The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

Jacques Bosser Guillaume de Laubier James H. Billington Laurel Hirsch


The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

  • Title: The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World
  • Author: Jacques Bosser Guillaume de Laubier James H. Billington Laurel Hirsch
  • ISBN: 9780810946347
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover



Housing the world s collective knowledge, within which reside the milestones of human intellectual achievement, libraries are perhaps the richest of all cultural institutions Often architectural treasures in themselves, they were constructed in styles that befitted the riches they stored, from Neoclassical temples to Baroque palaces to Jeffersonian athaeneums Both publi Housing the world s collective knowledge, within which reside the milestones of human intellectual achievement, libraries are perhaps the richest of all cultural institutions Often architectural treasures in themselves, they were constructed in styles that befitted the riches they stored, from Neoclassical temples to Baroque palaces to Jeffersonian athaeneums Both public in purpose and intensely private in feel, they have served the noble role of preserving and disseminating that key cultural artifact of mankind the book and in doing so, their role has been central to the nourishment and development of the world s great civilizations To this day the great libraries of the world remain extraordinary environments for scholarship and enlightenment Here, for the first time, architectural photographer Guillaume de Laubier takes the reader on a privileged tour of twenty three of the world s most historic libraries, representing twelve countries and ranging from the great national monuments to scholarly, religious, and private libraries the baroque splendor of the Institut de France in Paris the Renaissance treasure trove of the Riccardiana Library in Florence the majestic Royal Monastery in El Escorial, Spain the hallowed halls of Oxford s Bodleian Library and the New York Public Library, a Beaux Arts masterpiece Also included are the smaller abbey and monastic libraries often overlooked on tourist itineraries each containing its own equally important collections of religious and philosophical writings, manuscripts, and church history Through color photography one can marvel at the grandeur of the great public libraries while relishing the rare glimpses inside scholars only private archives The accompanying text by journalist and translator Jacques Bosser traces the history of libraries from the Renaissance to the present day, vividly describing how they came to serve the famous men of letters of centuries past and the general public of the ni


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Sometimes I curl up in the foetal position and dream of places like these.Other times, I sob quietly while rocking back & forth.

Well, this was a library themed Christmas. I got this book, the Dewey the library cat book, and the Nancy Pearl librarian action figure. All very much appreciated and fun for me.This book is absolutely beautiful. Of course, I'm a library nerd who can't wait to work in any library, but I was practically drooling over all the gorgeous, color, full page photographs. The written descriptions of the libraries were lovely as well. I think the niche for this book is probably fairly small, but if you lo [...]

The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World (2003)This book is about the art and architecture of magnificent edifices, together with the storehouse of human knowledge and culture contained within. It’s a tour of twenty three of the world’s most historic libraries, representing twelve countries. Lest you think this is all a bunch of dull reading about these 23 libraries, I estimated about 174 pages of beautiful color photographs that accompany about 54 pages of text. A true coffee table book th [...]

Eine wunderschöne Zusammenstellung von Bibliotheken auf der ganzen Welt. Mit tollen Fotos und interessantem Hintergrundwissen.

This was one of the most beautiful books I think I've ever read. It's sad that many of these libraries, the public isn't even allowed to go inside!

When I die, I don't want to go to heaven. I want to haunt the Library of Congress.

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.

These are truly gorgeous libraries and this is a beautiful coffee table type book although the history given for each of the featured libraries is really interesting. I’ve been to the New York Public Library; it’s the only one of the featured libraries that I’ve seen in person. For many years I’ve wanted to see and spend significant time in the Library of Congress and now, after seeing the photos, I’m practically desperate to see it. But, what makes a library for me is not the architec [...]

This photographic celebration of lavish and historically important libraries is a pleasure to page through and imagine oneself lingering amidst the books, ornate staircases, and countless sculptures. Ranging from medieval monasteries through royal and national collections to some Victorian age showplaces, the book includes several fold-outs of particular rooms striking for their beauty or at least their ornateness. Each library is introduced with brief historical notes on the people or instituti [...]

Note "Beautiful" in the title. Most of these didn't draw me in the why I'd expected. Much elaborate decor from olden times and nowhere to read. The story of the "Little Green Castle"(The Herzogin Anna Amalia Library) in Weimar was an exception, and also one of the only structures in the first 100 pages that wasn't an exhibit in floor to ceiling marble. (Goethe fascinates and this a piece of that story.)Despite all the exotics present(or perhaps because), my favorite is the New York Public. It lo [...]

Breathtaking photography of beautiful libraries! Includes libraries in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, England, Ireland, The Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, United States and Russia. Among those included from the United States are Boston's Antenaeum, The Library of Congress and The New York Public Library. I enjoyed the brief history on each one toolearning tidbits such as The Vatican Library is one of the "rare important institutions that "hides" its books" and "until 1613, consu [...]

I am looking forward to reading this book as I enjoy traveling. I currently have "My List" of places that I want to visit, and I would like to add interesting and historical libraries to "My List"! For example, my sister lives in New York City, so she and I visited the New York Public Library to see the original Winnie the Pooh and also one of the first editions of The Gutenberg Bible. Libraries have many facets of interest to offer patrons: architecture, historical interest, and artifacts. I be [...]

A nice book about libraries around the world. Okay, Europe is overrepresented in it but that shouldn't keep anyone from buying/reading the book. I personally liked the articles about the New York Public Library and this famous Boston library ( can't remember the name right now ) the most. Has probably to do with the fact that I know both libraries and that I spent a lot of time there. All libraries are well described and each article gives you a lot of facts about the history of the library. Wel [...]

4 1/2 Stars. I accidentally stumbled upon this book in the library one day and am very grateful that I did. As soon as I opened this book, I was overcome with awe by the splendor and magnificence of these libraries. The bookcases, the cupolas, the embellishments, and even the books themselves were all exquisite and stunning. Even the descriptions were quite dazzling, drawing me in especially with their in depth descriptions of the libraries. This is by far the most beautiful book I have ever rea [...]

The title of this book is literally true, & it was a privilege to be reminded of the three Libraries in this book I've been in, as well as pick out a couple that I want to visit. These Libraries are, to their cities, "what cathedrals were to the cities of the Middle Ages" & this book allows a glimpse into them. Highly recommended for those people sophisticated enough to appreciate the vast importance of these incredible institutions.

More marble and figureheads and respectability than my taste. But Father Guido Sarducci test passed for this one crazy library in Manchester. I also love how I loved it from the pictures, but the story panned out in all these ways I didn't expect. Prim widows, low church bull-headedness, and more! Finished the book now and the libraries that escape the stuffy, marble overload: the above mentioned Rylands, El Escorial, and Mafra in Portugal.

Superb book. "A picture is worth a thousand words" is how I would describe this book. The photography is not only beautiful but looking at the details of the art, sculpture and furniture inside these libraries is breathtaking. Three of the libraries named in this book are in the U.S. (Boston, DC & NYC)

Bosser/deLaubier aren't lying with the title - and the descriptions and histories of the libraries just add to the attraction of this lovely book. The reproductions are excellent although I would have loved to see some of the things described in the text but not pictured.

Got this for Christmas from my boy and I absolutely love it! The descriptions are very detailed and the stories they tell are very interesting and fun. The images are out of the world. Hopefully one day I'll be able to visit some, if not all, of the places in the book.

A survey of some of the most amazing libraries still operating in the world. I saw this at the Kimble Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX and just had to pick it up. The book is drop-dead awe-inspiring. Supreme bibliopr0n of the highest order.

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 allLibrary of Congress, New York Public Library and Boston Athenaeum.

This is a beautiful book. I especially love the NY Public Library section, because I have been there. It's amazing to think, all that beauty is right there in the middle of all that hustle and bustle! Now if only I could see the rest.

What an outstanding collection of jaw dropping photos!Its been my dream to visit these libraries.Drool over the book of Kells and other Illuminated texts.I love calligraphy.Library copy": The book I read curiously had the middle photo layout printed upside down?

Truly magnificent examples of splendor and intimidating collections in these beautifully photographed world-renown libraries.

Kate and Sara--I think you would like to page through this one.

beautiful!!! And what made it even more of a wonder to read, was watching my grandson's face when he saw the pictures.

I just looked at the pictures, and it's beautiful. But, the book is Euro-biased, with some north America thrown in.

Loved it. Like they say, "Every library has its own history". This book is about libraries around the world. It's amazinge pictures are just beautiful. I hope I have a library in my home.

Looked at the pictures! Really, they are beautiful!

Unbelievable pictures!


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