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The library : a world history

Author: James W P Campbell; Will Pryce
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Architectural historian James W.P. Campbell and photographer Will Pryce traveled the globe together, visiting and documenting over eighty libraries that exemplify the many different approaches to thinking about and designing libraries. The result of their travels, The library : a world history is one of the first books to tell the story of library architecture around the world and through time in a single volume,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James W P Campbell; Will Pryce
ISBN: 9780226092812 022609281X
OCLC Number: 891916589
Notes: "Reprinted 2013 with eight additional pages, comprising seven new images and three new sections"--Title page verso.
"Published by an arrangement with Thames & Hudson Ltd., London"--Title page verso.
"Bibliographical Essay"--Pages 321-323.
Description: 328 pages : colour illustrations ; 32 cm
Contents: Lost beginnings : libraries in the ancient world --
Cloisters, codices and chests : libraries in the Middle Ages --
Cupboards, chains and stalls : libraries in the sixteenth century --
Walls, domes and alcoves : libraries in the 17th century --
Angels, frescoes and secret doors : libraries in the 18th century --
Iron stacks, gaslights and card catalogues : libraries in the 19th century --
Electricity, concrete and steel : libraries in the 20th century --
The future of libraries in the electronic age.
Responsibility: James W.P. Campbell ; photographs by Will Pryce.

Abstract:

"Architectural historian James W.P. Campbell and photographer Will Pryce traveled the globe together, visiting and documenting over eighty libraries that exemplify the many different approaches to thinking about and designing libraries. The result of their travels, The library : a world history is one of the first books to tell the story of library architecture around the world and through time in a single volume, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern China and from the beginnings of writing to the present day. As these beautiful and striking photos reveal, each age and culture has reinvented the library, molding it to reflect their priorities and preoccupations--and in turn mirroring the history of civilization itself. Campbell's ... text recounts the history of these libraries, while Pryce's ... photographs vividly capture each building's structure and atmosphere"--Jacket, page [2].

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