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The Library Book

The Library Book (Hardback)

By Schiff, Thomas R.
By Manguel, Alberto

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In pre Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library. Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to... the cultural life of the nation. Thomas R. Schiff s photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring legendary architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei. The Library Book beautifully captures the shifting architectural styles and missions of the library in sweeping 360-degree panoramas from the very earliest American libraries to the modernist masterpieces of Louis I. Kahn and others. In his introductory essay, acclaimed author and library lover Alberto Manguel considers the story of the library in America, its evolving architecture and cultural role, and how the American model reflects the archetypal idea of the universal library. Including brief descriptions of each unique library, this book brings bibliophiles into one hundred libraries across the nation.
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ISBN 9781597113748
Released NZ 8 May 2017
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Format Hardback
34 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781597113748
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Imprint Aperture
Released 8 May 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Schiff, Thomas R.
By Manguel, Alberto
Category Public Buildings: Civic, Commercial, Industrial, Etc
Library, Archive & Information Management
Cultural Studies
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 279mm
Height: 360mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 027.073
Weight 2,660g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Public libraries - History - United States, Library buildings - United States
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade