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Books as a Way of Life.
Author: Ray, Gordon N.
Reference #: 1765
Status: For Sale
List Price: $90.00
New York: The Grolier Club & The Pierpont Morgan Library, 1988. First Thus. Octavo. Cloth. Fine / Near Fine. pp. [xxiii] + 432; frontis port.and Index; Edited by G. Thomas Tanselle.
Ray was a professor of English at the University of Illinois, president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and a bibliophile and collector. "His two great Morgan Library catalogues, on English and French book illustrations, are monuments both to his collecting and to his scholarship, which were inseparable aspects of his life. Over the years, he wrote a number of essays and addresses on book collecting, the book trade, libraries, and the role of books in life. . . . The volume begins with four essays about his own collection, which constitute a kind of autobiography. They are followed by his two celebrated surveys, dating from 1965 and 1974, of the state of the rare-book world (with a further brief account from 1982). Four essays analyzing and demonstrating the role of book collecting in scholarship come next, and then three addresses about the development and significance of research libraries. A concluding group of three essays deals with the importance of books and reading to individual self-understanding, and thus with the place of the humanities in society."
This volume was printed in an edition of only 750 copies by the Meriden-Stinehour Press, and was supported by the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation. A lovely copy of a work of enduring value, and the product of an enduring love of books.
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