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Massimo Listri. The World's Most Beautiful Libraries

Massimo Listri. The World's Most Beautiful Libraries

Bibliophiles, rejoice! In this rapturous photographic journey, Massimo Listri travels to some of the oldest and finest libraries around the world to celebrate their architectural and historical wonder. From medieval to 19th-century institutions, private to monastic collections, t... read full description below.

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ISBN 9783836535243
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Published 26 June 2018 by Taschen
Format Hardback
Language German
Author(s) By Ruppelt, Georg
By Sladek, Elisabeth
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ISBN-13 9783836535243
ISBN-10 3836535246
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Taschen
Imprint Taschen GmbH
Publication Date 26 June 2018
International Publication Date 10 July 2018
Publication Country Germany Germany
Format Hardback
Language German
Author(s) By Ruppelt, Georg
By Sladek, Elisabeth
Category Individual Photographers
Photographs: Collections
German
Number of Pages 560
Dimensions Width: 290mm
Height: 395mm
Weight 6,997g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Photography
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 936805

Description of this Book

Temples of Knowledge Exceptional access to the world's finest libraries From the mighty halls of ancient Alexandria to a camel bookmobile on the Kenyan-Somali border, human beings have had a long, enraptured relationship with libraries. Like no other concept and like no other space, the collection of knowledge, learning, and imagination offers a sense of infinite possibility. It's the unrivaled realm of discovery, where every faded manuscript or mighty clothbound tome might reveal a provocative new idea, a far-flung fantasy, an ancient belief, a religious conviction, or a whole new way of being in the world. In this new photographic journey, Massimo Listri travels to some of the oldest and finest libraries to reveal their architectural, historical, and imaginative wonder. Through great wooden doors, up spiraling staircases, and along exquisite, shelf-lined corridors, he leads us through outstanding private, public, educational, and monastic libraries, dating as far back as 766. Between them, these medieval, classical, baroque, rococo, and 19th-century institutions hold some of the most precious records of human thought and deed, inscribed and printed in manuscripts, volumes, papyrus scrolls, and incunabula. In each, Listri's poised images capture the library's unique atmosphere, as much as their most prized holdings and design details. Featured libraries include the papal collections of the Vatican Apostolic Library, Trinity College Library, home to the Book of Kells and Book of Durrow, and the priceless holdings of the Laurentian Library in Florence, the private library of the powerful House of Medici, designed by Michelangelo. With meticulous descriptions accompanying each featured library, we learn not only of the libraries' astonishing holdings - from which highlights are illustrated - but also of their often lively, turbulent, or controversial pasts. Like Altenburg Abbey in Austria, an outpost of imperial Catholicism repeatedly destroyed during the European wars of religion. Or the Franciscan monastery in Lima, Peru, with its horde of archival Inquisition documents. At once a bibliophile beauty pageant, an ode to knowledge, and an evocation of the particular magic of print, Listri Libraries is above all a cultural-historical pilgrimage to the heart of our halls of learning, to the stories they tell, as much as those they gather in printed matter along polished shelves.Text in English, French, and German

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review There was a time when extravagant cathedrals were created just to house books and manuscripts. Listri's large-format photographs document European libraries built between the 15th and the 19th century... Listri's meticulous attention to minutiae and details is exquisite. One can practically smell the dust on these ancient books.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

After studying history, German language and literature, education and philosophy, Georg Ruppelt gained his PhD with a doctoral thesis on Friedrich Schiller. He subsequently worked as a librarian, becoming deputy director of the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenb ttel in 1987, and director of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek in Hanover from 2002 to 2016. Ruppelt has published over 400 essays and 40 monographs on the subject of books, library science, and cultural history.

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