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Author Basbanes, Nicholas A., 1943-

Title A splendor of letters : the permanence of books in an impermanent world / Nicholas A. Basbanes.

Imprint New York : HarperCollins, 2003.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  302.224409 B29s, 2003    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st ed.
Description xviii, 444 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 407-421) and index.
Summary In A Splendor of Letters, Nicholas A. Basbanes continues the lively, richly anecdotal exploration of book people, places, and culture he began in 1995 with A Gentle Madness (a finalist that year for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and expanded in 2001 with Patience & Fortitude, a companion work that prompted the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer David McCullough to proclaim him "the leading authority of books about books." Basbanes now offers a consideration of the many pressing issues that surround the role of books in contemporary society, such as the willful destruction of books and libraries in Sarajevo, Tibet, and Cambodia, and the spirited efforts to restore them. The matter of "discards" at various libraries takes on an entirely new dimension as well, with fully researched stories about the kind of attitudes that may lead to the loss of last copies of important works. In vivid detail, Basbanes examines the many materials that have been used over the centuries to record information -- among them clay tablets, papyrus scrolls, slabs of stone, palm leaves, animal skins, and hammered sheets of gold and copper. Also discussed are the various debates that continue to rage about preservation, which may mean saving and storing books on paper indefinitely, or as electronic data, which are by nature ephemeral. In this beautifully packaged edition, Nicholas Basbanes brings to a close his wonderful trilogy on the remarkable world of books and bibliophiles.
Subject Books -- History.
Written communication -- History.
Cultural property -- Protection.
Library materials -- Conservation and restoration.
Library materials -- Reproduction.
Archival materials -- Conservation and restoration.
Archival materials -- Reproduction.
Digital preservation.
ISBN 0060082879 (acid-free paper)
9780060082871 (acid-free paper)
Standard No. NLGGC 248831038
YDXCP 1969312
NZ1 7622953
AU@ 000024546196

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