A World History
A World History
"In a new book, The Library: A World History, author James Campbell and photographer Will Pryce survey the world’s libraries, from the expansive new National Library of China to the Tripitaka Koreana, which was built in 1251 in South Korea and is one of the oldest intact libraries in the world. The book is full of interesting asides."
“Campbell’s new history of library architecture, with spectacular photographs by Pryce, takes us on a global tour . . . from the clay tablet storehouses of ancient Mesopotamia and the beautiful repositories of Buddhist sutra blocks and paper prints in Korea and Japan, to the grandiose designs and multimedia extravaganzas of the 21st century. . . .The Library: A World History puts such creations into long perspective, showing how book technology, readers’ needs and architectural solutions have co-evolved (or, occasionally, been at loggerheads).”
“The photographs by Will Pryce are technically flawless, and they give point and purpose to a text which is not only informative but persuasive. The message is clear: of the making of libraries there can be no end."
Times Literary Supplement
“The Library is a fascinating look into the history of library buildings across time and space. With its large format and stunning photographs, the book is both decorative and educational, like the libraries it describes.”
Table of Contents
1. Lost Beginnings: Libraries in the Ancient World
2. Cloisters, Codices, and Chests: Libraries in the Middle Ages
3. Cupboards, Chains, and Stalls: Libraries in the 16th Century
4. Walls, Domes, and Alcoves: Libraries in the 17th Century
5. Angels, Frescoes, and Secret Doors: Libraries in the 18th Century
6. Iron Stacks, Gaslights, and Card Catalogues: Libraries in the 19th Century
7. Electricity, Concrete, and Steel: Libraries in the 20th Century
8. The Future of Libraries in the Electronic Age