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The Care of Books   By: (1833-1910)

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In "The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark, readers are guided through a comprehensive exploration of the various aspects involved in preserving and maintaining the condition of books. Published in the late 19th century, this book remains relevant and valuable to both book enthusiasts and professionals in the field of library sciences.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is the author's evident passion for the subject matter. Clark approaches the care of books with a sense of reverence and respect, emphasizing the importance of preserving knowledge and cultural heritage contained within these literary treasures. He presents readers with a wealth of practical advice on handling, storing, and repairing books, all while fostering an appreciation for these objects as invaluable sources of information and beauty.

The organization of the book is thoughtful and systematic, which helps make it an invaluable reference for those interested in learning how to protect and conserve their personal book collections. Clark takes readers on a journey through various topics, such as the history of bookbinding, the different types of book clasps and covers, as well as methods for cleaning and repairing damaged books. Each chapter builds upon the previous one, providing a comprehensive overview of book care practices.

Furthermore, throughout the book, Clark demonstrates a deep understanding of the historical context surrounding the preservation of books. He discusses the evolution of bookbinding techniques and the materials used, shedding light on the craftsmanship and artistic merits of book design. By contextualizing the care of books within its historical framework, the author successfully creates a richer reading experience.

It is worth mentioning that some aspects of the book may feel outdated to contemporary readers. Clark's recommendations on certain preservation materials, such as paste or glues, have been superseded by modern conservation methods. However, one can view these sections as windows into the past, gaining insight into the techniques and practices that were prevalent during the age when the book was written.

In conclusion, "The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark is a timeless resource for individuals interested in the care and preservation of books. Clark's passionate approach, combined with his extensive knowledge of bookbinding techniques and historical context, make this book a valuable guide for both book lovers and professionals in the field. Despite its age, the book continues to inspire and educate, as it reminds readers of the importance of safeguarding books as cultural artifacts.

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THE CARE OF BOOKS

London: C. J. CLAY AND SONS, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS WAREHOUSE, AVE MARIA LANE, Glasgow: 50, WELLINGTON STREET.

[Illustration]

Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS. New York: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY. Bombay: E. SEYMOUR HALE.

[ All Rights reserved. ]

THE CARE OF BOOKS

An Essay on the Development of Libraries and their Fittings, from the earliest times to the end of the Eighteenth Century

By

JOHN WILLIS CLARK, M.A., F.S.A.

Registrary of the University and formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE at the University Press 1901

Cambridge:

PRINTED BY J. AND C. F. CLAY, AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

FRANCISCO AIDANO GASQUET MONACHO BENEDICTINO D.D. MAGISTRO DISCIPULUS

PREFACE.

When engaged in editing and completing The Architectural History of the University and Colleges of Cambridge , I devoted much time and attention to the essay called The Library . The subject was entirely new; and the more I looked into it, the more convinced did I become that it would well repay fuller investigation than was then possible. For instance, I felt certain that the Customs affecting monastic libraries would, if one could only discover them, throw considerable light on collegiate statutes relating to the same subject... Continue reading book >>




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