Norton's Literary Almanac For; Containing Important Literary Information

Norton's Literary Almanac For; Containing Important Literary Information

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...deep recesses, in nder to secure the same efect. These consist primarily of six, occupying the central portion and admitting light to the Library-Hall, placed three above and three below a given point; the upper connected with the lower by columns supported by figures representing the genii of literature. The remaining windows are two in number, one on each side of the entrance, and connected with the Lecture-Room. The first floor contains the Lecture and Reading-Rooms, with accommodations for 500 persons. The latter are located on either side of the building, and separated from the Library-Hall stairway at the front entrance by two corridors leading to the rear vestibule, and from thence to the Lecture-Room, &.c. The basement contains the Keeper's Rooms, cellars, coal vaults, furnaces for warming, &.c. The floors are composed of richly wrought mosaic work, resting on iron beams. A single flight of thirty-eight Italian marble steps, decorated on either side of the entrance by a stone sphinx, leads nearly to the centre of the Library-Hall in the second story. This is surrounded by fourteen brick piers, plastered and finished in imitation of Italian marble, and supporting iron galleries midway between the floor and the ceiling. By four iron spiral stairways from the corners of the room the main gallery is reached, and the intermediate gallery of a lighter description is connected with the main gallery by eight staircases. The whole are very ingeniously arranged, and appropriately ornamented in a style corresponding with the general architecture of the building. At an elevation of 51 feet above is the principal sky-light, 54 feet long by 14 broad, and formed of thick glass set in iron. Besides this, are circular side skylights of...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506030
  • 9781236506030