Author Bio: Guillaume de Laubier is one of France's foremost photographers of interior design. He has undertaken projects all over the world for magazines such as Elle Décoration, Architectural Digest, and Madame Figaro. Jacques Bosser, journalist and translator, has written for Architectural Digest and Connaissance des Arts as well as contributing to Le Dictionnaire international des arts appliqués et du design and Le Dictionnaire international du bijou. James H. Billington has been the Librarian of Congress for more than 15 years.
|Product dimensions:||11.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
Table of Contents
|Vienna, Austria - National Library of Austria||12|
|Admont, Austria - The Benedictine Abbey Library of Admont||22|
|Ulm, Germany - The Monastic Library at Wiblingen||32|
|Metten, Germany - The Benedictine Abbey Library of Metten||42|
|Weimar, Germany - The Herzogin Anna Amalia Library||52|
|Rome, Italy - The Vatican Library||60|
|Florence, Italy - Riccardiana Library||74|
|Paris, France - The Mazarine Library||82|
|Paris, France - The Institute Library||90|
|Paris, France - The Senate Library||98|
|Chantilly, France - The Cabinet Des Livres of the Duc D'Aumale||110|
|Saint Gall, Switzerland - The Abbey Library of Saint Gall||122|
|Oxford, England - Bodleian Library||136|
|Cambridge, England - Wren Library, Trinity College||146|
|Manchester, England - The John Rylands Library||156|
|Dublin, Ireland - Trinity College Library||168|
|Prague, The Czech Republic - The National Library||176|
|San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain - The Library of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial||188|
|Mafra, Portugal - The National Palace Library in Mafra||198|
|Boston, United States of America - Boston Athenaeum||206|
|Washington, DC, United States of America - The Library of Congress||216|
|New York, United States of America - The New York Public Library||226|
|Saint Petersburg, Russia - The National Library of Russia||236|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Full of big color photos that make you feel like you're standing in the room. Some of them are centerfolds!This heavy book also has lots of history of the libraries featured, such as owners and how they began, dates of the buildings and restorations, etc. But it's all about the photos here, which is book porn at it's finest.I first saw this book on a visit to Manhattan where it was at the gift shop of the Fifth Ave. branch, which is glorious and of course, one of the libraries in the book.
Amazing coffeetable book that will not leave my coffeetable. I've not been to many of these libraries because most are European, but of the three US ones, I've been to them all...Library of Congress, New York Public Library and Boston Athenaeum.
This coffee table book should amaze book lovers and give a physical reaction to library lovers. The pictures--and the paper of the pages--are very high quality technically. The book includes a number of foldouts where the picture spans three page size spaces. And the libraries are amazing. I have looked at this book over and over, and for a long time took up valuable 'real estate' on my desk having this book open to one or other libraries. Some of the pictures are jaw-dropping and make one feel like they were setting their feet in the room right then...or traveling back in time one or two hundred years to hear chairs scraping or footfalls.The drawback to the book includes a) the libraries are all in the Western world (Russia is perhaps the only exception), which is perhaps not an issue except that the title is the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World. I have to imagine there are South American (all the beautiful wood in the continent can't have avoided going to bookshelves); Asian and other geographic libraries outside of Europe and the US; b) the libraries seem chosen for a mix of reasons, and one of which seems to be the statuary and art in the library itself. While the pictures are breathtaking, some library denizens might be interested in these factors playing less of a role; and c) the elegant text seems to meander into some 'interesting facts' about each library but most of the comments are historical or art-historical, without the interesting information about collection sizes, who uses the library today, what role does it play in the culture, etc.
Being a coffee-table book illustrating a good selection of libraries, mostly European, with emphasis on interior photographs of the books and decoration. As such, it is a good book. I would like to have seen more contemporary libraries; too many people don't realize that they can be very beautiful as well. The worst omission, though, is the near-absence of exterior views; surely with so much supererogation going on indoors, a couple of more architectural pictures would have been worth the space and broadened the audience for this nice book.
This was an interesting read that shows different libraries. The pictures were especially good. It makes you want to see those libraries mentioned in the book. If you're looking for book related books, then this is for you.