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The library : a catalogue of wonders / Stuart Kells.

Kells, Stuart, (author.).
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  • 7 of 9 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 027.009 KEL (Text) 33187004330664 Nonfiction Available -
Garrett PL - Garrett 027.009 KEL (Text) 30010170837135 Nonfiction Available -
Lebanon PL - Lebanon 027.009 KEL (Text) 34330513224692 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -
Morgan Co PL - Martinsville Main Library 027.009 KEL (Text) 78551000536050 Non-Fiction Available -
Peabody PL - Columbia City NON-FICTION 027.009 KELLS (Text) 30403002311231 Adult - Non-Fiction Checked out 01/02/2019
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 027.009 Kells (Text) 31208912567890 non-fiction Available -
Spencer Co PL - Rockport Main Library 027.009 KEL (Text) 70741000151942 Adult Fiction Available -
Whiting PL - Whiting 027.009 K294 (Text) 51735011868709 Adult department Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial 027.009 KELLS (Text) 33946003333387 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Checked out 12/26/2018

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  • ISBN: 9781640090200
  • ISBN: 1640090207
  • Physical Description: xvi, 269 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Counterpoint hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, 2018.

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Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
A library with no books: oral traditions and the songlines -- The pleasure of books -- The last days of Alexandria: ancient books and their storage -- Books in bed -- In pursuit of perfection: the rise of the codex -- Fools in love -- "A damned sewerful of men": Renaissance rediscoveries -- Mean-spirited collectors -- Free for all: the abundance of books in the printing era -- Curiosities -- "What the barbarians did not do": the Vatican Library -- Delicacies -- Secret histories: tricks and treasures in library design -- Found -- Keepers of books: the best and worst librarians in history -- Vandals -- The quintessence of debauchery: Heber, Byron, and Barry -- Writers' libraries -- Execration upon Vulcan: libraries destroyed by fire and war -- Library fauna -- The Count: book looters and thieves -- Book wheels and machines -- "The interior of a library should whisper": the Pierpont Morgan Library -- When disaster strikes -- For the glory: the Folger Shakespeare Library -- Birth -- Killing a monk: fantasy libraries -- Death -- A love letter: libraries for the future -- Afterlife.
Summary, etc.:
"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 are created and repeated over centuries. More importantly, 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." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Libraries > History.
Libraries > Special collections.
Libraries > Social aspects.
Libraries > History.
Libraries > Appreciation.
Books and reading.
HISTORY / Social History.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social.
Genre: Nonfiction.

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