A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain by James Hamilton (Atlantic Books, 416 pages, November 1)
A Strange Business explores the complex and fascinating connections between culture and business in 19th century Britain. Hamilton considers the roles played by writers, painters, patrons, financiers, collectors, industrialists, and many more to understand the "working lives of some of the most celebrated artists."
Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity by George W. Houston (The University of North Carolina Press, 352, November 17)
If you get all tingly inside when someone mentions the legendary Alexandria library, then this book's for you. Houston looks beyond the facades of ancient libraries to show us how these collections were amassed, organized, and managed. This study focuses on the materiality of texts and the people that preserved them against all odds.