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August 4, 1998

Library of Congress Book on Jefferson Building Wins Top Award From Washington Book Publishers

The Library of Congress: The Art and Architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building won the "Best of Show" award in the 13th Annual Book Design and Effectiveness Competition sponsored by the Washington Book Publishers. The award, "bestowed on the book with the most outstanding combination of cover and interior design" was announced and presented at a ceremony on June 11.

The richly illustrated 320-page book, published in 1997 by W.W. Norton & Co. in association with the Library, features 185 full-color photographs of the recently renovated and reopened Jefferson Building, most of them taken by noted photographer Anne Day especially for the book. It also includes 95 black-and-white photographs taken over the course of the building's first 100 years. Robert L. Wiser of Archetype Press, Washington, D.C., was the designer and accepted the award. Also recognized at the awards ceremony were Library of Congress Publishing Office Editors Margaret Wagner and Blaine Marshall and Director W. Ralph Eubanks. The editors of the volume are Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole and architectural historian Henry Hope Reed.

The book also won first prize in the category "Illustrated Books: Three or More Colors." The second prize in this category went to another Library of Congress-related book, Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States, by Vincent Virga and curators of the Library, published in 1997 by Alfred A. Knopf. This 416-page volume containing more than 500 images from the Library's collections was designed by Peter A. Anderson and edited by Library of Congress Publishing Office staffers Margaret Wagner and Sara Day.

Both books are available in bookstores across the country and in the Library of Congress Sales Shop. The Library of Congress: The Art and Architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building sells for $60; the cost of Eyes of the Nation is $75.

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PR 98-116
ISSN 0731-3527

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