Temples of Books celebrates the world’s oldest and grandest shrines to the written word, as well as new and tiny ones.
• Marianne Julia Strauss
Temples of Books
Magnificent Libraries Around the World
Gestalten Verlag, 2022
Libraries of the World explores the most stunning examples, but it also explores how varied the idea of a library can be. It can be a grand Baroque hall with leather-bound tomes or a mid-century masterpiece, but it can just as easily be a few shelves in a repurposed phone booth.
Libraries are so much more than collections of books. They are archives of knowledge, spaces of study, sources of inspiration and connection. Among the world’s most universal and democratic places, they are also outstanding icons of architecture that represent the societies that built them.
Temples of Books celebrates the world’s oldest and grandest shrines to the written word, as well as new and tiny ones: from baroque palaces to micro-libraries made of recycled plastics, and the unlikely ones in between.
Looking at the diverse architecture of global libraries throughout the ages, Temples of Books goes further and explores the very idea of libraries themselves. This is a book about the beauty of books, a book for book lovers and for those who believe in the power of ideals.
** Op de cover de prachtige bibliotheek in de verbouwde Petrus-kerk in Vught.
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De Duitse journaliste Marianne Julia Strauss maakte ook een zelfde soort boek over bijzondere boekhandels:
Do You Read Me? – Bookstores Around the World