Books in a barn. Baldwin Book Barn, in Pennsylvania. This is so beautiful.
Tama Art University Library, Tokyo, Japan
In House reader’s just …stacked books / En casa de los lectores los libros acaban amontonados (ilustración de Kazuo Oga)
Poland, 19th century
Egg decorated with micrographic text from the Song of Songs,
Handwritten in ink, 7 x 5 2398
“From the 18th century, and perhaps even earlier, hollow eggs on which sacred texts had been written in micrography were used to decorate European sukkahs. Not all the texts related directly to the holiday of Sukkot, the Festival of Booths: this example has Song of Songs 1-4:7 inscribed in miniscule letters. At times feathers were added to the hanging egg, so that it looked like a bird in flight.”(via)
This 14th century illuminated manuscript detail portrays an interesting concept of an ideal study.
Apart from the, in our eyes, unusual way of stacking books (by the way, here is an interesting article about why we store books the way we do, today), the study houses a number of interesting and peculiar items, including a ptolemian map (a precursor to an atlas or globe, I suppose), an astrolabe, a girdle book, a book stand, an early clock, some glass jars and what looks like a basket of herbs, as well as (of course, this being European Middle Ages) a devotional picture.
To this day, I think a library or a study is not complete without a few such odd gadgets and trinkets.
The French Senate Library Annexe in The Luxembourg Palace, Paris. The palace was built as a royal residence for Marie de Médicis, mother of king Louis XIII of France. Up until the French Revolution it was a princely residence.
Declared a National Palace in 1791, the Luxembourg Palace became home to the Directoire, the House of Peers (1814-1848), and the Senate of the Third Republic (from 1879).
Beginning in 1835 the architect Alphonse de Gisors added a new garden wing parallel to the old corps de logis, replicating the look of the original 17th-century facade and adding a library.
In the room which has 2km of shelving are kept nearly 57,000 volumes.
The roof consists of a series of paintings representing the 12 signs of the Zodiac. They are the work of Jacob Jordaens, a better student of Flemish painter Rubens. In the center, the “Sunrise Dawn” is by Antoine Gallet.
The French Senate Library Annexe in The Luxembourg Palace, Paris.