Have you been yet to Loome Theological Booksellers? Today’s the day.
I learnt of this place from Brandon Vogt’s piece, Why Catholic Books Still Matter: An Interview with Christopher Hagen.
See especially this article by the bookstore’s founder: “Bare ruin’d choirs where late the sweet birds sang.” Read it—sorry for this—and weep.
What the English Jesuits disposed of so casually shocks me even now. Included in the 30,000 or so volumes were, for example, well over 500 titles representing publications on Jesuit missionary activity in the Far East. These included incredibly rare 16th century imprints as well as later monographs into the late 19th century. It was one of the most extraordinary and valuable collections I have myself ever handled. This collection was immediately sold to the National Library of Australia in Canberra, at a price I know now to have been far too modest.
What a terrific selection they have!