The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World:
Measurements: 11½" x 11¼"
Care: Wipe with a dry cloth
Published: October 1, 2003
Official book description:
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 Institute 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.
Founded in 1949, Abrams has the distinction of being the first publishing house in the United States to specialize in art and illustrated books. Today the New York-based company maintains seven imprints and counts writer Susan Orlean, photographer Richard Avedon, and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister among its stable of authors. Abrams catalogs list beautifully designed volumes that contain everything from cooking, architecture, decoration, sports and entertainment, pop culture, and children’s comics.