This spectacular book is the first single volume to tell the story
of the library as a distinct building type, all around the world.
Throughout the ages, book collections have served to symbolize
their owners culture and learning, and the wealthy and powerful
have spent lavishly on buildings to house them. In its highest form
the library became a total work of art, combining painting,
sculpture, furniture and architecture into seamless, dramatic
spaces. The finest libraries are repositories not just of books,
but of learning, creativity and contemplation; they embody some of
the highest achievements of humankind. This book recounts that
history in text and images of truly outstanding quality.