Photographer travels the globe documenting remarkable libraries

The World's Most Beautiful Libraries is a lovely collection of some of the most awe-inspiring libraries ever built.

Via the publisher:

In this new photographic journey, Massimo Listri travels to some of the oldest and finest libraries to reveal their architectural, historical, and imaginative wonder. Through great wooden doors, up spiraling staircases, and along exquisite, shelf-lined corridors, he leads us through outstanding private, public, educational, and monastic libraries, dating as far back as 766. Between them, these medieval, classical, baroque, rococo, and 19th-century institutions hold some of the most precious records of human thought and deed, inscribed and printed in manuscripts, volumes, papyrus scrolls, and incunabula. In each, Listri’s poised images capture the library’s unique atmosphere, as much as their most prized holdings and design details.

Check out his Instagram for just a few of the examples:

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Massimo Listri: Hermitage, San Pietroburgo, Russia. Opera tratta dal catalogo: "Russia" Per il catalogo completo link in bio. _______________________ Massimo Listri: Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia. From the artwork from the Catalogue: "Russia" For the full catalogue follow the link in bio.

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Massimo Listri:Biblioteca di Mafra I, Portogallo. Opera tratta dal catalogo: "Libraries" Per il catalogo completo link in bio. _______________________ Massimo Listri: Biblioteca di Mafra I, Portugal. From the artwork from the Catalogue: "Libraries" For the full catalogue follow the link in bio.

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Massimo Listri: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana V, Città del Vaticano 2015. . Catalogo completo e contatti nel link in bio . ______________________________ . Massimo Listri: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana V, Vatican City 2015. . For the full catalogue and contacts link in bio .

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Massimo Listri: Biblioteca di Taipei, Taipei 2012. . Catalogo completo e contatti nel link in bio . ______________________________ . Massimo Listri: Taipei Library, Taipei 2012. . For the full catalogue and contacts link in bio .

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The coffee table book isn't cheap, so maybe suggest it as an acquisition for your local library!

The World's Most Beautiful Libraries (via Taschen)

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