The World’s Oldest & Finest Libraries by Massimo Listri

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN

In his recently published book, titled “The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries,” Italian photographer Massimo Listri invites bibliophiles to a wonderful photographic journey to some of the most extraordinary libraries in the world.

Listri’s photos are accompanied by texts written by Georg Ruppelt and Elisabeth Sladek providing historical background on each library. “With meticulous descriptions accompanying each featured library, we learn not only of the libraries’ astonishing holdings—from which highlights are illustrated—but also of their often lively, turbulent, or controversial pasts,” the publication’s description on the TASCHEN website reads.

The cover of "The World's Most Beautiful Libraries" tome (2018)
The cover of “The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries” tome (2018)

The 560-page tome of Massimo Listri, published by TASCHEN in English, French and German, pays homage to some of the most beautiful temples of learning around the world, such as the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, France, and the Klosterbibliothek Metten in Metten, Germany, while it is available for purchase on the TASCHEN website and Amazon.

“At once a bibliophile beauty pageant, an ode to knowledge, and an evocation of the particular magic of print, “Massimo Listri. The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries” is above all a cultural-historical pilgrimage to the heart of our halls of learning, to the stories they tell, as much as those they gather in printed matter along polished shelves.”

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, France. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, France. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome, Italy. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome, Italy. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Klosterbibliothek Metten, Metten, Germany. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Klosterbibliothek Metten, Metten, Germany. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Strahovská Knihovna, Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Strahovská Knihovna, Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbria, Portugal
Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbria, Portugal. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Stiftsbibliothek Admont, Admont, Austria
Stiftsbibliothek Admont, Admont, Austria. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Stiftsbibliothek Kremsmünster, Kremsmünster, Austria. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Stiftsbibliothek Kremsmünster, Kremsmünster, Austria. Photograph © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
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