Worn books, hidden paths, striking vistas, and displaced machinery- an accumulation of images from, inspired by, and relevant to the ages of Myst.

"I invented a desk in which the books I had to study were arranged in order at the beginning of each term… after the minutes allowed for dressing had elapsed, a click was heard and the first book to be studied was pushed up from a rack below the top of the desk, thrown open, and allowed to remain there the number of minutes required. Then the machinery closed the book and allowed it to drop back into its stall, then moved the rack forward and threw up the next in order, and so on, all the day being divided according to the times of recitation, and time required and allotted to each study."

John Muir’s Clockwork Study Desk | Wisconsin Historical Society

(Source: Flickr / vige)


The Chained Library of Zutphen

I took these pictures during a visit to the 16th-century chained library of Zutphen, in the east of the Netherlands. It is one of three such libraries still in existence in Europe. Nothing much has changed here for 550 years.

More info: http://www.librije-zutphen.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=14&Itemid=111

Something about a library of chain-bound books is so very, very D’ni.

Untitled | Aurélien Vinot
Fermoir 2 | Atelier de Betty
More sexy old books for you guys.
Ancient Pages | Brandy Faulkner
I haven’t posted sexy old books in a while, let’s fix that.

The Great Wall | Guy Laramee

Let’s look at some more of this gorgeous nonsense.  Hot damn.

(Source: guylaramee.com)

Biblios | Guy Laramee

Such a brilliant idea, and definitely one I’d like to steal for my own nefarious purposes- the idea of Linking Books carved to look like their respective Ages seems pretty keen.

(Source: guylaramee.com)

concept art for the Stockholm Public Library.

(thanks to reelah for letting me know that it’s concept art!)

concept art for the Stockholm Public Library.

(thanks to reelah for letting me know that it’s concept art!)

(Source: karuhhhh, via memoryofearth)

Hand-bound leather books by Benjamin Castro

Benjamin Castro is pretty local to where I live, so I have definitely considered tracking him down and stealing his mad book-binding skills.

…Or commissioning him.  Whichever’s easier.

Old Library, St. John’s College, Cambridge.