Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Keeping your own private library

An article published May 31 in the Wall Street Journal discusses the idiosyncracies of early book collectors, including one who died trying to light a fire to keep his books from getting damp and another who arranged his books from smallest to largest, but created false bottoms painted like the spines in order to make them appear to be the same height. It makes my family's stacks of books strewn throughout the house look quite pedestrian. Tell us about your private library.

1 comment:

Amanda Werhane said...

My own private library is "cataloged" in LibraryThing, and exists to my husband's chagrin.

I am also the caretaker of the remains of an archival collection related to the cooperative movement (about 45 boxes). This includes a letter from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and an anti-war poster from the 1st World War.