Would you like to become more involved in the scholarly conversations about library history? One great way to do that is by reviewing new books. Libraries: Culture, History & Society (LCHS), the peer-reviewed journal of LHRT, publishes evaluative book reviews. This page lists:
Books Available for Review–If you are interested in reviewing one of these titles, please email the LCHS Book Review Editor, Brett Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you discover a title on library history that is not listed here and you are interested in reviewing it, please email the Book Review Editor to discuss further.
Book review guidelines are listed on the last page of the LCHS Submission Guidelines for Authors. Please note that the reviews should be primarily evaluative rather than only descriptive. The journal also asks that Book reviews are not peer-reviewed; the journal editors make a decision on whether to accept a review.
When a book is assigned for review, the title will be moved to the “Books Already Assigned to a Reviewer” section below. New books are added continually, so check back soon!
Behrens-Abouseif, Doris, Garrett Davidson, George Dimitri Sawa, Tobias Andersson, Hamza Malik, Damaris Wilmers, Jelle Bruning et al. The Book in Mamluk Egypt and Syria (1250-1517). Brill, 2018. https://brill.com/view/title/39432
Booton, Diane E. Publishing Networks in France in the Early Era of Print. Routledge, 2018. https://www.routledge.com/Publishing-Networks-in-France-in-the-Early-Era-of-Print-1st-Edition/Booton/p/book/9781138712539
Borsuk, Amaranth. The Book. MIT Press, 2018. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/book
Boudalis, Georgios. The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity. Bard Graduate Center, 2018. https://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/exhibitions/80/the-codex-and-crafts-in
Brillenberg Wurth, Kiene. Book Presence in a Digital Age. Bloomsbury, 2018. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/book-presence-in-a-digital-age-9781501321207/
Burrows, Toby, and Cynthia Johnston, eds. Collecting the Past: British Collectors and their Collections from the 18th to the 20th Centuries. Routledge, 2018. https://www.routledge.com/Collecting-the-Past-British-Collectors-and-their-Collections-from-the/Burrows-Johnston/p/book/9780815382348
Carley, James P, James M W Willoughby and J I Catto. Books and Bookmen in Early Modern Britain: Essays Presented to James P. Carley. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2018. http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9780888448309-1
Chrystal, Paul. Roman Recordkeeping & Communications. Fonthill Media, 2018. https://www.fonthill.media/collections/paul-chrystal/products/roman-record-keeping-communications
Cleaver, Laura. Illuminated History Books in the Anglo-Norman World, 1066-1272. Oxford University Press, 2018. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/illuminated-history-books-in-the-anglo-norman-world-1066-1272-9780198802624?cc=us&lang=en&
Cole, Heather, ed. Houghton Library at 75: A Celebration of its Collections. Houghton Library, Harvard, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Houghton-Library-Celebration-Collections-Publications/dp/0674980085
Curran, Mark. The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe I: Selling Enlightenment. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-french-book-trade-in-enlightenment-europe-i-9781441111692/
Fehrenbach, Robert J. Private Libraries in Renaissance England: A Collection and Catalogue of Tudor and Early Stuart Book-Lists: PLRE 167-260. Vol. 8. Mrts, 2014. https://www.amazon.com/Private-Libraries-Renaissance-England-Collection/dp/0866985069
Frampton, Stephanie Ann. Empire of Letters: Writing in Roman Literature and Thought from Lucretius to Ovid. Oxford University Press, 2019. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/empire-of-letters-9780190915407?cc=us&lang=en&
Hill, Alexandra. Lost Books and Printing in London, 1557-1640: An Analysis of the Stationers’ Company Register. Brill, 2018. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40635890-lost-books-and-printing-in-london-1557-1640
Knight, Leah, Micheline White, and Elizabeth Sauer, Eds. Women’s Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain. Reading, Ownership, Circulation. The University of Michigan Press, 2018. https://www.press.umich.edu/9901165/womens_bookscapes_in_early_modern_britain
Kwakkel, Erik. The European Book in the Twelfth Century. Cambridge University Press, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/European-Twelfth-Cambridge-Medieval-Literature/dp/1107136989
Schaefer, Heike, and Alexander Starre. The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture: Medium, Object, Metaphor. Palgrave McMillan, 2019. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030225445
Stewart, Kate. A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport. Little A, 2019. https://www.amazon.com/Well-Read-Woman-Loves-Legacy-Rappaport/dp/1503904156
Story of the FAO Library: 65th Anniversary, 1952-2017. Food and Agricultural Organization, 2017. https://www.amazon.co.uk/story-FAO-Library-anniversary-1952-2017/dp/9251099421
Thomson, R. M. Fox and the Bees: The Early Library of Corpus Christi College Oxford. D.S. Brewer, 2018. https://boydellandbrewer.com/the-fox-and-the-bees-the-early-library-of-corpus-christi-college-oxford-hb.html
Van Straten, Giorgio. In Search of Lost Books: The Forgotten Stories of Eight Mythical Volumes. Pushkin Press, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Search-Lost-Books-Forgotten-Mythical/dp/1782273743
Books Already Assigned to Reviewers–Someone has volunteered to review each of the following books.
Adler, Kate, Ian Beilin, and Eamon Tewell. Reference Librarianship and Justice. Litwin Books & Library Juice Press, 2018. https://litwinbooks.com/books/reference-librarianship-justice/
Aguirre, Carlos, and Ricardo Donato Salvatore, eds. Bibliotecas y cultura letrada en América Latina: siglos XIX y XX. Fondo Editorial, 2018.
Bautz, Annika, and James Gregory, ed. Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600-1900. Routledge, 2018. https://www.routledge.com/Libraries-Books-and-Collectors-of-Texts-1600-1900-1st-Edition/Bautz-Gregory/p/book/9781138593190
Blatt, Heather. Participatory Reading in Late-Medieval England. Manchester University Press, 2018. http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526117991/
Cohn, Barbara Madgy, and Patrice Rafail Merritt. The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic. Wayne State University Press, 2017. https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/detroit-public-library
Cole, John Y. America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress. La Vergne: D Giles Limited, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Americas-Greatest-Library-Illustrated-Congress/dp/1911282131
Collins, Michael, Alexandra Black, Thomas Cussans, John Farndon, and Philip Parker. Remarkable Books: The World’s Most Beautiful and Historic Works. DK, 2017. https://www.amazon.com/Remarkable-Books-Worlds-Beautiful-Historic/dp/1465463623
Darnton, Robert. A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2018. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/a-literary-tour-de-france-9780195144512?cc=us&lang=en&
Dever, Mary Anne. Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research. Routledge, 2017. https://www.routledge.com/Archives-and-New-Modes-of-Feminist-Research/Dever/p/book/9781138337954
Eckardt, Hella. Writing and Power in the Roman World: Literacies and Material Culture. Cambridge University Press, 2018. https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4999
English, Charlie. The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures. HarperCollins, 2017.
Friedrich, Markus. The Birth of the Archive: A History of Knowledge. University of Michigan Press, 2018. https://www.press.umich.edu/9394639/birth_of_the_archive
Gilland, Julianne, ed. A Library for the Americas: The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. University of Texas Press, 2018. https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/gilland-montelongo-library-for-the-americas
Guarria, Charles I. Proposition 13: America’s Second Great Tax Revolt: A Forty Year Struggle for Library Survival. Emerald, 2019. https://www.amazon.com/Proposition-13-Americas-Struggle-Survival/dp/1787690180/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=proposition+13+america%27s+second+great+tax+revolt&qid=1564506175&s=books&sr=1-1
Gulik, Egbertus van. Erasmus and His Books. University of Toronto Press, 2018. https://www.colophonbooks.com/pages/books/27538/egbertus-van-gulik/erasmus-and-his-books-translated-by-j-c-grayson
Harrington-Lueker, Donna. Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading. University of Massachusetts Press, 2019. https://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/books-idle-hours
Hayes, Kevin J. George Washington: A Life in Books. Oxford University Press, 2017. https://www.amazon.com/George-Washington-Kevin-J-Hayes/dp/0190456671
Hamilton, James. The British Museum: Storehouse of Civilizations. Head of Zeus, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/British-Museum-Storehouse-https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030158156Civilizations/dp/1786691833
Hepler, Allison. McCarthyism in the Suburbs: Quakers, Communists, and the Children’s Librarian. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498569392/McCarthyism-in-the-Suburbs-Quakers-Communists-and-the-Children%27s-Librarian
Jumonville, Florence M. Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae M. Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries. LSU Press, 2019. https://lsupress.org/books/detail/spreading-the-gospel-of-books/
Intrator, Miriam. Books across Borders : UNESCO and the Politics of Postwar Cultural Reconstruction, 1945-1951. Palgrave McMillan, 2019. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030158156
Jarvis, Zeke. Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America. Greenwood, 2017.
Jordan, James, Lisa Leff, and Joachim Schlör, eds. Jewish Migration and the Archive. Routledge, 2017. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315676395
Kalder, Daniel. The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy. Henry, Holt & Company, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Infernal-Library-Dictators-Catastrophes-Literacy/dp/1627793429
Kells, Stuart. Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature. Counterpoint, 2019. https://www.counterpointpress.com/dd-product/shakespeares-library/
Kluberdanz, Rebecca. The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint. Getty Publications, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Reading-Illustrated-History-Books/dp/1606065866
Laugesen, Amanda. Globalizing the Library, Librarians and Development Work, 1945–1970. Routledge, 2019. https://www.routledge.com/Globalizing-the-Library-Librarians-and-Development-Work-19451970/Laugesen/p/book/9780815370031
Leff, Lisa Moses. The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust. Oxford, 2015. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-archive-thief-9780199380954?cc=us&lang=en&
Low, Bronwyn. The Right Thing to Read: A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960. Routledge, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Right-Thing-Read-Australian-Girl-Readers/dp/1138542776
Manley, Keith. Irish Reading Societies and Circulating Libraries Founded Before 1825: Useful Knowledge and… Agreeable Entertainment. Four Courts Press, 2018. http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2018/irish-reading-societies/
Mann, Annika. Reading Contagion: The Hazards of Reading in the Age of Print. University of Virginia Press, 2018. https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4999
McDade, Travis. Torn from Their Bindings: A Story of Art, Science, and the Pillaging of American University Libraries. University of Kansas Press, 2019. https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-2636-6.html
Moore, Sean D. Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814. Oxford, 2019. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/slavery-and-the-making-of-early-american-libraries-9780198836377?cc=us&lang=en&
Murphy, Andrew. Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism, 1790-1930: Bring the Nation to Book. Cambridge University Press, 2018. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ireland-reading-and-cultural-nationalism-1790-1930-andrew-murphy/1126961827
Murphy, Sharon. The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901. Springer, 2016.
Nappo, Christian A. The Librarians of Congress. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27109589-the-librarians-of-congress
Orlean, Susan. The Library Book. Simon & Schuster, 2018. http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Library-Book/Susan-Orlean/9781476740188
Rabinowitz, Dan. The Lost Library: The Legacy of Vilna’s Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust.Brandeis University Press, 2019. https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Library-Aftermath-Holocaust-Institute/dp/1512603082
Rico, Christophe, and Anca Dan. The Library of Alexandria : A Cultural Crossroads of the Ancient World : Proceedings of the Second Polis Institute Interdisciplinary Conference. Polis Institute, 2017.
Rooney, Paul Raphael. Railway Reading and Late-Victorian Literary Series. Routledge, 2018. https://www.routledge.com/Railway-Reading-and-Late-Victorian-Literary-Series-1st-Edition/Rooney/p/book/9781138285637
Rydell, Anders. The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance. Penguin, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Book-Thieves-Libraries-Literary-Inheritance/dp/0735221227
Selby, Mike. Freedom Libraries: The Untold Story of Libraries for African Americans in the South. Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. https://rowman.com/isbn/9781538115534/freedom-libraries-the-untold-story-of-libraries-for-african-americans-in-the-south
Smith, A. Arro. Capturing Our Stories: An Oral History of Librarianship in Transition. American Library Association, 2017. https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/capturing-our-stories-oral-history-librarianship-transition
Teplitsky, Joshua. Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History’s Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library. Yale, 2019. https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300234909/prince-press
Werner, Sarah. Studying Early Printed Books, 1450-1800: A Practical Guide. Wiley, 2019. https://www.amazon.com/Studying-Early-Printed-Books-1450-1800/dp/1119049970
Wiegand, Shirley A., and Wayne A. Wiegand. The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism. LSU Press, 2018. https://lsupress.org/books/detail/desegregation-of-public-libraries-in-the-jim-crow-south/
Wilson-Lee, Edward. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World’s Greatest Library. Scribner, 2019. https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Catalogue-of-Shipwrecked-Books/Edward-Wilson-Lee/9781982111397
Zalar, Jeffrey T. Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1770-1914. Cambridge, 2019. https://www.amazon.com/Rebellion-1770-1914-Publications-Historical-Institute/dp/1108472907
Books with Published Reviews in LCHS–To view LCHS published reviews, please access the journal through a JSTOR subscription. Members of the Library History Round Table receive a free subscription to LCHS with membership. To join, visit http://www.ala.org/membership/joinala.
Barndt, Kerstin & Carla M Sinopoli. Object Lessons & the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries, & Collections 1817-2017. University of Michigan Press, 2017.
Black, Alistair. Libraries of Light: British Public Library Design in the Long 1960s. Routledge, 2016.
Breisch, Kenneth A. American Libraries 1730-1950. Norton, 2017.
Burke, Colin B. America’s Information Wars: The Untold Story of Information Systems in America’s Conflicts and Politics from World War II to the Internet Age. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
Crawford, Alice, ed. The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History. Princeton University Press, 2015.
Devereaux, Peter, and The Library of Congress. The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures. Chronicle Books, 2017.
Felsenstein, Frank, and James J. Connolly. What Middletown Read: Print Culture in an American Small City. University of Massachusetts Press, 2015.
Gordon, Bruce. John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion: A Biography. Princeton University Press, 2016. c Libraries, 1754-1911. Oxford University Press, 2015.
Hendrickson, Thomas. Ancient Libraries and Renaissance Humanism: The De Bibliothecis of Justus Lipsius. Brill, 2017.
Kells, Stuart. The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders. Text Publishing, 2017.
MacDougall, Ian. Voices of Scottish Librarians: The Evolution of a Profession and its Response to Changing Times. John Donald, 2017.
Raven, James. What is the History of the Book? Polity, 2018.
Towsey, Mark, and Kyle B. Roberts. Before the Public Library: Reading, Community, and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850. Brill, 2017.
Yang, Yang. The Sage in the Cathedral of Books: The Distinguished Chinese American Library Professional Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee. Ohio University Press, 2016.