As an institution, the library has survived the fall of empires and the follies of man and nature. This incredibly rich history covering the birth and growth of these housed treasures of knowledge has influenced societies throughout the world.
Don Heinrich Tolzmann has taken the classic, German-language work The History of Libraries by Alfred Hessel (published 1925 and translated by Reuben Peiss in 1950) and expanded it with additional text to cover the important past 50 years of library development.
Tolzmann also completely rewrote the first chapter due to the discovery of many clay tablet libraries in the ancient Middle East, thus expanding our library history knowledge back 5,000 years.
Bibliophiles, librarians and students of history will find The Memory of Mankind is a
well-researched and important review of one of man's most ancient institutions.