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Description - On These Walls by John Y. Cole

The three imposing buildings of the Library of Congress - the Thomas Jefferson Building, the John Adams Building and the James Madison Memorial Building - are not only feats of architecture holding the wealth of the nation's knowledge in their stacks, but they also harbour a wealth of inscriptions and quotations on their walls and ceilings. This beautifully illustrated book, featuring all new photography, provides a guide to help locate, identify and appreciate these gems of knowledge and art work. Ranging from the names and quotations of the great writers, philosophers and artists of Western civilisation such as Dante, Bacon and Emerson, to the thoughts of the nation's forefathers Jefferson, Adams and Madison themselves, the inscriptions in each building express the Library's ambitious mission to collect and share the wisdom of all civilisations in today's world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857595451
ISBN-10: 1857595459
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 228mm x 13mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Scala Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Scala Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Y. Cole

John Y. Cole is founding director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and a 33-year Library of Congress veteran. He has published widely about books and libraries in society as well as about the history of the Library of Congress.

Books By John Y. Cole

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