"Too many books?" I believe the phrase you’re looking for is "not enough bookshelves".
Hours of Idleness by Lord Byron - 1807 with early 20th century jewelled Cosway-style binding by Sangorski Sutcliffe, the interior containing miniature portraits of Lord Byron and his ancestral home, Newstead Abbey. Original silk and velvet lined leather bound case (via invaluable.com).
Reading and walking is a skill all book lovers have mastered.
My idea of rich is that you can buy every book you ever want without looking at the price and you’re never around assholes. That’s the two things to really fight for in life.John Waters (via detailsdetales)
Feast your eyes on the elegant grandeur of the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (known in English as the Royal Portuguese Reading Room or the Royal Cabinet), a 19th-century library in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Constructed from 1880 to 1887 under the direction of architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, the magnificent library has the distinction of holding the largest and most valuable collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal, with over 350,000 volumes filling its countless bookshelves.
Leather bound volumes.
Under $30 book (and dvd) haul from the blessed Half Price Books - mostly clearance section, and I had a 15% off coupon. The books alone were under $25.
- 1 book (that I still haven’t read) by a favourite author
- 4 books from the Edge Chronicles
- 2 books from the Spiderwick Chronicles
- 3 books I’d never heard of, but they were $1 or $2 and hardcover so I thought, what the heck, they could be interesting.
- 3 vintage books: 2 fiction (Lorna Doone, Toilers of the Sea), 1 flower guide with colour plates
- 1 book full of poetry and stories about witches (I’m already eager for Halloween)
- And season 10 of Stargate SG1 - the only one I didn’t have yet - for only $6.
GODS I love this place.
Resting, that is what these old books appear to be doing. And they deserve it. The volumes date from the 17th and 18th centuries and have been on these shelves for several hundreds of years. They are part of York Cathedral Library and occupy a packed room (Pic 5) just adjacent to a larger reading room. When I visited the place, last week, I found myself whispering and walking slowly, so as not to wake them. These images transmit, I hope, some of the magic that hangs in the air: the red and green shine of leather bindings mixed with the distinct musky smell of old books.
Pics (my own): York Minster Library, established precisely 600 years ago this year. More about the library here.