Personal Library: Collecting Books

The New York Times 5.15.08

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How much is too much? The New York Times shares the first-person account of author Alberto Manguel discussing his life-long love of books and his personal library of over 30,000 volumes. As romantic as some may see it, the images he stirs up are also cumbersome: moldy pages and an almost exponential growth of paper. He writes: "Like every library, mine will eventually exceed the space allotted to it"...

If you're a book collector, you'll want to read A 30,000-Volume Window on the World.

Image: Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times

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