Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books

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It is easy to forget in our own day of cheap paperbacks and mega-bookstores that, until very recently, books were luxury items. Those who could not afford to buy had to borrow, share, obtain secondhand, inherit, or listen to others reading. This book examines how people acquired and read books from the sixteenth century to the present, focusing on the personal relationships between readers and the volumes they owned. Margaret Willes considers a selection of private and public libraries across the period most of which have ...

Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books 2010, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300164046

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Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books 2008, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300127294

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