10th january 2006
January: it promotes the sluggard, takes everything and gives nothing. Action and progress are at a discount. It doesn't even snow.
12th january 2006
bury my heart at 920 HUL
He [Van Hulthem, librarian to the Royal Library of Brussels] allowed no fire in the house and in cold weather kept himself warm in bed by putting folios on his feet, his favourite for this purpose being Barlaeus' account of Maurice of Nassau's expedition to Brazil . . . Carried away by a sudden apoplectic fit, he died on a pile of books like a warrior on the battlefield.
- Anthony Hobson, Great Libraries
16th january 2006
Embleton surpasses himself once again.