The Library

A World History
Thames & Hudson Ltd (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 30. Juli 2020
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 328 Seiten
978-0-500-02352-5 (ISBN)
Ambitious and wide-ranging, this is the first single volume to tell the story of the library as a distinct building type, all around the world and from the beginnings of writing to the present day. In its highest form the library is a total work of art, combining painting, sculpture, furniture and architecture. From their designs for the libraries of ancient Rome to those of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, architects have sought to outdo each other by producing ever more spectacular settings.

The author and photographer have travelled the globe, documenting some eighty libraries. Architectural historian James Campbell contributes an authoritative and highly readable account. Will Pryce is one of the world's leading photographers of interiors and architecture. Arresting and technically flawless, his photographs are both lucid and deeply atmospheric.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
292 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Höhe: 293 mm
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  • Breite: 228 mm
978-0-500-02352-5 (9780500023525)

Dr James Campbell, an architect and art historian, is Seear Fellow in Architecture and History of Art at Queen's College, Cambridge. His books include The Library: A World History and Brick: A World History, both published by Thames & Hudson. Will Pryce, a trained architect and award-winning photographer, is the author of six books, all published by Thames & Hudson.
Preface; Introduction * 1. Lost Beginnings - Libraries in the Ancient World * 2. Cloisters, Codices and Chests - Libraries in the Middle Ages* 3. Cupboards, Chains and Stalls - Libraries in the Sixteenth Century * 4. Walls, Domes and Alcoves - Libraries in the Seventeenth Century * 5. Angels, Frescoes and Secret Doors - Libraries in the Eighteenth Century * 6. Iron Stacks, Gas Lights and Card Catalogues - Libraries in the Nineteenth Century * 7. Electricity, Concrete and Steel - Libraries in the Twentieth Century * 8. The Future of Libraries in the Electronic Age
'A fascinating read for anyone who appreciates books and the beautiful buildings they're housed in' - Elle Decoration 'A lavish tribute to the architecture of libraries, the culture of learning and our ever-changing relationship with the written word from ancient to medieval modern ... this great book is itself a rich library' - Saga Magazine 'Glorious' - Sunday Telegraph

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