Abbey's Bookshop Logo
Go to my checkout basket
Login to Abbey's Bookshop
Register with Abbey's Bookshop
Gift Vouchers
Browse by Category

Google Book Preview
A Library Miscellany
— —
Claire Cock-Starkey
A Library Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey at Abbey's Bookshop,

A Library Miscellany

Claire Cock-Starkey


Bodleian Library

Library & information sciences;
Trivia & quiz question books;
Gift books


144 pages

In stock
Ready to ship
order qty:  
Add this item to my basket

What can be found in the Vatican's Secret Archive? How many books did Charles Darwin's library aboard the Beagle hold? Which library is home to a colony of bats?

Bursting with potted histories, quirky facts and enlightening lists, this book explores every aspect of the library, celebrating not only these remarkable institutions but also the individuals behind their awe-inspiring collections.

From the ancient library at Alexandria to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, A Library Miscellany explores institutions both old and new, from the university library to that of the humble village. It opens the door to unusual collections such as herbaria, art libraries, magic libraries and even the library of smells, and charts the difficulties of cataloguing books deemed to be subversive, heretical, libellous or obscene.

Packed with unusual facts and statistics, this is the perfect volume for library enthusiasts, bibliophiles and readers everywhere.

By:   Claire Cock-Starkey
Imprint:   Bodleian Library
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 170mm,  Width: 110mm, 
ISBN:   9781851244720
ISBN 10:   1851244727
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   February 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Claire Cock-Starkey is a writer and editor based in Cambridge. She was the series editor for all six editions of Schott's Miscellany.

'The only thing more fun than reading this book would have been compiling it. It's a total delight.' * Daily News * 'There is so much detail and information packed into this little book. it may be diminutive in size but it holds a wealth of information. ... I thoroughly enjoyed it.' * blog * This lovely little volume, A Library Miscellany , explores all sorts of library trivia about libraries all over the world, past, present, future ... Every page holds engagingly written facts and anecdotes interesting, curious, or even startling, and you'll find yourself absorbed in disovery as you wander from one entry to another. It is like browsing a little mini-library in itself.' * Manhattan Book Review *

My Shopping Basket
Your cart does not contain any items.