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AbstractBuilds on earlier work, by David Kaser, on circulating libraries in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A brief introduction to the history of circulating libraries in America is followed by a study of such libraries in the specific context of Brooklyn (New York) and its...
AbstractGiuseppe Arcimboldo's The librarian (ca. 1566), an illusionary painting of a man made out of books, has traditionally been interpreted as an amusing caricature of the Hapsburg court historiographer Wolfgang Lazius. However, given the formal similarities between 'The librarian' and the...
AbstractThe libraries described and discussed in this article were formed, during the first half of the twentieth century, by readers of Russian in China, and in particular by the Russian-speaking community in Harbin, the centre of Russian settlement and emigration in Manchuria (presently...
AbstractExamines the history of the proprietary Bradford Library and Literary Society over two centuries following its establishment in 1774 as a major cultural institution for the town's prosperous middle classes. Describes and discusses the institution's locations, its membership, finances,...
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