New Haven: Yale Univ Press, 2001,
First Edition. octavo, cloth in dust jacket. 192pp. Yale Univ Press, Item #11027
Casson recounts the development of ancient library buildings, systems, holdings, and patrons, addressing questions on a wide variety of topics, such as: What was the connection between the rise in education and literacy and the growth of libraries? Who contributed to the early development of public libraries, especially the great library at Alexandria? What did ancient libraries include in their holdings? How did ancient libraries acquire books? What was the nature of publishing in the Greek and Roman world? How did different types of users (royalty, scholars, religious figures) and different kinds of "books" (tablets, scrolls, codices) affect library arrangements? How did Christianity transform the nature of library holdings? With 30 illustrations. Very fine.