The Most Beautiful Libraries of the World by Guillaume de Laubier

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The Most Beautiful Libraries of the World by Guillaume de Laubier

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1Mweb
Oct 27, 2009, 3:38pm

Does anyone have this book ? I'm thinking of buying a copy but would like to know a bit more about the content before investing.

2WholeHouseLibrary
Oct 27, 2009, 5:05pm

Sure do!
It's essentially a 'coffee table' book - quarto format, weighs slightly less than 5 pounds, glossy paper, beautiful photos of opulent libraries (mostly in Europe), and lots of detail photos.

I can't say that I've read many of the accompanying essays, but that's because the pictures are so distracting. It's one of those books that you need to wear a bib when you're looking at it. You won't be able to prevent yourself from drooling, so you may as well do what you need to in order to protect the book.

3TalulahBelle
Oct 28, 2009, 12:49pm

Have to agree with WholeHouseLibrary! Also, it has fold out pages and pictures of the artwork, sculpture and frescos to be found in these libraries. Too lovely for words!

4Mweb
Oct 28, 2009, 3:23pm

Thank you WholeHouseLibrary & TalulahBelle it's obviously a must have along with a good bib. Thought or hoped as much. Poor old bank balance going to take another bashing but in a good cause.

5tames
Oct 29, 2009, 7:18am

I've had that on my Amazon wish list for a while. Might be time to buy!

6cornerhouse
Nov 10, 2009, 11:44am

Yep, I have a copy. It's excellent -- though I tend to prefer Candida Hofer's Libraries because there's a greater breadth of library types and times.

7librisalexandria
Feb 22, 2010, 5:24am

Yes, buy it. You will cherish it. The photographs are rich in color and detail and the libraries depicted are simply beautiful. Heed Wholehouse Library's advice: wear a bib.
That book and another titled, At Home With Books are both visual delight.

8elliepotten
Jun 6, 2010, 3:03pm

>6 cornerhouse: Good point! Though I actually prefer this one to Candida Hofer's volume - I have both - particularly as a coffee table book, just because 'Beautiful Libraries' really celebrates the sumptuousness of libraries. Remember in 'Beauty and the Beast' (don't laugh, it's my favourite!), when Belle opens her eyes and sees that library for the first time? That's the look on my face when I read this book. The Candida Hofer book seemed to include things like... well, filing systems... I definitely don't need a coffee table book to see that!

9Autodafe
Jun 9, 2010, 7:02pm

I like the functionality of the libraries in Hofer's book. All of those rococo library interiors in Laubier's book make me gag. Chacun son gout!

10varielle
Feb 6, 2012, 1:40pm

Here's another beauty. The WSJ pays homage to the Morgan Library. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204652904577193161529753518.html
I know this is an old thread, but it was the only one I've stumbled across that seems relevant. Almost seems we need an entire group devoted to beautiful libraries and reading spaces. *Hint*Hint* Anyone?

12JimThomson
Jul 23, 2012, 4:18pm

Have ordered 'THE LIBRARY; An Illustrated History' from www.finebooksmagazine.com They have lots to read on their website.