Prologue :
There was a library...Let its long length assemble. Than its stone walls its paper walls are thicker; armoured with learning, with philosophy, with poetry that drifts or dances...Shielded with flax and calfskin and a cold weight of ink.
Mervyn Peake

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1. INTO THE UNKNOWN : Hardcover. Publisher: Readers Digest (1982) ISBN-10: 0909486921 ISBN-13: 978-0909486921 Product Dimensions: 23 cm x 16.76 cm x 2.8 inches Weight: 725.75 gramms
2. Great Mysteries : Riddles of the natural and human world: Paperback. Author: Pamela Bradley. Publisher: Chatswood, N.S.W. : New Holland , (2010). ISBN-10: 9781741106930
3. History's Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them: Hardcover: 256 pages Author : Jane Goldman Publisher: Pier 9 (October 1, 2005) ISBN-10: 1740456696 ISBN-13: 978-1740456692
4. The X-Files Book of the Unexplained, Vol. 2 : Hardcover: 350 pages Author : Jane Goldman Publisher: Simon Schuster Trade (April 1, 1997) Language: English ISBN-10: 0684816342 ISBN-13: 978-0684816340 Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches Weight: 2.6 pounds
5.The X-Files: Book of the Unexplained, Vol. 1: Hardcover: 339 pages Publisher: Harper Prism (August 1996) Language: English ISBN-10: 0061052361 ISBN-13: 978-0061052361 Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 1 inches Weight: 2.4 pounds
6. In Search of Prehistoric Survivors: Do Giant Extinct Creatures Still Exist? Paperback Author : Karl P.N. Shuker Paperback: 200 pages Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; New edition edition (3 July 1997) Language: English ISBN-10: 0713727063 ISBN-13: 978-0713727067
7. The Silmarillion: Hardcover: 368 pages Author J.R.R Tolkien Publisher: George Allen & Unwin; 1st edition (December 31, 1977) Language: English ISBN-10: 0048231398 ISBN-13: 978-0048231390 Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches Weight: 1.6 pounds
8. The Hobbit [Illustrated]: Hardcover: 304 pages Author J.R.R Tolkien Publisher: HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (Reissue) edition (29 Oct 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 026110330X ISBN-13: 978-0261103306 Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.1 x 3 cm
9.The Lord of the Rings - [Illustrated]: Hardcover: 1200 pages Author J.R.R Tolkien Publisher: HarperCollins; Illustrated edition edition (19 Sep 1991) Language: English ISBN-10: 0261102303 ISBN-13: 978-0261102309 Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.4 x 7 cm
10. The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún: Hardcover: 384 pages Author J.R.R Tolkien Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition, First Impression edition (5 May 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0007317239 ISBN-13: 978-0007317233 Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.2 x 23.3 cm
11. Spawn#8 'Crossing Over': paperback reprint Story Dave Sim Art Todd McFarlane Letters & Editor Tom Orzechowski Color Steve Oliff Color Reuben Rude Publisher: Malibu Comics Language: English ISBN: 9315076130003
12. Excalibur Special Edition Vol 1 .#1"The Sword is Drawn" : Paperback 48 pages Writers Chris Claremont Pencilers Alan Davis Inkers Paul Neary Mark Farmer Colourists Glynis Oliver Letterers Tom Orzechowski Publisher: Marvel Entertainment Group Language: English ISBN-10: 7148602711 Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
13. Havok & Wolverine-- Meltdown1: Paperback Jon J Muth, Louise Simonson, Kent Williams Walter Simonson Publisher: Marvel Comics (1988) Language: English ASIN: B000IAVBQY ISBN: 07148601337201 Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.4 x 0.2 inches Weight: 5.6 ounces
14. Havok & Wolverine-- Meltdown2: Paperback Jon J Muth, Louise Simonson, Kent Williams Walter Simonson Publisher: Epic Comics (1988) Language: English ASIN: B000721DBQ ISBN: 07148601337202 Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.5 x 0.2 inches Weight: 5.6 ounces
15. Havok & Wolverine-- Meltdown3: Paperback Jon J Muth, Louise Simonson, Kent Williams Walter Simonson Publisher: Epic Comics (1989) Language: English ASIN:B0019RZB5W ISBN: 07148601337203 Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.5 x 0.2 inches Weight: 5.6 ounces
16. Havok & Wolverine-- Meltdown4: Paperback Jon J Muth, Louise Simonson, Kent Williams Walter Simonson Publisher: Epic Comics (1989) Language: English ASIN: ASIN: B000721DBQ ISBN: 07148601337204 Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.5 x 0.2 inches Weight: 5.6 ounces
17. Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1 (of 3): Paperback second printing Aug 1987 Mike Grell (Author) assistant Lurine Haines colorist Julia Lacquement letterer Ken Bruzenak
18. Beauty and the Beast: Portrait of Love (Based on the CBS Television Series) : Paperback 30 pages Publisher: First Publishing (June 1989) Language: English ISBN-10: 0915419505 ISBN-13: 978-0915419500 Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.5 x 0.2 inches Weight: 5.6 ounces
19. Beauty and the Beast: Night of Beauty Publisher: First Comics; 1st edition (March 1990) Language: English ISBN-10: 0915419750 ISBN-13: 978-0915419753 Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches Weight: 2.4 ounces
20. The Maxx, Vol. 1 : Paperback: 156 pages Story/Art Sam Keith Publisher: Image Comics; illustrated edition edition (1998) Language: English ISBN-10: 1887279008 ISBN-13: 978-1887279000 Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches Weight: 9.6 ounces
21. The Maxx, Vol. 2:
Paperback: 136 pages Story/Art Sam Keith Publisher: Image Comics (1997) Language: English ISBN-10: 1887279431 ISBN-13: 978-1887279437 Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches Weight: 12.6 ounces
22. Cobalt 60: Paperback: 74 pages Vaughn Bode (Author), Mark Bode (Author), Larry Todd (Author)Publisher: Walsworth Pub Co (August 1988) Language: English ISBN-10: 089865677X ISBN-13: 978-0898656770 Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
23. Cheech Wizard Vol II: Paperback Paperback: 60 pages Vaughn Bode (Author) Publisher: Fantagraphics; 2nd edition (1999) Language: English ISBN: 0560970545 ASIN: B000EIP1NY
24. BATMAN - The Dark Knight Returns: 4 Volumes in one Paperback 5th printing Frank Miller (Author) with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley (introduction by Alan Moore) Publisher: DC Comics with Warner Books (1986) Language: English ASIN: B001O9E912
25. Batman, Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham (2000 AD) Paperback: 64 pages Publisher: Mandarin; New edition (1994) Language: English ISBN-10: 0749314583 ISBN-13: 978-0749314583 Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 21.8 x 0.5 cm
26. Judge Anderson: Childhood's End (2000 AD) Paperback 64 pages Alan Grant (Author), Kevin Walker (Illustrator) Publisher: Hamlyn (March 13, 1995) Language: English ISBN-10: 0749319984 ISBN-13: 978-0749319984 Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches Weight: 6.4 ounces
27: ABC Warriors: Khronicles of Khaos: Paperback 96 pages Pat Mills (Author), Tony Skinner (Author), Kevin Walker (Illustrator) Publisher: Mandarin (September 17, 1992) Language: English ISBN-10: 074931463X ISBN-13: 978-0749314637 Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches Weight: 14.9 ounces

Waffle : It's a book. It's a non-volatile storage medium. It's very rare. You should 'ave one
     Artists Description and general comments.
I'm a bibliophile.
Books are the most friendly concentration of knowledge and entertainment that the human mind has yet conceived. Sure, CD's and DVD's can cram more wordage into a more compact package than any bound, paper book can manage, and that annoying catchphrase 'multimedia' presentations can impress the viewer with text, pictures and soundbites...But nothing else feels like a book that you can hold in your hand, to read in haste or at leisure, in almost any lighting, without batteries or power cables.
Nothing else allows the mind and its imagination as much freedom to stop and start, to pursue a random thought, to skim the surface or be completley immersed as does a simple book. Good books, In my view, do not come and go. Like the trees from which they're made, good books come into existance, they grow, they change, sometimes they send offshoots from which new books spring. They may go through different editions. A first edition may go out of print, and become a collectors item, but the words themselves, the knowledge, stays avaliable.

Officially, Western libraries are said to have begun with the Greeks, around the 6th Century BC.  The Lyceum was established in Athens in 336 BC.  Subsequently, Athenians buried and badly damaged their collection, to prevent its acquisition by rival librarians of Pergamum.  Romans took the remnants of it home with them in 40 BC.

In 40 BC, Anthony sent his lover Cleopatra in Alexandria the entire library of its archival, Pergamum (where parchment was invented).  In part, he was punishing the Pergamumites for siding with his rivals during the latest Roman civil war.  He may also have intended to compensate Cleopatra for Julius' unrecorded act of vandalism.

Rome destroyed and rebuilt many cities.  It uprooted homegrown cultures and replanted entire populations elsewhere, more or less at random.  Rome was an insignificant contributor to Library scholarship.  It specialized in villa libraries for the rich.  No scholars were assembled when Rome established its first Public Library in 33 BC, unlike centuries of common practice in the ådecadentπ East.  The Romans sacked Thebes in 29 BC, ending a thousand years of its prosperity.

Dates listed hereafter are Anno Domini. (AD), unless otherwise noted.  The giant library at Antioch burned down in 37, along with its city.  Before her defeat, native Queen Boadicea burned down Roman Londinium (London), in 50.  Rome conquered Jerusalem in 63, flattened it in 70.  It massacred the inhabitants of Caesurae Palestinae, Jotapata and Massada by 73.  Subsequent revolts targeted Jewish colonies in the great imperial cities.  This massacre cost the Roman Empire hundreds of thousands more lives, and equivalent treasure.  Rome conquered the island of Anglesey in 78, the last known refuge of the Druids.

Eighty AD saw the first destruction of one of the greatest Buddhist centers, Anuradhapura in Ceylon.  Founded in 437 BC, it would be annihilated by Tamil invaders, this time for good, during the 8th Century AD.

Meanwhile, almost every book published since the 1800's is quietly self-destructing.  Their cheap, high-acid paper reacts to light, heat and moisture by crumbling to dust.  Fahrenheit 451 has reached room temperature these days.  The wonderful world of chemistry has relieved Ray Bradbury fascistic, science fiction dystopians from the thankless chore of destroying every book.  Ephemeral electronic media are even more vulnerable.  Any massive breakdown of civilization will see most of them perish.  In addition, our recording mediaπs engineered obsolescence affords our literature repeated opportunities to disappear.

Herculean efforts to transfer print media onto digital databases, (mostly meaningless megatons of accounting documents), will only mitigate this devastation.  In library after library, reluctant staffers dump truckloads of perfectly fine books and bibliographic materials into the nearest landfill.  Meanwhile, their MBA-certified weapon managers crow that theyπve achieved cost-cutting goals.  In the future, preserving old ideas especially idiosyncratic and culturally specific ones deviating from the mass media norm shall become private, oral and website responsibilities much more often than public, paper-published ones.  Since the technocrats refuse to do their obvious job, we will require many more bards, witches, griots and shamans, to assume these adult responsibilities.

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