Alec Nevala-Lee

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Archive for January 22nd, 2012

“One place in the world in which it is possible to be happy”

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Libraries are not made; they grow. Your first two thousand volumes present no difficulty, and cost astonishingly little money. Given £400 and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with this number of books, all in his own language, and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.

Augustine Birrell, “Book-Buying”

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January 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

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