Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity

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J. Raven
Springer, Jan 31, 2004 - History - 294 pages
This pioneering volume of essays explores the destruction of great libraries since ancient times and examines the intellectual, political and cultural consequences of loss. Fourteen original contributions, introduced by a major re-evaluative history of lost libraries, offer the first ever comparative discussion of the greatest catastrophes in book history from Mesopotamia and Alexandria to the dispersal of monastic and monarchical book collections, the Nazi destruction of Jewish libraries, and the recent horrifying pillage and burning of books in Tibet, Bosnia and Iraq.
 

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Covers a wide range of examples of "lost" or dispersed libraries in more than the usual depth. The account of the Library of Alexandria, for example, recounts not merely the myth of its complete ... Read full review

Contents

The Resonances of Loss
1
2 Lost Libraries of Ancient Mesopotamia
41
3 Aristotles Peripatetic Library
58
Shifting Representations of Regiomontanuss Library
75
5 The Corvina Library and the Lost Royal Hungarian Archive
91
The Dispersals of the Library of Humfrey Duke of Gloucester
106
The BreakUp of English Libraries in the Sixteenth Century
125
8 Secularization and Monastic Libraries in Austria
145
10 Revolutionary Seizures and their Consequences for French Library History
181
The Dispersal and Disappearance of the Diocesan Libraries of the Church of Ireland
197
12 The Lost Jewish Libraries of Vilna and the Frankfurt Institut zur Erforschung der Judenfrage
219
13 Chinas Roosevelt Library
236
14 Chinas Destruction of the Libraries of Tibet
247
15 Burn the Books
261
Index
275
Copyright

9 Lost Royal Libraries and Hanoverian Court Culture
163

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JEREMY BLACK Lecturer in Akkadian, University of Oxford, Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and Director of the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature FRIEDRICH BUCHMAYR Archivist, Monastery of Sankt Florian, Austria MARGARET CONNOLLY Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, University College, Cork, Ireland T. KEITH DIX Associate Professor of Classics, University of Georgia at Athens, USA ROBERT J. FYNE Professor of English at Kean University, New Jersey, and Senior Editor of Film and History REBECCA J. KNUTH Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii RICHARD L. KREMER Associate Professor of History, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA CLARISSA CAMPBELL ORR Senior Lecturer in History, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK MARTYN RADY Reader in Central European History, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, and General Editor of The Slavonic and East European Review NIGEL RAMSAY Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, University College London, UK DAVID RUNDLE James P.R. Lyell Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies and Palaeography, University of Oxford, and Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, UK SEM C. SUTTER Assistant Director for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Chicago Library, USA DOMINIQUE VARRY Maître e Conférences Habilité à Diriger des Recherche, École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques (ENSSIB), Lyon, France RUI (RAY) WANG Government Documents Librarian, Humboldt State University, California, USA YULIN YANG Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Northwest University, Xi'an, People's Republic of China

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