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"Maid Reading in a Library" by Edouard John Mentha (late 19th - early 20th century).

Thomas a Kempis. Opera. Nuremberg, 1494 This volume, one of a very few existing examples of a chain binding, still retains the remnant of the hand-wrought chain which fastened it securely to a shelf. At the time of the publication of this book in the 1490s, books were so valuable that they were often chained in place to foil thieves. #Books #Libraries

American History Room in New York Public Library (1944)

US Patent Office library, circa 1925