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(Photo by Erik Kwakkel)

I had no idea such places still existed: chained libraries, virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages, in which all the volumes were chained to lecterns or shelves, which provided access to the public while protecting the volumes from theft. The image above is from the chained library in Zutphen, Netherlands, one of only three left (in their original state) in Europe. More on the libraries here. So beautiful.

May 14, 2013 in Books, History | Permalink


Geez, how do you even come upon these things? What twisted and arcane search lead you here?

Posted by: Paul Lamb at May 14, 2013 6:19:59 PM

I read an enormous number of litblogs. Most of the content doesn't resonate with me (I'm already sick and tired of hearing about Gatsby), but the task is rewarded by the occasional gem like this one.

Posted by: Pete at May 16, 2013 10:57:37 AM