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About the Author

German travel writer Marianne Julia Strauss has turned her curiosity into a job. Over the last ten years, she has roamed the world writing about the good things in life, covering love and motorcycles, books, bars and everything in between. Her first book Do You Read Me?, published by gestalten, surveyed the most inspiring and independent bookshops around the world.

Additional information

Publisher ‏

‎ gestalten (27 January 2022)

Language ‏

‎ English

Hardcover ‏

‎ 304 pages

ISBN-10 ‏

‎ 3967040240

ISBN-13 ‏

‎ 978-3967040241

Dimensions ‏

‎ 24 x 3.2 x 30 cm

10 reviews for Temples of Books: Magnificent Libraries Around the World   Import  Single ASIN  Import  Muleiple ASIN ×Product

  1. bookworm

    Beautiful Book
    Coffee table , beautiful book. It says it is a first edition in the description but I cannot find the evidence in the book. Photos are lovely and very interesting details. Very well packaged.

  2. Eva Murciano

    Maravilloso ejemplar para los amantes de los libros y las bibliotecas. La edición está muy cuidada y las fotografías son estupendas. Pese a que también cuenta brevemente la historia de las bibliotecas que se muestran, es un libro más para admirar y detenerse en los detalles de las imágenes que para leer, lo que lo hace bueno para las personas que no entienden inglés, ya que no cuenta con traducción al español.

  3. Amazon Customer

    Low quality prints
    I was expecting a beautiful coffee table book. But the prints were pale and low quality. For a book that is basically a picture book with no other purpose, they should have paid more for better paper and inks. Also, it is shaped like a normal book, which means none of the pictures can be in landscape orientation. Finally, there are a lot of modernist libraries in it, which aren’t my thing. I really wanted to like this, but I was kind of disappointed.

  4. Amazon Customer

    Good but unorganised
    Exquisite photos and lovely description, but without any structure so doesn’t have a historiograhical or thematic evolution.

  5. Hande Z

    More than a quiet place
    The sight of any collection of books inspires in its own way. In the 300 pages of this book, the inspiration is multiplied beyond count because the quality of the photographs is just breath-taking, and Strauss’ brief but informative introduction to each library enhances our appreciation of the library. By page 30, she would have taken us to two of the most awe-inspiring libraries – the Strahov Monastery Library, and the Jesuit Library at Maria Laach Abbey. Not all libraries are as grand as these, but even the small, basic ones such as the Library of Muyinga, are, as she describes, ‘a feast for the senses’. If anyone were to ask, ‘What has happened to the famed “Library of Alexandria”?’, the answer begins at page 224 of this book. And of modern libraries, one might wonder, can they compare to the Strahovs and the Maria Laachs? Strauss gives us much food for though with her presentation of the Tianjin Binhai Library. Would this rank as one of the top 10 books on libraries and books? No, it ranks easily in the top 3 – if not an out right number 1 (as I would have ranked, at least from among my collection of more than 30 books on libraries).

  6. Gregory B. Smith

    Beautiful Photography
    This is a book every bibliophile will enjoy and should have. The Photos of some of the world’s greatest libraries (and some not so great) are astounding. I gave it 4 stars instead of five because of an inexcusable omission: The reading room in the Library of Congress Jefferson building, which is one of the most beautiful rooms in Washington, if not the country. The text is adequate, but sprinkled with woke vocabulary: inclusion, diversity, nonbinary, anti-racist, etc.

  7. O. Wojtas

    Stunning Book
    This is a large, chunky book, but worth every square centimetre. It has beautiful photograph of libraries across the world, from St Catherine’s Monastery Library in the Sinai Desert, almost 2000 years old, to the Hunters Point Library in New York, built in 2019 with amazing views of Manhattan. The words are subordinate to the images, but the images are gorgeous and fascinating.

  8. Leslie

    good book
    A very good coffee book

  9. bridget blankley

    Bibliophile heaven
    New bucket list comprises of libraries featured in this book

  10. Murilo Pastre

    Segue a mesma linha de livros como o da Candida Hoffer (Libraries) e Massimo Listri porém este exemplar não tem dimensões gigantescas e em relação ao livro da Cândida tem dimensões parecidas mas com mais bibliotecas retratadas. Para quem gosta de viajar por belas fotografias, belas bibliotecas ao redor do mundo ou belos lugares, recomendo. A impressão e fotos são muito bonitas e o livro, bem acabado.

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