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Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

By: Baker, Nicholson

Price: $5.00

Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS: 5/24/2014

Seller ID: 0375726217

ISBN: 0375726217

Condition: USED


The ostensible purpose of a library is to preserve the printed word. But for fifty years our country's libraries-including the Library of Congress-have been doing just the opposite, destroying hundreds of thousands of historic newspapers and replacing them with microfilm copies that are difficult to read, lack all the color and quality of the original paper and illustrations, and deteriorate with age. With meticulous detective work and Baker's well-known explanatory power, Double Fold reveals a secret history of microfilm lobbyists, former CIA agents, and warehouses where priceless archive... View more info

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Among the Gently Mad: Strategies and Perspectives for the Book Hunter in the 21s

By: Basbanes, Nicholas A

Price: $7.00

Publisher: 1/17/2017

Seller ID: 9780805074413

ISBN: 0805074414

Condition: USED


From the author of "A Gentle Madness, " the book that delighted bibliophiles everywhere, comes a twenty-first-century guide to book collecting that deals with both the traditional methods of acquisition and the electronic tools now available on the Internet. Sharing the superb insight he has gathered from booksellers over the years, Nicholas A. Basbanes offers a refresher course on the fundamentals that endure, while questioning certain practices of doubtful validity. Topics include how to determine if a book is a first edition, how to spot book club editions, the significance of dust jack... View more info

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Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World

By: Basbanes, Nicholas A.

Price: $5.00

Publisher: HARPER COLLINS:

Seller ID: 9780060593230

ISBN: 0060593237

Condition: USED


Inspired by a landmark exhibition mounted by the British Museum in 1963 to celebrate five eventful centuries of the printed word, Nicholas A. Basbanes offers a lively consideration of writings that have "made things happen" in the world, works that have both nudged the course of history and fired the imagination of countless influential people.In his fifth work to examine a specific aspect of book culture, Basbanes also asks what we can know about such figures as John Milton, Edward Gibbon, John Locke, Isaac Newton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Adams, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln... View more info

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Patience and Fortitude: Wherein a Colorful Cast of Determined Book Collectors, D

By: Basbanes, Nicholas A.

Price: $6.00

Publisher: HARPER COLLINS:

Seller ID: 9780060514464

ISBN: 0060514469

Condition: USED


In his national bestseller, A Gentle Madness, Nicholas Basbanes explored the sweet obsession people feel to possess books. Now, Basbanes continues his adventures among the "gently mad" on an irresistible journey to the great libraries of the past -- from Alexandria to Glastonbury -- and to contemporary collections at the Vatican, Wolfenbuttel, and erudite universities. Along the way, he drops in on eccentric book dealers and regales us with stories about unforgettable collectors, such as the gentleman who bought a rare book in 1939 "by selling bottles of his own blood."Taking the book's ... View more info

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Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World

By: Basbanes, Nicholas A.

Price: $6.00

Publisher: PERENNIAL:

Seller ID: 9780060580803

ISBN: 0060580801

Condition: USED


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." In this beautifully packaged edition, Basbanes brings to a close his wonderful trilogy on the remarkable world of books and bibliophiles. View more info

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Library: An Unquiet History

By: Battles, Matthew

Price: $7.00

Seller ID: 9780393020298

ISBN: 0393020290

Condition: USED


On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge.Matthew Battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the british Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age. He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to... View more info

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Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People who Read Them

By: Batuman, Elif

Price: $6.00

Publisher: FARRAR STRAUS & GIROUX: 11/13/2013

Seller ID: 9780374532185

ISBN: 0374532184

Condition: USED


One of "The Economist"'s 2011 Books of the Year THE TRUE BUT UNLIKELY STORIES OF LIVES DEVOTED--ABSURDLY MELANCHOLICALLY BEAUTIFULLY --TO THE RUSSIAN CLASSICSNo one who read Elif Batuman's first article (in the journal "n+1") will ever forget it. "Babel in California" told the true story of various human destinies intersecting at Stanford University during a conference about the enigmatic writer Isaac Babel. Over the course of several pages, Batuman managed to misplace Babel's last living relatives at the San Francisco airport, uncover Babel's secret influence on the making of "King Kong... View more info

500 Great Books by Women

By: Bauermeister, Erica

Price: $5.00

Publisher: 10/23/2009

Seller ID: 9780140175905

ISBN: 0140175903

Condition: USED


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How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read

By: Bayard, Pierre

Price: $6.50

Publisher: BLOOMSBURY: 3/23/2011

Seller ID: 9781596914698

ISBN: 1596914696

Condition: USED


The runaway French bestseller hailed by the "New York Times" as "a survivor's guide to life in the chattering classes." If civilized people are expected to have read all important works of literature, and thousands more books are published every year, what are we supposed to do in those awkward social situations in which we're forced to talk about books we haven't read? In this delightfully witty, provocative book, a huge hit in France that has drawn attention from critics around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that it's actually more important to know a ... View more info

Books and Printing

By: Bennet, Paul

Price: $5.00

Seller ID: 52612

ISBN: 52612

Condition: USED


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Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You

By: Berthoud, Ella

Price: $7.50

Publisher: PENGUIN PR:

Seller ID: 9781594205163

ISBN: 1594205167

Condition: USED


"Publisher's Weekly" "Delightful... elegant prose and discussions that span the history of 2,000 years of literature." A novel is a story transmitted from the novelist to the reader. It offers distraction, entertainment, and an opportunity to unwind or focus. But it can also be something more powerful--a way to learn about how to live. Read at the right moment in your life, a novel can--quite literally--change it. "The Novel Cure "is a reminder of that power. To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote... View more info

Vol. 2 Start Here Read Your Way Into Amazing Authors

By: Book Riot

Price: $4.00

Seller ID: 9781619277342

ISBN: 1619277344

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History of Longmans and Their Books 1724-1990: Longevity in Publishing

By: Briggs, Asa

Price: $7.50

Seller ID: 9781584562344

ISBN: 158456234X

Condition: USED


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Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics

By: Campbell, W. John

Price: $8.00

Seller ID: 9780760748213

ISBN: 0760748217

Condition: USED


This useful guide is the key to unlocking the secrets of 100 of the world's most enduring novels, plays, and epic poems. More than simply a collection of tasty plot summaries, The Book of Great Books is a treasure chest of information. Provided with each entry are a thumbnail historical background, the story's main themes and symbols, insights into the language and style of the work, critical perspectives, and a remarkable character diagram that clarifies the relationships among the characters. High comedy, foul murder, political intrigue, and the world's greatest love stories -- the pantheon ... View more info

Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books

By: Carey, John

Price: $6.50

Seller ID: 9780571310920

ISBN: 0571310923

Condition: USED


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Donald G. Drapkin Library

By: Christies

Price: $5.00

Seller ID: 08976

ISBN: 08976

Condition: USED


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Bookbinding, and the care of books;: A text-book for bookbinders and librarians

By: Cockerell, Douglas

Price: $7.50

Seller ID: 0273403656

ISBN: 0273403656

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Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books

By: Collins, Paul

Price: $6.00

Publisher: 8/15/2011

Seller ID: 9781582342849

ISBN: 1582342849

Condition: USED


A bibliophile's pilgrimage to where book lovers go when they die-Hay-on-Wye. Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside-to move, in fact, to the little cobblestone village of Hay-on-Wye, the 'Town of Books' that boasts fifteen hundress inhabitants-and forty bookstores. Antiquarian bookstores, no less. Hay's newest citizens accordingly take up residence in a sixteenth-century apartment over a bookstore, meeting the village's large population of misfits and bibliomaniacs by working for world-class eccentric Richard Booth-the self-dec... View more info

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Leave me Alone I'm Reading. Finding and Losing Myself In Books

By: Corrigan, Maureen

Price: $5.00

Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS: 8/29/2011

Seller ID: 9780375709036

ISBN: 0375709037

Condition: USED


"It's not that I don't like people," writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to "Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading." "It's just that there always comes a moment when I'm in the company of others--even my nearest and dearest--when I'd rather be reading a book." In this delightful memoir, Corrigan reveals which books and authors have shaped her own life--from classic works of English literature to hard-boiled detective novels, and everything in between. And in her explorations of the heroes and heroines throughout literary history, Corrigan's love for a good story shines. View more info

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Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible

By: Denby, David

Price: $5.00

Publisher: TOUCHSTONE PRESS: 6/14/2012

Seller ID: 9780684835334

ISBN: 0684835339

Condition: USED


THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER At the age of forty-eight, writer and film critic David Denby returned to Columbia University and re-enrolled in two core courses in Western civilization to confront the literary and philosophical masterpieces -- the "great books" -- that are now at the heart of the culture wars. In "Great Books, " he leads us on a glorious tour, a rediscovery and celebration of such authors as Homer and Boccaccio, Locke and Nietzsche. Conrad and Woolf. The resulting personal odyssey is an engaging blend of self-discovery, cultural commentary, reporting, criticism, and autobiograph... View more info