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Product details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500342881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500342886
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 3.4 x 31.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stunning-looking. --The Bookseller

spectacular photographs ... Campbell is precise and enlightening in his descriptions ... Campbell ends this marvellous book with another good motto: 'libraries are places of imagination' --Financial Times, Sarah Bakewell

A fascinating read for anyone who appreciates books and the beautiful buildings they're housed in. --Elle Decoration

On every count scholarship, production, readability The Library: A World History is way ahead of its predecessors, particularly with regard to production and design. The photographs by Will Pryce are technically flawless, and they give point and purpose to a text which is not only informative but persuasive. --Times Literary Supplement, J. Mordaunt Crook

A glorious study of that most venerable of institutions ... how gorgeously [libraries] have been photographed by Will Pryce. --Sunday Telegraph, Clive Aslet

In a lavish tribute to the architecture of libraries, the culture of learning and our ever-changing relationship with the written word from ancient to medieval modern, this great book is itself a rich library. --Saga Magazine, Iain Finlayson

Sumptuous ... long overdue --The Times

Will leave you lost for words ... stunning photographs ... the result of five years of meticulous research by Dr Campbell. --The Daily Mail

The Library: A World History by James W P Campbell with luminous photography by Will Pryce, is a magnificent book. --BBC CULTURE, Jonathan Glancey

gloriously glossy. --Cambridge News

lavish tome. --Homes and Interiors Scotland, Nov 2013

Luminous photography ... a magnificent book ... an architectural pilgrimage through one compelling building after another. --hidemyass.com

A global history of wisdom stores: their ceilings, stacks and secret doors. The glorious photography proves that rooms do furnish a book. --The Evening Standard

Really earns its size the 31 x 24 cm pages allow both Campbell's research endeavours and Pryce's photography to spread out and luxuriate. --Amateur Photographer

Hauntingly evocative images ... there is also a substantial and enviably omniscient text nestling among all the eye-candy. --The Spectator

Looks great ... fascinating, strewn with anecdote ... seductive beauty. --The Observer

A lavish and melancholy tome. --Roger Lewis, The Spectator

Book-lovers (the two words belong together in ways that ebook-lover don't) will feast on The Library ... a secondary wonder is that the publisher can serve up such a feast for under £50. --John Sutherland, The Spectator

Stunningly photographed and the fruit of worldwide research ... the definitive history of the library. --The Daily Mail

Campbell and Pryce have produced a masterwork. --Western Mail (Cardiff)

Will Pryce's stunning photography leaves you in no doubt as to why the library came to be the highest temple of learning and culture for centuries while Campbell's authoritative text puts the reader well and truly in the frame of each shot. --Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine

Very much to be welcomed ... filled with pictures and descriptions of some eighty-two libraries in twenty-one countries designed not just for storing books but for reading, thinking, gaining understanding and insight (one hopes) and indulging in the delights of serendipitous discovery. --Salon (e-newsletter of the Society of Antiquaries)

Intelligent and readable ... To describe Pryce's pictures as spectacular would be an understatement. One could use every word in the thesaurus and still not do them justice. --Post-Lib Magazine

Campbell and Pryce have produced a masterwork. --Western Mail (Cardiff)

Will Pryce's stunning photography leaves you in no doubt as to why the library came to be the highest temple of learning and culture for centuries while Campbell's authoritative text puts the reader well and truly in the frame of each shot. --Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine

About the Author

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.
" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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