"The surface of the desk was not visible. In places the books lay three or four deep. The floor was also littered with books. The room must have contained some three thousand volumes, of which at least a hundred were open, some lying horizontal, some at an angle of forty five degrees, and others vertical, opened at a favorite illustration and perched on top of bookshelves or supported ingeniously by pieces of string. The shelves reached in most places to the celling. Any space which remained was covered with photographs of statues or reproductions of paintings pinned edge to edge."