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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 37, September 12, 1999, Article 7

ON MOVING A LIBRARY  

   Speaking of packing books, a couple of years ago I wrote 
   an Asylum article on moving a numismatic library, based 
   on my experiences with moving  my own library three times. 
   Last weekend I helped one of  our subscribers, 
   E. Tomlinson Fort, pack up what he often calls  "The Fort 
   Memorial Numismatic Library"  

   Since he's planning to rearrange his library when he gets 
   into his new house, he cheerfully disregarded all of my 
   anal-retentive box numbering advice.  Where I would have 
   said, "books from THIS shelf of THIS bookcase go in THIS 
   box," Tom's philosophy was, "if it fits in THIS box, then 
   it goes in THIS box."  

   All of which made the task a bit easier, but packing over 
   80 boxes is never easy.  Having visited his new home, I 
   must admit I'm jealous of the spacious room set aside for 
   his office and library.  He and his wife are shopping for 
   busts of Roman Emperors to place atop the shelves, in true 
   classical fashion.  Tom admits he is not the first to use 
   this decorating scheme for a library - can any of you 
   biblophiles identify the famous source for this plan? 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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