Every holiday season, bookstore shelves groan under the heavy load of newly published coffee table books.
Yet, one coffee table book originally published in 1995, remains popular with bibliophiles – At Home With Books, How Booklovers Live With and Care For Their Libraries.
Filled with lavish photos of personal libraries, At Home With Books celebrates books and people who have spent the time and energy to create truly unique home libraries. Despite the ever-growing popularity of eBook devices, At Home With Books will tempt readers to quickly sell their eBook devices to fund a home library of their own.
From Booklist’s review of At Home With Libraries:
Less a book about libraries, as its Dewey classification asserts, than an interior-design album, this lavish tome yet stresses the importance of books in the lives of even the rich and famous, even when they’re not writers. Oh, some whose book troves appear do write for a living: for instance, poet Richard Howard, whose small New York apartment walls are near-totally covered with books. Others whose entire names are famous include designer Bill Blass and Rolling Stone Keith Richards, but of the rest, a few just have impressive surnames (Rothschild, Getty, Biddle), one has a title (the duke of Devonshire), and the remainder have monikers as discreet as their fortunes are large. A terrific browsing book, thanks to Christopher Simon Sykes’ tasteful photos, helpfully concluded by a resource directory of tony rare-book dealers, book fairs, bookbinders, sources of library furnishings, etc.