The Wolf Among Us
“I thought we were all supposed to have a fresh start here. I can’t change the past.”
Chateau de Fontainebleau - La Bibliothèque de Napoléon. The library was built in 1808 in the old games room apartments of Louis XVI, a large part of the decor dating from 1786 is still in place (wood and top-of-door painter Sauvage). The library reserved for the exclusive use of Napoleon was one of the places where he loved to retire to work. With the stairs, the room communicates directly with the workroom of the Emperor on the first floor (by bernardk_78)
Largest Law Library Building in the World. Gothic-structured University of Michigan Law Library has a 50-foot cathedral ceiling, huge stained-glass windows, oak wainscoting, and cork floors. Renovation in the 90’s added more spaces for books containing for up to 475,000 volumes. The Jackier Rare Book Room alone shelves up to 25,000 volumes of old books! (Photo by Dominic Bow)
The private bibliothéque of the Château de Groussay, Montfort-l’Amaury, France. The Château was built in 1815 by the duchesse de Charest, a daughter of Louise Elisabeth de Croÿ-Havré, marquise de Tourzel, the governess of the royal enfants de France of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
The Bibliothèque Mazarine. The Bibliothèque Mazarine, which in 1945 was joined to the Institut de France, located since 1805 in the Collège des Quatre-Nations, is dependent on the French Ministry of Education. The Bibliothèque Mazarine’s reading room, restored between 1968 and 1974, recreates the surroundings of an important XVIIth century library and, over three hundred and fifty years after its foundation, remains an institution accessible to all, to the merely curious or the learned, nationals and foreigners. (photos by Remi Mathis)