This one, from a friend of a friend who weighed in on a discussion on Facebook and who has recently returned from what looked like an amazing trip overseas, is of a pretty amazing library. In his words, which accompanied the link he sent me,
Admont monastery library. I had a look. Originally built in 1776 with a capacity to house 70,000 books. The Library held 40,000 at its completion and collected more subsequently. It now houses volumes dated from 1600-1900. The library also has 1400 manuscripts and 930 incunabulae, but these are stored elsewhere.He couldn't take photos inside, but click here to have a look.
However - and I'm adding this some time after writing the rest of this post - said friend has just posted some images which I'm assuming are scanned postcards... So, herewith, an image of this absolutely amazing library:
This cracked me up - partly because it's a variation of a conversation I have at home regularly. As I've written many times before, I have books in storage due to the current bookshelf space limitations. Dearly Beloved has stored all of his books, but we're talking two libraries of vastly different scale and content, wherein lies our particular version of this discussion.
DB: "Hon, you've got too many books!" - usually uttered after he's moved them again....
Me: "No I don't. You can't have too many books."
DB: "Well, you can't have too many art books..."
Me: "You can't have too many of ANY kind of books."
DB: "Yes you can, you have too many books."
You can see where it goes... All of DB's books are in storage (bar the odd particular volume, and I'm subversive and give him books whenever there's a gift occasion...) and they are almost solely art books. However, that was a choice he made when we moved. My storage collection are as eclectic as what is still on the shelves, and I'm just looking forward to when we settle someplace where I can have them all back out and have room to house the whole collection again.