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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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Full of information on shelving and lighting, and with advice on organizing and caring for books, this title takes us into the houses of 40 booklovers to view their very personal libraries and reading spaces.

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I don't usually do coffee table books, but one about libraries, well, that's something else. Full of gorgeous photographs of private libraries to lust after. I particularly like that many of them have not been tidied specially - the Duke of Devonshire reclines with newspapers scattered on the floor, Keith Richards' shelves complete with apparently abandoned bottle of HP sauce. ( )
  tryphena | Oct 28, 2017 |
A coffee-table book for any author, writer, reader, or general book lover. This is not a book talking about decorating with books; this is about living with books and how they shape your home. Well worth finding and purchasing. ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
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 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Estelle Ellisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Seebohm, Carolinemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sykes, Christopher SimonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carabetta, SusanJacket Designsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I have seen men hazard their fortunes, go on long journeys halfway around the world, forge friendships, even lie, cheat, and steal, all for the gain of a book.
— A.S.W. Rosenbach
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To Sam, who was the first to say yes. — E.E.

For Sophie and Hugh, my favorite readers. — C.S.

For Karen. — C.S.S.
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Why do we feel so passionate about books, and why do we accumulate them in a seemingly uncontrollable fashion throughout our lives? Our libraries express something more than learning — they link us with the past, present, and future in a way that is portable, affordable, and aesthetically pleasurable.
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On disposing of unwanted books: If the books you are discarding don't seem worth the bother, leave them outside on a city street. They will almost certainly disappear within days.
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