'We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.'
– TS Eliot
Books reflect our desire to know the world – to see it, to classify it and to make sense of it. As well as documenting the past, books have always recorded the new. From scientific discoveries to journeys to new lands, books enable novel ideas and information to be shared around the globe.
Before the age of jet travel and mass media, books played a crucial role in sharing information. Although books now share this space with television and the internet, they have not been superseded by them: the age of the book continues.
Brian Hubber 'Annotation: Audubon's Birds of America in the State Library', LaTrobe Journal, No 62, Spring 1998.
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