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    DescriptionA library is not just a collection of books, but also the buildings that house them. As varied and inventive as the volumes they hold, such buildings can be much more than the dusty, dark wooden shelves found in mystery stories or the catacombs of stacks in the basements of academia. From the great dome of the Library of Congress, to the white facade of the Seinajoki Library in Finland, to the ancient ruins of the library of Pergamum in modern Turkey, the architecture of a library is a symbol of its time as well as of its builders' wealth, culture, and learning. Architectural historian James Campbell and photographer Will Pryce traveled the globe together, visiting and documenting over eighty libraries that exemplify the many different approaches to thinking about and designing libraries. The result of their travels, "The Library: A World History" is one of the first books to tell the story of library architecture around the world and through time in a single volume, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern China and from the beginnings of writing to the present day. As these beautiful and striking photos reveal, each age and culture has reinvented the library, molding it to reflect their priorities and preoccupations--and in turn mirroring the history of civilization itself. Campbell's authoritative yet readable text recounts the history of these libraries, while Pryce's stunning photographs vividly capture each building's structure and atmosphere. Together, Campbell and Pryce have produced a landmark book--the definitive photographic history of the library and one that will be essential for the home libraries of book lovers and architecture devotees alike.

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    The Library
    A World History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James W P Campbell, By (photographer) Will Pryce
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 246 mm
    Height: 316 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 2,340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226092812
    ISBN 10: 022609281X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PHO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AJ, GL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15870
    B&T General Subject: 625
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    Libri: I-AP
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PHO000000, LAN025000, HIS000000
    DC22: 027.009
    DC21: 027.009
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: Z721 .C22 2013
    Thema V1.0: AJ, NH, GLC
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    14 October 2013
    Author Information
    James W. P. Campbell is a fellow and director of studies in architecture and history of art at Queens' College, Cambridge. His most recent books include "Brick: A World History" (also with Will Pryce) and "Building St Paul's." Will Pryce is an award-winning photographer based in London who originally trained as an architect. His previous books include "World Architecture: The Masterworks," "Big Shed," and "The Architecture of Wood: A World History."