The Library

A World History


The definitive worldwide architectural history of the library, with spectacular original photography by one of the finest architectural photographers at work today.


ISBN: 9780500023525 Category:

James W P Campbell, Will Pryce


Ambitious and wide-ranging, this is the first single volume to tell the story of the library as a distinct building type, all around the world and from the beginnings of writing to the present day. In its highest form the library is a total work of art, combining painting, sculpture, furniture and architecture. From their designs for the libraries of ancient Rome to those of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, architects have sought to outdo each other by producing ever more spectacular settings.

The author and photographer have travelled the globe, documenting some eighty libraries. Architectural historian James Campbell contributes an authoritative and highly readable account. Will Pryce is one of the world’s leading photographers of interiors and architecture. Arresting and technically flawless, his photographs are both lucid and deeply atmospheric.

Additional information

Weight 2078 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 30 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 August 2020
Number of pages 328
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.7 x 30 cm
Weight 2078 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “The Library”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *