Bookshelf of the Week: Personal library of a typophile

The Personal Library of David S. Rose. Picture credit: Nick Sherman

I always look lovingly at shots of impressive personal libraries, because aside from anything else they offer a glimpse of possibility; that with focus, effort and sadly a ton of money, any bibliophile can own their own private and wholly impressive personal library.

I’m sure such a realisation is a long way off for me, so in the meantime I’ll continue to satisfy my craving by admiring the libraries of others. And the focus for this week’s featured Bookshelf of the Week, certainly is one to be admired.

This is the personal library of The Typophiles president David S. Rose. An entrepreneurial letterpress printer and graphic designer, David Rose is probably best known for the publication of his book, Introduction to Letterpress Printing. Rose is also noted for being an avid book collector, and the fruits of Rose’s bookish collecting endeveours can well and truly be seen in this great shot of his library, as taken by Nick Sherman.

What I love most about Rose’s library is probably it’s neatness and serenity. It also reminds me of the Classics library at the University of St. Andrews, where I spent many a happy hour deep in thoughtful study.

Rose’s library is certainly a place where I could also feel really comfortable in, although in all honesty I would probably replace the sofa and the coffee table with a nice oak study desk.

Anyway thanks for taking a great shot Nick, and for sharing it.

Thoughts? Comments?

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. Like you, I’d get rid of the sofa and probably put in some sort of desk. This room is lovely, and I know why he has glass-fronted bookcases, but I wouldn’t have them in my own library. I just don’t like the idea of glass between me and my books. 🙂

  2. I’m fine with the sofa, the ladder, the desk and lamps; all I’d want is to get rid of the glass covers. Not only is it strange to have something getting in the way (Cathy, looks like we’re on the same page here), but the light reflects off of it uncomfortably and I’d much rather just see the spines direct. Aside from that, though, this is basically the type of library I’ve always dreamed I’d have. Maybe a little neater than mine would be (the coffee table would probably have a few books scattered on it…), but absolutely beautiful.

  3. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    @Cathy – That’s interesting. See I quite like the glass because it wold keep down on the dusting. I’m thrilled you agree on replacing the sofa with a desk. You’re a utilitarian like me 🙂

    @Biblibio – It does seem a little too tidy doesn’t it? I hope it isn’t just a showcase library. But looking at Mr. Rose’s profession, I don’t think it would be.

    It’s also interesting you’d get rid of the glass too.’ve thought about this one long and hard – “the light reflects off of it uncomfortably and I’d much rather just see the spines direct.”

    Thanks for your input guys


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