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This beautiful and vast volume is a fitting tribute to the libraries of the Mediterranean and Western Europe from 3000 BC to AD 1600. Divided into two books, the first presents the motives that prompted people to collect and then establish and maintain buildings specifically designed to house texts. Staikos also traces the influence of intellectual trends and historical events on the development of libraries and the factors that affected the architecture and internal fittings of libraries. The chapters include discussions of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Cicero, Hadrian, Cosimo de'Medici, Johannes Cuno amongst many others and encompasses Mesopotamia, Egypt, Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Empire, Early Christian libraries, Byzantium and the Renaissance. The huge range of themes and comparisons includes: popular reading, the arrangement of libraries, catalogues, scribes, public and private collections, the book trade, education, Byzantine humanism, Carolingian and Anglo-Saxon scholarshp, the first universities and the impact of the printing press. The Great Library of Alexandria, Pergamon and the collections of the Roman emperors are amongst the ancient libraries discussed. The second book presents fourteen specific monastic and humanist libraries and their creators, including the Library of the Monastery of St John of Patmos, the Vatican Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The first book is richly illustrated with black and white illustrations of texts, writers, readers and building reconstructions. The second book contains beautiful large colour photographs of the fourteen libraries along with their most stunning manuscripts.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek
At first glance, this book, copublished with the British Library, appears very similar to Anthony Hobson's Great Libraries (Putnam, 1970. o.p.), but only the second half is comparable to the earlier work. Book 1 is an encyclopedic narrative history of libraries from approximately 3000 BCE to 1600 CE. Except for two short chapters on library development in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, this section is nearly equally divided between the libraries of the Greek East and the Latin West. Book 2 contains individual chapters on 14 European libraries founded before 1600. Ten of the libraries, including the Vatican Library, France's Biblioth que Nationale, and Oxford University's Bodleian Library, are also covered in Hobson. Staikos also includes additional Eastern European libraries such as the Oecumenical Patriarchate Library in Constantinople, the Strahov Abbey Library in Prague, and Hungary's defunct Corvinian Library but, unlike Hobson, excludes all non-European libraries. Author Staikos (The Charta of Greek Printing) has worked on the interior design of two of the historic Greek libraries featured here, and he displays impressive scholarship in this lavishingly illustrated (in both black-and-white and color) tome. For large libraries collecting on library science and European history and civilization.DThomas F. O'Connor, Manhattan Coll. Libs., Bronx, NY
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Book Description Oak Knoll Press, New Castle / The British Library, London, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. 600 pages. Hardcover. New book. BOOKS ON BOOKS. This monumebntal work chronicles the developent of the library from 3000 B.C. to 1600 A.D. Beginning with clay-tablet libraries of the ancient Sumerian and Assyro-Babylonia empires, to those inspired by the Italian Renaissance, Mr. Staikos reveals the majesty of Western literature within these great depositories of human knowledge. Chapter by chapter the stories of the fabled libraries of Alexandria, Greece, and Rome unfold like an unbroken chain, connecting the wisdom of the ancients to the magnificent libraries of the European Renaissance. (Key Words: Libraries, Konstantinos Sp. Staikos, Books on Books, Clay Tablets, Sumer, Assyria, Babylonia, Italian Renaissance, Rome, Alexandria, Greece). book. Seller Inventory # 34957X7
Book Description British Library, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111584560185
Book Description British Library, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1584560185