art in libraries


(…) A house brimming with books, a simple account diminished by acquisition after acquisition and a mountain of time lost to the obsessive compulsion that impedes thinking about anything other than the books missing from the list of essentials to the collection. In this way, you can succinctly surmise the life of a collector, many of whom have heard the desperate cry of their partners, “another one?” when a new book enters the home. 

The Smithsonian Libraries present an exposition: Magnificent Obsessions, Why we collect, in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, which illuminates the passions, in some cases streaks of lunacy, that make some collect compulsively; books specially. Many collections ultimately passed on by the owners to the collections of the Smithsonian library. Blessed lunacy. (…)



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