Preface; Introduction * 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 Sixteenth Century * 4. Walls, Domes and Alcoves - Libraries in the Seventeenth Century * 5. Angels, Frescoes and Secret Doors - Libraries in the Eighteenth Century * 6. Iron Stacks, Gas Lights and Card Catalogues - Libraries in the Nineteenth Century * 7. Electricity, Concrete and Steel - Libraries in the Twentieth Century * 8. The Future of Libraries in the Electronic Age
The definitive worldwide architectural history of the library, with spectacular original photography by one of the finest architectural photographers at work today.
Dr James Campbell, an architect and art historian, is Seear Fellow in Architecture and History of Art at Queen's College, Cambridge. His books include The Library: A World History and Brick: A World History, both published by Thames & Hudson. Will Pryce, a trained architect and award-winning photographer, is the author of six books, all published by Thames & Hudson.
'Glorious' - Sunday Telegraph
'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
'A fascinating read for anyone who appreciates books and the beautiful buildings they're housed in' - Elle Decoration