Top 1000 Books Pictures

Inside the “House on the Rock” in Wisconsin

I’m not sure how you would access those books, so I’m afraid they are meant to be decorative. Still, I feel like I’d be able to find many hidden secrets within the book cases if given the chance… except for the Federal Tax Guide.

Taschen do such beautiful art books (more in comments)

I have their reprinting of Oliver Byrne’s 1847 color production of [Euclid’s Elements](http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/classics/all/42827/facts.byrne_six_books_of_euclid.htm) and it is *fan-fucking-tastic*. Anyone with a fleeting interest in beautifully published books, design, or mathematics should check it out (it can be found much cheaper elsewhere, though).

Old Hymnal from 1749

Unfortunately I only know that it was picked up somewhere in Germany during WWII. It is a hymnal, with a lot of hand-drawn pages. Many of the pages are also block-printed, with every neume having it’s own block stencil. There are several notes on

Triangular Notebook

It’d open up in such a way that the equivalent of one rectangular piece of paper is exposed. This is helpful for people who are left handed, refuse to flip notebooks, and hipsters.

Chetham’s Library, Manchester, England

“Chetham’s Library was founded in 1653 and is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. It is an independent charity and remains open to readers and visitors free of charge.” http://www.chethams.org.uk/

My new collected Lord of the Rings

This is the next book I buy, to go alongside my newly acquired More Than Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide (leatherbound, gilt, 20 years old and is in brand new shape, $3 at yard sale) and my 1976 The Hobbit boxed (also in perfect shape)

Boston Atheneum, 1901

[Here’s an image](http://earlymodernonlinebib.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/5th-floor-003.jpg) of how it looks today. (Not the same room, obviously.)

Starting a collection of 100+ yr old books

Sorry for the late reply, I haven’t had a computer for a few days. I bought the top one and the bottom two at different garage sales in my area. The Wonderbook I bought at the Tucson Festival of Books from a vendor that