Education: LIBRARIES: London's Surfeit of Riches

London's Surfeit of Riches

People just love to give things to the British Museum. In the past two years, the squat Greek Revival treasure house on London's Great Russell Street has acquired, among other things, a 5,000-year-old porphyry frog from Egypt, a $1,000,000 collection of historical playing cards, the prow of a Viking ship, some rare 17th century music manuscripts, original letters of Kipling and Yeats, a mosaic pavement from ancient Rome—not to mention a copy of every book published in Great Britain.

Small wonder that space is almost as precious to the British...

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