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I stumbled across something amazing. I can only dream of opening one up myself:

Image credit: Mikael Risedal
Image credit: Mikael Risedal

A library is a book collection (byblos= book). A xilotheque is a wood collection (xylos= wood). " The Wooden Library in Alnarp is a unique collection of "books", each part describing a certain species or variety of tree or shrub. The collection consists of 217 volumes and was made in N├╝rnberg in Germany ca. 1805-1810.

Wooden libraries - or xylothek, from the Greek words for tree, xylon, and storing place, theke - flourished for a short period in history, around 1790-1810, mainly in Germany. They were a further elaboration of the cabinets of natural curiosities that was common during the 18th century, and consisted of simple pieces of wood specimens placed together in some kind of cupboard. In a refined form it took the shape of "books" where you could find details from the tree inside and arranged as a "library". Each &…