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A Place Of Grandeur

Books: ‘The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building’
leong@lakevillejournal.com
One of two library lions at the New York Public Library’s Fifth Avenue entrance. Photo by Anne Day

This is not a book you take to bed, nor read cover-to-cover: “The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.” Rather, this new edition of Henry Hope Reed’s 1986 magisterial book is for leafing through, for admiring Anne Day’s glorious photographs of the materials, symmetries and details that give the library its grandeur, and for stopping here and there to learn more about a staircase, a hanging lantern or a flagpole base.

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