The Most Beautiful Libraries of the World

By: De Laubier, Guillaume, photographer; Jacques Bosser, text; James H. Billington, foreword

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Hardcover with dust jacket, white cloth with black spine titles, 29.3 by 29.1 cm, 47 [1] pp., heavily illus. in color. The hardcover is near fine with only minor bumping at the spine ends; the jacket is very good with light edge wear. From the publisher: “All of the libraries in the world—whether small or large, public or private—serve the same purpose: to preserve, cherish, or show off the riches of human knowledge. Now, for the first time, an internationally renowned photographer takes the reader on a journey to more than 20 of the most historic of these magical places, all architectural treasures. From the dramatic, baroque Library of the Institut de France in Paris, to the splendid Vatican Library in Rome; from the majestic Royal Library in El Escorial, Spain, to the famed New York Public Library, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece—here are some of the most exquisite libraries of the Western world. Included are national, scholarly, and religious libraries from 12 countries, which have in common a distinguished heritage and an architectural setting that emphasizes art and culture. The accompanying text traces the history of libraries to the present day, and describes how they came to serve famous personalities and men of letters. Libraries must be counted among civilization's crowning achievements; this elegant book is a fitting tribute to that accomplishment.”

Title: The Most Beautiful Libraries of the World

Author Name: De Laubier, Guillaume, photographer; Jacques Bosser, text; James H. Billington, foreword

Categories: Books on Books, Photography,

Edition: first US edition

Publisher: New York, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.: 2003

ISBN Number: 0810946343

ISBN Number 13: 9780810946347

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 3387