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Reading Matters

Five Centuries of Discovering Books

Reading Matters( )
Author: Willes, Margaret
ISBN:978-0-300-12729-4
Publication Date:Nov 2008
Publisher:Yale University Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $40.00
Book Description:

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...
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