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Old 10-08-2008, 11:24 PM   #31
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Nah .... highly unlikely. But it's an interesting idea, in a weird anal-retentive sort of way.
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They have a magnificent reading room, books floor to ceiling. Except that they're not -- books, that is. The books used to be there, but looking after them became too hard. I think they're at the British Library now. In their place are painted replicas of all the spines... books as decoration indeed.

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That's not exactly a new idea - it was extremely common in Victorian times to do exactly that. Every respectable "middle class" home had a library, and there was a thriving business in supplying complete "libraries". Didn't matter what the books were - they were never intended to be read - they were any old rubbish rebound in handsome leather bindings. Solely there for "show".
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That's not exactly a new idea - it was extremely common in Victorian times to do exactly that. Every respectable "middle class" home had a library, and there was a thriving business in supplying complete "libraries". Didn't matter what the books were - they were never intended to be read - they were any old rubbish rebound in handsome leather bindings. Solely there for "show".
http://www.bookdecor.com/books-by-the-yard.html

"The adage "do not judge a book by its cover" does not apply at Books Décor. Here, we ask that you disregard the quality of the text in favor of our books' outer beauty. Home libraries are often more about decorative splendor than they are functionality."
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How interesting to learn that such companies still exist today! Yes, that's exactly the way it was done in Victorian times - you'd just order "5 yards of books"; you didn't care what they were. Fascinating to see that there's obviously still a commercial market for that.
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How interesting to learn that such companies still exist today! Yes, that's exactly the way it was done in Victorian times - you'd just order "5 yards of books"; you didn't care what they were. Fascinating to see that there's obviously still a commercial market for that.
Aren't those quite often used in furniture stores in "homelike" displays. I know that all the IKEA stores here in Sweden usually has this types of thing in their bookshelves that is on display in their stores.
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