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Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Wolfenbüttel is famous for its Herzog August Bibliothek (Library), located on Lessingplatz. This large building houses over 900,000 books and volumes of various ages and covering all topics. 350,000 of these date from the 15th to 18th centuries. It is most notable, however, for containing the world’s most valuable book – Heinrich der Löwe’s Gospel Book. This was created between 1174 and 1189. The library has existed in various forms since the Middle Ages.
Often I lose myself in such distances and numbers that I fear
I shall never find myself again.
But unexpectedly the opposites fuse in a poem.
From the century’s amorphous nebulae in the Self
a new star was born,
in convincing unity.
And the expanding universe of poetry
continues to baffle the astrologers.
— Ondra Lysohorsky
1. You never leave home without a book.
2. In fact, you may or may not have been known to show up at restaurants, movie theaters, and bars, with a book in tow.
3. The idea of moving is a profound source of stress, if only because you can’t imagine sorting, packing, and lifting your stacks of prized hardcovers.
4. This might be because you have issues with letting go of your prized editions, and could probably be diagnosed as a hoarder.