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Memory of the World: The treasures that record our history from 1700 BC to the present day [Paperback]

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25 Oct 2012

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, priceless documentary heritage records the diversity of languages, peoples and knowledge that has influenced humanity from the early days of human history to the present. This heritage documents important events, discoveries or inventions that have transformed the world.

The UNESCO Memory of the World programme was created to preserve these recorded treasures of humanity and mobilize resources so that future generations can enjoy this legacy which is preserved in the major libraries, archives and museums across the globe.

This book is a full listing of all entries on the official UNESCO Memory of the World international register:
• Unique list of documentary heritage from around the world
• Photographs and descriptions for 244 precious documents
• All entries identified by the UNESCO International Advisory Committee and endorsed by the Director-General

Entries include:
• 42-line Gutenberg Bible, printed on vellum
• Archives of the International Prisoners of War Agency, 1914-1923
• Bayeux Tapestry
• Magna Carta, issued in 1215
• Philippine Paleographs (Hanunoo, Buid, Tagbanua and Pala’wan)
• The Endeavour Journal of James Cook
• The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming 1939)
• Russian posters of the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries
• The Battle of the Somme documentary
• The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007482795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007482795
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The vision of the Memory of the World Programme is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Delivered promptly and on time 5 Jan 2014
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The book arrived promptly and on time. It is a list of the many documents listed as important by UNESCO and describes them.

It states the reason for the list is because many documents were destroyed because of a library fire during the Bosnian War and the need to ensure that precious documents are preserved. I have only had a quick look at it so far, but cannot help but think that the listing is only the first step to preserving the artifacts described.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea 25 Dec 2013
By SimonD
Great read and very interesting idea from UNESCO. It could have been improved with more insight into how the selection and review UNESCO process works.
I did find it rather odd that under the US entry there was no mention of the declaration of independence nor the constitution. Probably some anti UN politics at work here one suspects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 7 Sep 2013
By D. H. Bucklin - Published on
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This is a wonderful book. I first found it in my physician's office and then bought it from you. Goethe has always been a favorite of mine, since I took a college course in German, taught by a delightful old German professor who loved Goethe. This book has a good section on Goethe. And pictures of ancient libraries that I would like to have in my home. Even if I have to lock the books to the shelves. I browse in this book all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Book to historians, archivists and world travellers to know documentary heritage assets located in different countries 19 Oct 2014
By Dr Anup K Das - Published on
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"Memory of the World: The Treasures That Record Our History from 1700 BC to the Present Day", written by UNESCO experts, is a mesmerizing account of 245 entries of documentary heritage assets inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register from several countries and from every continent. This book depicts the beauty and diversity of these intangible cultural heritage (ICH) assets as reflected in over 250 specially selected photographs. This book is very helpful to world travellers and historians to know about documentary heritage and ICH assets located in the countries they are planning to visit and also in their own country. This book was released in the international conference on The Memory of the World in the Digital age: Digitization and Preservation (26 to 28 September 2012, Vancouver, Canada).
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