This wide ranging account is the first single volume to tell the story of libraries around the world, from the beginnings of writing to the present day.
Book collections have always served to symbolize their owners’ culture and learning and the word ‘library’ has come to mean not only the books themselves, but also the buildings that house them. Each age and culture has moulded them to reflect its own priorities and preoccupations – mirroring the history of civilization itself.
James Campbell and photographer Will Pryce have travelled the globe documenting some eighty libraries. As J. Mordaunt Crook writes in his review in the Times Literary Supplement "Campbell guides us deftly through the centuries".
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