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A book to sit and dream over’ – Antiques Magazine
Libraries are among civilization’s crowning achievements; this elegant book is a fitting tribute to them. The text traces the history of libraries to the present day, and describes how they came to serve famous personalities and men of letters.
Internationally renowned photographer Jacques Bosser takes the reader on a journey to more than twenty of the most historical of these magical places, all architectural treasures. From the dramatic, baroque Library of the Institut de France in Paris, to the splendid Vatican Library in the Vatican City; from the majestic Royal Library at El Escorial, Spain, to the famed New York Public Library, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece – here are some of the most exquisite libraries of the Western world.
Included are national, scholarly and religious libraries from twelve countries, which have in common a distinguished heritage and an architectural setting that emphasizes art and culture.