Personal libraries

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In libraries, personal libraries (TR:14) (LH:1) (TL:15), shortcut key: (PL:#), refers to libraries possessed or owned by individual people.


The following is the ranked-listing of Hmolpedia related person libraries:

# Person Books Notes
John Acton
60,000 (EPD:F3) Historian;
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
John Action (1887), “Letter to Mandell Creighton”, Apr 5

Action, at age 17, studied ecclesiastical history under Ignaz von Dollininger, who had a 30,000 book library. Shortly thereafter, he became friends with William Gladstone, who had a 60,000 book library. At one point, Gladstone, strapped for cash, sold his library collection Andrew Carnegie, who paid £9,000, but let Acton keep the books, with which he used to write an essay on history, posthumously published.[1]

Holbach 75.png Baron Holbach
(232-166 BE)
(1723-1789 ACM)
3,000+ At the Holbach salon, in the 1750s to 1770s.
Richard Weiss
(c.22 BE-56 AE)
(c.1937-2011 ACM)
2,000+[2] The most developed part of his library, cataloged online, with illustration, and for sale by Jeff Weber Rare Books, was on the writings of Camille Flammarion and Amedee Guillemin (1826-1893), including: Charles Sherrington's person copy of the Letters of Charles Darwin, correspondence of Louis Agassiz, Svante Arrhenius’ two-volume The Life of the universe: as Conceived by Man from the Earliest Ages to the Present, three books by Florian Cajori, Jacques Cassini’s Elements of Astronomy, and works by: Francesco Algarotti, and many more, mostly scientific.[3]
Libb Thims
(17- AE)
A 30 Sep 2015 photo of Thims' then 1,300+ book personal library, aka the "hard drive" of Hmolpedia", contained in 39 banana boxes and 6 egg boxes; next to one of Thims' 10 so-called "snake book shelves", of his own design, which are on wheels, self-standing (no back wall needed, and can be moved around, easily, fully-loaded with books.

In 2002 to 2015, Thims ordered 945 books from Amazon, most of which listed online[4], surrounding research into human chemical thermodynamics; some of which are grouped as follows:

Prior to his (see: progress report), beginning in about 1990, Thims began to amass books in a general Faustian quest for knowledge, starting with general science, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering, all of the required reading books for medical school.

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  1. (a) Hill, Roland. (1999). Lord Action: Illustrated. Yale.
    (b) Noonan, John T. (2000). “The Last Victorian: a New Biography of Lord Action Finds he is Still a Bit of a Mystery?”, New York Times, Oct 22.
  2. (a) Comment: "Weiss' library, my portion of it, comes to 725 books (titles, not volumes -- many were sets. The individual "volumes" (i.e., an 8 volume set is 8 volumes...) -- so his library was "larger" and I never saw another part to it, but I can tell from his career and the content of these books, that he maintained a working - a scholar's library, probably equal to that of any life-long professional in physics and math: my guess, another 1000 books for his personal studies and professional work. So his vocational library and his 'fun' in book collecting might be separate, but he should have had 2000 volumes and maybe some added journals as well."
    (b) Weber, Jeff. (2021). "Email to Libb Thims", Feb 28.
  3. (a) Weber, Jeff. (2018). “Books from the Scientific Library of Richard A. Weiss, Part One” (pdf), Jeff Weber Rare Books.
    (b) Weber, Jeff. (2018). “Books from the Scientific Library of Richard A. Weiss, Part Two” (pdf), Jeff Weber Rare Books.
  4. Libb Thims (books read) – Hmolpedia 2020.

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