Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity

Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity


This pioneering quantity of essays explores the destruction of significant libraries considering precedent days and examines the highbrow, political and cultural outcomes of loss. Fourteen unique contributions, brought via an incredible re-evaluative heritage of misplaced libraries, supply the 1st ever comparative dialogue of the best catastrophes in ebook historical past from Mesopotamia and Alexandria to the dispersal of monastic and monarchical booklet collections, the Nazi destruction of Jewish libraries, and the new frightening pillage and burning of books in Tibet, Bosnia and Iraq.

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