [...]

    7. Shane

      If you already have an existing interesting in the history of libraries, then you'll find this book worth reading, otherwise you won't.There were lots of good little tidbits and facts that were enlightening, and I especially enjoyed the sections of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance libraries; I personally lost a little interest when the chronicle moved on to more modern libraries.The side-pictures and illustrations were nice, although this book definitely had the feel of one where multiple auth [...]

    8. CassidyCharles

      Yes, I read a library book about libraries.Let me just say, The Library: An Illustrated History, by Stuart A.P Murray, is not as illustrated as you might think. The illustrated portion was, more or less, an afterthought from the author. I can only guess that one would need to put a spin on a book about libraries to get the book to sell.Alexandria, Egypt is an addition to my “Places to go” list because of this book. How could I forget the city of the first library? Well, I am not sure, but al [...]

    9. Megan

      I enjoyed reading about the history of libraries. It had nice pictures and good information. Some interesting things I liked reading about were how the books were so valuable they were chained to the shelves and stolen as war prizes, and how books were lost time after time because paper burns.Since I am not an expert on ancient history, I would have appreciated some maps of the areas being discussed. I could have also used a timeline of library events as the book jumped back and forth between ge [...]

    10. Jen

      I had to do a presentation in class on this book. Otherwise I wouldn't have known this book existed.This is a great book. I loved it. It's full of pictures of libraries around the world and artifacts found from ancient libraries.It's a comprehensive look at the history of libraries and books and how books changed throughout the millennia. You will learn a lot of interesting facts reading this book.It's a must-read for all library lovers and book lovers. It's a very fast read, as well.

    11. Joy

      A very interesting history of the library for the non-scholar (like me). Illustrated with photos and drawings throughout. The book includes an index and a list of sources, as well as some suggestions for further reading. This is one of those books you might not want to read cover to cover, but that's all right - you can dip into it anywhere and find some fascinating reading as well as some really gorgeous pictures of books and the places where they live.

    12. Megan

      A lovely book with lots of beautiful pictures and good information. However, there are also numerous little nitpick-type errors that detract from the good points. You'd be better off reading Library: An Unquiet History for more accurate, more detailed, and more interesting information, and just checking this one out for the pretty pictures.

    13. Ian Colby

      Needed more pictures and less prose. The content of each chapter isn't quite organized enough or even on topic. Also, it seems like I have to fact check some of their assertions about certain stories. Pictures of libraries were cool.

    14. S. J.

      *1.8 Stars*Scorecard: (Out of 10)* Quality of Writing - 2* Pace - 2* Plot development - 1* Characters - NA* Enjoyability - 1* Insightfulness - 1* Ease of Reading - 1* Photos/Illustrations - 10Final Score = 18/80; 23%Never, NEVER have I suffered through a book as hard as I did this one. This book'it crushed my dreams, it crushed them so hard.'*The Gush*Not to say it was all bad. I did learn things from each of the chapters. For more details on what stood out to me in each one, check out my update [...]

    15. Doug Adamson

      I debated between giving three stars and four. The book contains a lot of interesting and (I hope) useful information about libraries and books. Lots of pictures and illustrations--to be expected as it is an illustrated history. I found the writing quality inconsistent. Some chapters were very interesting, some gave too little information, and some more than I wanted. I realize that this is a subjective judgment and that others might disagree. Overall, I enjoyed the book but I would suggest that [...]

    16. Vani

      I didn't finish this book! There! I've said it!The Library: An Illustrated History is a bit like Schrodinger's cat to me. It is both interesting and not interesting at the same time. Try as I might, I couldn't keep reading because it didn't hold my interest, although the facts presented are interesting. So I read other books from my local library (borrowed The Library via Overdrive), stalling and hoping to eventually return to it and be able to pick up where I left off. #NotPossibleTo be fair, I [...]

    17. Ambrose Miles

      A great wonderful book about places I love. I once had a dream of visiting my father in heaven (not God, but family member, i.e. Head of household). I found him in a library. I asked what this place was. He told me it was heaven. Well here on earth, for me, a library is almost heaven (and so are book stores)

    18. Tom

      This interesting, comprehensive history of libraries across time is notable because of the breadth of coverage. It includes libraries not just from Europe and North America but of all regions of the world, especially Asian countries.The gorgeous full-color illustrations only add to the pleasure of perusing this book.One thing which makes the book a chore to read, however, is the lousy job of editing. In many cases what may be the outcome of having three authors leads to repetition, contradiction [...]

    19. Crystal

      This is one of those books that I could only read a chapter, sometimes two, at a time. It was really interesting, with lots of GORGEOUS pictures of libraries, but it’s still a history and sometimes boring. It was very in-depth, though, starting with “The Ancient Libraries” and moving through the middle ages, to the Renaissance, to the early modern period, to the 21st century. Murray talked about all the books lost to religions, primarily Christianity, suppressing other religions’ ideas a [...]

    20. Damon

      This is a beautiful and informative book about the history of books, translations and the building and organization of libraries, dating from the ancient pre-egyptian societies around the mediteranian sea all the way to the present. If you are a book lover and Bibliophile then this is a book you'll love. The author covers the histories of various collections such as Aristotle's personal library of scrolls, the library of Constinople, the Vatican, the Library of Congress, and many other famous co [...]

    21. Melissa

      This was so much more than the history of the library: it was a history of the world: of language, of the printed word, of books; of wars where libraries' materials were stolen and of wars where libraries were burned; of religions near and far and their censorships over the years; of librarians. An excellent read for any booklover, or librarian.There was one chapter that a) seemed to just repeat things that had already been covered in teh book and b) purpose didn't match the chapter title. But I [...]

    22. Christie

      Libraries, or collections of recorded knowledge, are the collective memory of the human race.Beginning with the development of writing, Stuart Murray takes readers on a journey from the development of the first books and libraries to the high-tech world of modern day libraries. Including all different types of libraries from all over the world, this book gives a great overview of the history of books, libraries, and librarians.As a librarian, much of what was in this book I was already familiar [...]

    23. Colin

      This was somewhat interesting in that I liked the numerous pictures and it provided a very simple, accessible overview. I did learn some things. However, at times it was repetitive, and had a sharply Eurocentric and "benevolently colonial" framework. It summed up the destruction of Mayan codices and Incan quipu in a sentence, for instance, while spending chapters on the European continent and ancient Greece. What it really made me want was a better book, with a historical overview that explored [...]

    24. Andres

      Beautifully illustrated book about the historical development of libraries. In twelve chapters the author manages to explore the evolution of the medium being written on (tablet to scroll to codex to book), how this affected how they were stored, the development of their worth to individuals and society, and how the public and academic libraries we're familiar with today came about from largely private collections (belonging either to individuals or churches).The book covers all regions of the w [...]

    25. Kayla

      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 libraries in the United States and the beginnings of the digital age of libraries. Murray also provides a list of some of the best and most important libraries in the world, which is pretty cool.I picked up this book because I've always been interested in libraries and books, and I am thinking of ge [...]

    26. Julia Stephenson

      This book was interesting but not as interesting as I thought. The majority of the book covered statistics, and information about different libraries. I thought the book was just going to conver the history of libraries which it did. The Book was a bit repetitive as well. The Book mentions that the libraries were set on fire, but it repeats this fact over and over again. Another weakness shown in this book was that some of the material was unrelated to the history of libraries. The Book was also [...]

    27. Caity

      This was an interesting book with lots of beautiful photographs. The history is a great overview of most things that is a bit more specific about the history of libraries in the United States and England. The book does contain history from all over the globe though so it isn't specifically looking at Western history. The last chapter of the book highlights specific libraries sharing a bit of their history, the size of their collection, and other facts. Overall it is a quick and interesting read. [...]

    28. Nate

      This book is fantastic, introducing history of book collections and libraries, with a section dedicated to some magnificent and unique libraries around the world. This book was a little too North America centered, but that was okay because the other parts of the world were covered in other sections. I can't believe the cool library section did not mention the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale. Love how the history of the major libraries around the world were given. Funnily enough, my library sy [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *