Mark Purcell


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It's a startling thing, but if you'd gone to almost any library in England, Wales or Scotland until 300 years ago, the books were kept backwards. Having the spine face outwards is something we now regard as normal, but in those days the cultural supposition was that books had the title printed on the edge of the pages in ink. It began in the 17th century and continued until the late 18th century, by which time only the most old-fashioned were catching
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This page is completely dedicated to what Mark Purcell has to say. All of Mark Purcell’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Mark Purcell came from an article called Are our books displayed the wrong way round? Cambridge librarian reveals the fashion used to be for spines to face the wall: “Cambridge's library changed early on, Oxford's a bit later. For wealthy households with private libraries, it was a gradual case of, Why are we still doing it like this? The neighbours have theirs the other way.”.
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