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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag Gmbh (January 2006)
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Candida Hofer studied with Bernd Becher at the Dussedorf Academy of Art. Candida Hofer: A Monograph was published by Thames & Hudson in 2003. Umberto Eco is a writer, philosopher and professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna. His novel The Name of the Rose was an international bestseller. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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37 of 41 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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21 of 25 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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15 of 19 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo Elias on November 18, 2013
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If you want to get a lot of information or large text, this book is not for you. If you want color photos this book is for you. Only 7 pages have text. Fine paper.
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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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