The Big Think

June 12, 2013

Over 113 Years, This Home Library Has Grown to 35,000 Books – Neatorama

Filed under: Current Reading,Education — jasony @ 10:19 pm

Over 113 Years, This Home Library Has Grown to 35,000 Books – Neatorama: “Three generations of Johnsons never set out to collect ‘rare books.’ Instead, they collected books that fell within their diverse areas of interest — from Plato, to law, to economics, to India, to archeology, to Sanskrit. Not everything in the collection is a 300-year-old scholarly tome. The museum has mystery novels, Jackie Collins’ steamy tales of lust, small books designed to fit into the pockets of GIs during World War II and tawdry novellas Richards calls ‘bodice rippers.’ Many of the older books are in Latin or Greek — or both, on facing pages — and date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The best digital searches, Richards said, show that some of the books are only cataloged at one or two libraries in the world”

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