By the Author
Famed across the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built up over centuries, destroyed in a single day, ornamented with gold leaf and frescoes, or filled with bean bags and children’s drawings—the history of the library is rich, varied, and stuffed full of incident. In The Library, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen introduce us to the antiquarians and philanthropists who shaped the world’s great collections, trace the rise and fall of literary tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanors committed in pursuit of rare manuscripts.
Virtual, and Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
In a conversation moderated by historian Jane Kamensky, Pettegree and der Weduwen discuss the fragile history of libraries, and the complex legacy of collecting.