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Imaginary Libraries In The City Of London

February 19, 2014
by the gentle author

The ever-ingenious Adam Dant has devised these illustrations, selected from his new book BIBLIOPOLIS, Imaginary Libraries in the City of London, proposing an alternative history for the Square Mile based upon Culture rather than Commerce. With each example, Adam has helpfully given us a photograph of the location today so that we may observe the remaining ‘evidence’ and share his vision of this strangely credible yet entirely fictitious version of the past.

The Subterranean Bovine Archive


The Bathhouse Library


The Walbrook Fluvial Shelves


The Guildhall Peripatecknicon Library


The Gresham Secretary


The Walbrook Stepped Library


The Candlewyke Lineamental Census


Gallic Oculus & Vitiarama


Stowe’s Raised Survey Diorama


Cheape Moralitorium


The Wall Reading Rooms


The Library By The Tree


The Debtors’ Library


The Library Of Compleat Replenishment


Jamaica Topoteque


Library On A Pole


Bibliothecque Incinis


An ape studies Adam Dant’s handsome new book

Copyright © Adam Dant

Signed copies from the hardback limited edition of three hundred copies of BIBLIOPOLIS, IMAGINARY LIBRARIES IN THE CITY OF LONDON are available direct from Adam Dant at £45 + £5 (postage & packing)

You may also like to take a look at

Adam Dant’s Map Of The Coffee Houses

Adam Dant’s Map of Walbrook

Adam Dant’s Map Of Budge Row

7 Responses leave one →
  1. February 19, 2014

    Oh, yes!

  2. February 19, 2014

    Phenomenal work! Very instructive to compare the old with the new sights.

    Would like to find out more about the Walbrook Stepped Library (what’s that?) and the Wall Reading Rooms…

    Love & Peace

  3. Ellen in NEW England permalink
    February 19, 2014

    What is the place called now, where Mr. Dant put theDebtor’s Library? Could it be that once there was a debtor’s prison there?

    Dr. Francis Anthony, who was not, after all, my ancestor, went to the Compter Prison (Wood St.?) a few times for misbehaviour (and pride, not to mention dispensing toxic “medicines”).

  4. Roger Carr permalink
    February 19, 2014

    The photographs are also wonderful. Like the Paris photographs of Marville and Atget. Early morning light, empty and haunted.

  5. February 19, 2014

    what a wonderful project! love what he did with the “baths”.

    and the previous “london skies” post……oh – words don’t do those photos justice.

  6. February 20, 2014

    Another excellent production by Mr Dant.
    According to Borgesian principles, these libraries
    will be built in futurity.

  7. Miriam Pope permalink
    January 25, 2015

    Dear Gentle Author,
    Once again, I must launch this message in a bottle across the ocean.
    Thanks to you and now Adam Dant, for opening up the mind to the infinite possibilities, and history, around London, and therefore, the world. Tomorrow, when I return to my work as teacher-keeper of the lower school library here in Brooklyn, these fresh ideas will be further disseminated.

    Gentle reader

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