Now, by way of consolation, here are a few libraries I snapped at the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. The pictures are crappy because a) they’re taken with my phone, and b) these intricately hand-crafted “rooms” are not much bigger than a shoebox diorama. But they are amazing. (The fibers you see in the rug below are single threads.)
English library of the Queen Anne period, 1702-1714:
English rotunda and library of the Regerncy period, 1810-20:
French library of the Modern period, 1930s:
And here's one I pulled off the interwebs for scale:
If you're ever at the Art Institute, go see the Seurat and American Gothic and all the other highlights, but by all means, make sure you hit the Thorne Miniatures on the Lower Level. They'll blow your mind.