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CollectionsYour library (1,024), Berlioz (79), Currently reading (5), Read but unowned (7), All collections (1,028)

Reviews21 reviews

TagsHistory of the book (177), Dutch literature (114), Children's literature (110), History (94), English literature (73), Biography (58), Classical music (57), Reference (52), 1001 books (49), Art (48) — see all tags

MediaNot set (353), Book (674), Paper Book (543), Sound Recording (1), CD sound recording (1)

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About meI'm a history and literature buff, so most of my reading is in that direction. I mostly read (older) classics, though I also like some modern novelists. To me books reflect (an aspect of) society: this is very obvious in one of my all-time favourites, War and Peace, but also in the wonderful Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (a true heir to Jonathan Swift).

I graduated as a historian (middle ages) and followed up with a master in Library and Information Science. I now work in the historical City Library of Antwerp (Belgium) where I am responsible for the old books, books that were printed before 1830. For a booklover, it is the best job in the world. I am also a book historian, publishing academic articles now and then about the history of the book in Belgium and the Netherlands.

About my libraryMy library is too large for my appartment and is spread out over various rooms. Books are sometimes put in double lines on the shelves. Boxes and piles are everywhere. I really need to move to a bigger place with a proper library room. Or maybe to a library with living quarters.

I acquire books mostly on a 'it's-so-cheap!'-basis, meaning I have a lot of second-hand books, ex-library copies, old books, and a lot of softcover pocket books.

As to the contents, it's rather varied. A lot of it is literature, mostly classic novels. There's a lot on history in general and history of the book. I have some art books with fancy pictures, and a few bibliophile / private press editions. There's some poetry. There' are some trashy novels too. Most of my books are in Dutch but there are a lot in English too, some in French and German, one or two in Latin.

GroupsAncient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ask LibraryThing, Belgium, Biblical History, Book Collectors, Book History / Histoire du Livre, Book Listers UNITE!, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books in Books, Books on Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsPaul Auster, Hector Berlioz, Albert Camus, Louis Couperus, Gerrit Komrij, Terry Pratchett, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresDe Groene Waterman

Favorite librariesErfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Koninklijke Bibliotheek - National Library of the Netherlands, Plantin-Moretus Museum Main Library

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LocationAntwerp, Belgium

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Member sinceSep 26, 2007

Currently readingCorrespondance générale, I : 1803 - 1832 by Hector Berlioz
De langverwachte by Abdelkader Benali
Selected Works of Virginia Woolf by Virginia Woolf
Boekenwijsheid. Drie eeuwen kennis en cultuur in 30 bijzondere boeken by Jan Bos
Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy by Mario Biagioli

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