I was watching Seijo no Maryoku (highly recommended BTW) and saw this magnificent library in episode 8

While it looks awesome, and I get this is purely fantasy, this wasn't typically how historical chained libraries were done


The chain was bound to the cover on the flat side or corner. Books are delicate and expensive to make back then.

As this photo by Matthew Hartley shows of the Wells Cathedral library, books were arranged with the spline facing the interior to reduce wear

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They were also laid flat as in this example, if space allowed for it


Books laid flat with a steel bar above the shelves linking to the chains

As an aside, I totally wanted to build a chained library, purely for aesthetic reasons. I've been studying bookbinding for a while and tried my hand a few times, but couldn't quite get close to what I liked

It will probably take a several years

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