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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel (August 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3829601867
  • ISBN-13: 978-3829601863
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A picture is worth a thousand words!
Chanley M. Mohney
The snapshot images speak for themselves in this captivating compilation highly recommended for bibliophile's coffee tables and photography shelves.
Midwest Book Review
Her photographs of libraries all the way from USA to Europe amount to beautiful artwork, evoking majesty and history.
B. Wolinsky

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 5, 2006
137 color plates distinguish Candida Hofer Libraries, beautifully capturing seats of knowledge around the world from the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York to the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris, the Villa Medici in Rome and others. Aside from a brief introduction, no essays intersperse the eye-catching plates, each of which takes up a whole page with a blank page opposite in a two-page spread. The snapshot images speak for themselves in this captivating compilation highly recommended for bibliophile's coffee tables and photography shelves.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. V. Hartman on May 4, 2009
I borrowed this book from the library to see if I was willing to spend the money on it. The answer is not quite yet. But nonetheless, it was absolutely gorgeous, and someday it will be in my collection. I'm keeping an eye out for a decent price on a used copy.

The pictures are simply beautiful, and beautifully simple. There were pictures of libraries that I could imagine myself holing up in for days, looking at books, and other libraries that I can imagine just standing in, looking around in awe, unable to read a word.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chanley M. Mohney on April 7, 2008
A picture is worth a thousand words! This book says so much and yet there are only a handful of words on each page identifying the library in the photo. As I was "reading" through this book, I realized that I have been in many of the cities or countries where these libraries are located. I missed some beautiful sites. For anyone who has an interest in libraries, this is a must "read." I will be giving this to my son, who is an architect. His specialty is libraries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven T Johnson on March 11, 2014
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I would not buy this book again. It was as if they were trying to take "art" photos rather than consentrate on the wonderful spaces they were at.
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Purchased as a gift for my bibliophile mother. She loved the book. Amazing photos, but a little on the pricey side. Worth it though, since it was well-received.
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