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Purcell, Mark (Librarian), author.
The country house library / Mark Purcell.
New Haven : Published for the National Trust by Yale University Press, 2017.
Physical Description:
352 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Reference Library
NK2117.L46 P87 2017 (LC) Oversize
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-339) and index.
Beginning with new evidence that cites the presence of books in Roman villas and concluding with present day vicissitudes of collecting, this generously illustrated book presents a complete survey of British and Irish country house libraries. Replete with engaging anecdotes about owners and librarians, the book features fascinating information on acquisition bordering on obsession, the process of designing library architecture, and the care (and neglect) of collections. The author also disputes the notion that these libraries were merely for show, arguing that many of them were profoundly scholarly, assembled with meticulous care, and frequently used for intellectual pursuits. For those who love books and the libraries in which they are collected and stored, The Country House Library is an essential volume to own.
Subject Terms:
Books and reading -- Great Britain.
Books and reading.
Country homes -- Great Britain.
Country homes.
Great Britain.
Libraries -- Great Britain.