Order Nr. 88347 LIBRARY, AN UNQUIET HISTORY. Matthew Battles.


  • New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2003.
  • 8vo.
  • cloth, dust jacket
  • (x), 246 pages
  • ISBN: 0393020290

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Order Nr. 88347

First edition. Matthew Battles works at the Houghton Library, the rare books library at Harvard University, and is a contributor to Harper's. This book is about the preservation and destruction of libraries throughout history from the clay-tablet collection of ancient Mesopotamia to the Information Age and the internet. Battles explores now, through its many changes, the library has served two contradictory impulses: to exalt canons of literature and secure and worship the most valuable works and also to contain and control all forms of human knowledge.