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At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with…

At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries

by Estelle Ellis, Caroline Seebohm

Other authors: Christopher Simon Sykes (Illustrator)

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A big coffee table book from 1995, of all kinds of libraries. There are personal libraries, ones in big English manors and the Welsh book town of Hay-on-Wye. Many of the libraries belong to serious collectors, some to voracious readers, some who also collect art, and a couple who are most interested in the appearance of their library. Of course, it is filled with big glossy pages of book porn. Photos of old English bookcases filled with leather-bound books and stacks of two hundred year old books by classic authors are everywhere. Biggest surprise- Keith Richards has beautiful copies of both Jane Eyre and Grimm's Fairy Tales on the shelf, along with the WWII books. ( )
  mstrust | Jun 28, 2015 |
To Ed, Who has the most beautiful library of all!! Love, Linda
  efeulner | May 2, 2014 |
A wonderful book with varied and well-chosen libraries, handsome pictures, and compelling stories about the library owners. This book differentiates itself from other "books about books" by going beyond care and decorating tips (although the book includes plenty of both) and spotlighting the owners of the books: Why they love books, how they began and added to their collections, what they believe is so important about having books in the home. This book was an inspiration to me. I kept it out in easy reaching distance during the 3 month period that I was having my custom home library built. I ended up stealing a number of ideas from the book, all of which have made my own library a warm, cozy, useful, and oft-complimented part of my home and my life. ( )
  bkwurm | Dec 20, 2012 |
The subtitle of this generous sized coffee table book, is "How book lovers live with and care for their libraries" , but it's more of a lush, plush picture book of book collectors and their chance to show off their libraries . It really is a specialist interior design book for library enthusiasts. It largely, covers private libraries of clearly rich people , about 40 of them . Are any of them members of Library thing? I liked the idea of highlight chapters on Hay on Wye, organizing your library, starting a collection, library lighting, the art of the book shelf, book plates, library ladders and so on. The enemies of books chapter is particularly helpful on temperature control and what to do about mold, there lots of useful advice for ordinary book loving mortals too. There is a resource directory . The photographs are to drool over, and if you are not the envious type then concentrate on the types of shelves, the chairs, the furnishings and furniture for libraries and the choices available in arranging your books. Tastes even among this selected group of people vary... Some like the cluttered look, some are clinical in their approach to books, some want to hide their books and avoid the intrusion of books while others are true bibliophiles . I wondered why many of these book collectors agreed to participate in this project and why ... Perhaps the same reason as library thing members post their pics on the website. . It is heavily geared to North American and British collections . This is a book worth keeping and dipping in to from time to time just to savour those peeps into the lives and libearies of others. Though published in the mid 1990s, I do not think this book has dated or is obsolete in purpose. Are there any other books in this vein ? ( )
  Africansky1 | Dec 3, 2012 |
Great book for all book lovers and collectors. Large coffee table book with tons of great pics give the reader ideas on storing and displaying books. Features celebrity libraries as well. I especially liked Rolling Stones Keith Richards library. Who would have guessed he loves boos so much. ( )
  realbigcat | Oct 30, 2012 |
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Estelle Ellisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Seebohm, Carolinemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sykes, Christopher SimonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carabetta, SusanJacket Designsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For the bibliophile anxious to enhance the home library, At Home with Books presents both practical advice and divine inspiration. Chapters on starting a collection, organizing the library, and caring for books offer useful information on categorizing, editing, storage, and space-saving--"break down the books into categories by subject matter ... and compare their quantities to the available shelf space. If necessary, measure. Consider the book's height as well as its width. You may need to adjust your shelves to optimize your space." "Library Lighting," "The Art of the Bookshelf," and "Library Ladders" further encourage collectors to create a personal space suitable for its intended purpose, yet reflective of one's passion--"shelf lighting can draw attention to cherished objects and volumes; track lights can highlight certain areas of your room." Interspersed throughout these highly helpful chapters are interviews with noteworthy bibliophiles, including Keith Richards, Loren and Frances Rothschild, Bill Blass, and Paul Getty, whose "literary lairs"--ranging from the classic book-lined walls to books in the kitchen and the bathroom--are beautifully photographed, making At Home with Books not only a valuable resource for the dedicated collector, but a beautiful addition to any collection.

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