"Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors."
— Adso in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose
bookpatrol:

A look at the last chained libraries
clirhiddencollections:

atlasobscura:

Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries
In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 
Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…
bookpatrol:

A look at the last chained libraries
clirhiddencollections:

atlasobscura:

Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries
In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 
Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…
bookpatrol:

A look at the last chained libraries
clirhiddencollections:

atlasobscura:

Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries
In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 
Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…
bookpatrol:

A look at the last chained libraries
clirhiddencollections:

atlasobscura:

Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries
In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 
Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…
bookpatrol:

A look at the last chained libraries
clirhiddencollections:

atlasobscura:

Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries
In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 
Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…
bookpatrol:

A look at the last chained libraries
clirhiddencollections:

atlasobscura:

Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries
In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 
Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…
bookpatrol:

A look at the last chained libraries
clirhiddencollections:

atlasobscura:

Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries
In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 
Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…

bookpatrol:

A look at the last chained libraries

clirhiddencollections:

atlasobscura:

Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries

In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 

Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…

Sometimes the old ones are the best

scotianostra:

The Gothic Rocket
Hill and Adamson shot of The Scott Monument under construction in 1843. You can see how it got it’s nickname “The Gothic Rocket”

scotianostra:

The Gothic Rocket

Hill and Adamson shot of The Scott Monument under construction in 1843. You can see how it got it’s nickname “The Gothic Rocket”

sketchthebook:

Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Made With Paper

artemisdreaming:

Etchings for Jorge Luis Borges Library of Babel
Erik Desmazières
artemisdreaming:

Etchings for Jorge Luis Borges Library of Babel
Erik Desmazières
artemisdreaming:

Etchings for Jorge Luis Borges Library of Babel
Erik Desmazières
artemisdreaming:

Etchings for Jorge Luis Borges Library of Babel
Erik Desmazières
artemisdreaming:

Etchings for Jorge Luis Borges Library of Babel
Erik Desmazières

artemisdreaming:

Etchings for Jorge Luis Borges Library of Babel

Erik Desmazières

The silverfish bookworm (Lepisma saccharina) from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1665)

I went for a Sunday afternoon pint today and it put me in mind of this little essay. The place I was in doesn’t quite have all (or even most) of the qualities Orwell outlines for the ideal pub, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

"It’s all practical joking in any case. It’s making people care about something which isn’t really going on."
— Kurt Vonnegut being interviewed for the BBC World Service Book Club. Available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/wbc/all