30 September 2004

Now that's a bibliophilist!

Such was his love of learning that the scholarly grand vizier Abdul Kassem Ismael (935-995) of Persia never left home without his personal library. On his many travels as a statesman and warrior, Ismael traveled with 400 camels who carried his 117,000 volume library wherever he went. Even so, his personal librarians could locate any book almost immediately, because the animals were trained to walk in alphabetical order.

-From Abdul Kassem Ismael

I always take too many books with me when I travel, but I am sure this guy gets the prize!

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