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The Resource A splendor of letters : the permanence of books in an impermanent world, Nicholas A. Basbanes

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

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A splendor of letters : the permanence of books in an impermanent world
Title
A splendor of letters
Title remainder
the permanence of books in an impermanent world
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas A. Basbanes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Basbanes, Nicholas A.
Dewey number
302.2/244/09
Index
index present
LC call number
Z4
LC item number
.B397 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Books
  • Written communication
  • Cultural property
  • Library materials
  • Library materials
  • Archival materials
  • Archival materials
  • Digital preservation
  • Censorship
Label
A splendor of letters : the permanence of books in an impermanent world, Nicholas A. Basbanes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-421) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Marbles and Names -- 2. Editio Princeps -- 3. The Ozymandias Factor -- 4. Ex Libris Punicis -- 5. From the Ashes -- 6. Shelf Life -- 7. Ingenious Cipher -- 8. Into Thin Air -- 9. Make Haste Slowly -- 10. Music of the Spheres -- Proper Passage: A Coda
Control code
51978037
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 444 pages
Isbn
9780060082871
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2003047821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
A splendor of letters : the permanence of books in an impermanent world, Nicholas A. Basbanes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-421) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Marbles and Names -- 2. Editio Princeps -- 3. The Ozymandias Factor -- 4. Ex Libris Punicis -- 5. From the Ashes -- 6. Shelf Life -- 7. Ingenious Cipher -- 8. Into Thin Air -- 9. Make Haste Slowly -- 10. Music of the Spheres -- Proper Passage: A Coda
Control code
51978037
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 444 pages
Isbn
9780060082871
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2003047821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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