Poeticon Astronomicon. U.S. NAVAL OBSERVATORY JAMES M. GILLISS LIBRARY

Sarah Laskow writes for Atlas Obscura about 13 Wonderfully Specific Libraries Reveal Their Oldest Treasures.

“We love libraries like these, and we wanted to know more about the secrets they hold. So we contacted 13 of the world’s wondrously specific libraries and asked: What’s the oldest item in your collection?

When we asked the same of larger libraries, we learned about ancient cookbooks, illuminated gospels, Greek studies of plants, and a good number of cuneiform tablets. These smaller libraries had an even wilder range of treasures to tell us about.”

Read more here.