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The History Of The Library In Western Civilization - The Complete Set. Six Volumes.

Staikos, Konstantinos.

Published by Oak Knoll Press
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2,718 pages. 6 Hardcover volumes with dustjackets. New books. LIBRARIES. This is the Trade Hardcover Edition, six-volume series addressing the unique role libraries have played in building and preserving Western culture. All included volumes are: Vol 1 - FROM MINOS TO CLEOPATRA Vol 2 - THE ROMAN WORLD - FROM CICERO TO HADRIAN Vol 3 - THE BYZANTINE WORLD - FROM CONSTANTINE THE GREAT TO CARDINAL BESSARION Vol 4 - THE MEDIEVAL WORLD IN THE WEST - FROM CASSIODORUS TO FURNIVAL Vol 5 - THE RENAISSANCE - FROM PETRARCH TO MICHELANGELO Vol 6 - EPILOGUE AND GENERAL INDEX Mr. Staikos has become one of our foremost scholars on library history, writing such books as this, as well as works like "The Great Libraries," a classic in its field. Vol 1 - The first volume reveals the rich history of the early archive libraries from Crete to the famous library of the Ptolemies in Alexandria. Through well-researched text and many full-color illustrations, the author guides his readers over 1800 years of mankind's struggle to preserve his knowledge by the written word. Vol 2 - The second volume continues Staikos' brilliant history of the library from the early days of the Roman Republic to the "Golden Age" of Imperial Rome and the Emperor Hadrian. Extensively researched and beautifully illustrated with many rare photographs and drawings. Printed in Athens with careful attention to detail. Vol 3 - The third volume of The History of the Library spans a period of more than a thousand years and covers an area stretching from Alexandria and Trebizond to Calabria and Sicily in the south of Italy. The author explores the end of the ancient world and the closure and destruction of its monumental libraries, and describes the formation of the great monastic libraries, such as St. Catherine's on Mount Sinai, the Monastery of Studius in Constantinople, the group of monasteries on Mount Athos and the famous library in the Monastery of St. John on Patmos. Finally, he examines all the known palace, public, university and private libraries in the whole of the Byzantine Empire, and discusses the book trade as well. Among the libraries included in this third volume are those formed in the states that emerged after the fall of Constantinople to the Crusaders in 1204, such as the Empires of Nicaea and Trebizond, the Despotate of Epirus and the Kingdom of Thessalonica. In addition, special attention is given to the book collections of monasteries in the Kingdom of Cyprus and the libraries in the Despotate of the Morea, one of the last Greek bastions to hold out against the Turkish conquest, where the famous Neoplatonist philosopher Plethon taught. Altogether there are nine chapters in this volume and the text is enlivened with more than two hundred color and black-and-white illustrations covering a wide variety of subjects, such as illuminated manuscripts, engravings, maps, drawings, archaeological sites and imaginary and real library interiors. The ninth chapter deals with the architectural characteristics of Byzantine libraries from the end of Late Antiquity to the monastic libraries of the eleventh century onwards. Vol 4 - The fourth volume discusses the publishing procedure for secular and religious writings of late antiquity and the factors that led to the impoverishment of the monumental libraries in Rome. New centers of learning grew up in the monasteries, where great libraries containing educational and instructive books and representative works of Christian literature came into being. Monastic libraries were founded throughout Europe, including the regions with Celtic and Anglo-Saxon populations: those at Monte Cassino, Bobbio, St. Gallen, Fulda, Cluny and elsewhere are dealt with extensively. Mention is also made of the libraries founded in universities and of the new philosophy of forming school libraries, as in Bologna and Paris. Eight chapters unfold the events that influenced the tradition of libraries in the West beginning when Christianity. Bookseller Inventory # 86757X1

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