The History of the Library in Western Civilization: From Minos to Cleopatra.

STAIKOS, Konstantinos Sp.

Published by Oak Knoll Press,, (New Castle):, 2004
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Title: The History of the Library in Western ...

Publisher: Oak Knoll Press,, (New Castle):

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: cloth in dust jacket.

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quarto, 374pp. In five well researched chapters the author explains how it was that small archival libraries evolved into the monumental libraries of the Hellenistic period: the first chapter describes the Bronze Age scripts of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations and the methods of making and storing writing tablets; chapter two chronicles the development of public libraries from the time of Polycrates and Pisistratus in the sixth century B.C. and the formation of the first libraries in the Athenian philosophy schools; the third and fourth chapters give a full account of the circumstances that led to the foundation of great cultural centers with monumental libraries by the Ptolemies and the other dynasties that succeeded Alexander the Great in Asia Minor and the Near East; the final chapter describes the storage methods used in the first private libraries and the architecture, interior layout, furniture and fittings of archival libraries towards the end of the second century B.C. Extensively illustrated. A handsome production. Very fine. Bookseller Inventory # 12721

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