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The Love of Books (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Richard de Bury
     
 

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Since its appearance in the middle of the fourteenth century, The Love of Books: The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury has been a beloved guide to a life with books. Written by a bishop and royal counselor who amassed a vast personal library, the book is at once an ode to the joys of book collecting and a solemn benediction on the spiritual value of learning.

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Since its appearance in the middle of the fourteenth century, The Love of Books: The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury has been a beloved guide to a life with books. Written by a bishop and royal counselor who amassed a vast personal library, the book is at once an ode to the joys of book collecting and a solemn benediction on the spiritual value of learning. Books have undergone remarkable changes since the illuminated manuscripts Richard de Bury collected and read with loving care, but the medieval bishop’s passion and commitment to the world of letters remains a model for bibliophiles to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760780749
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
10/12/2006
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
340,163
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Richard de Bury was born in 1287. He took his name from his birthplace of Bury St. Edmunds, the seat of a famous abbey containing one of the greatest libraries of the High Middle Ages. He completed his education at Oxford. Although his mature years were spent in administrative and courtly duties, his writing makes clear his wish to be thought of as a scholar, and there is evidence that he took a kind of sabbatical from official life to return to his studies.

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