Feast your eyes on the elegant grandeur of the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (known in English as the Royal Portuguese Reading Room or the Royal Cabinet), a 19th-century library in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Constructed from 1880 to 1887 under the direction of architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, the magnificent library has the distinction of holding the largest and most valuable collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal, with over 350,000 volumes filling its countless bookshelves.
Wear what you read, literary inspired cuffs by Accessoreads.
1. Library catalog, 2. Edgar Allan Poe, 3. Louisa May Alcott’s quote from Little Women, 4. Once Upon a Time, 5. Jane Austen’s quote from Northanger Abbey, 6. Cirero’s quote, 7. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s quote from his poem Morituri Salutamus, 8. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 9. St. Augustine’s quote. 10. Antique books.
When it’s cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.
And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips.
The inner secret, that which was never born,
you are that freshness, and I am with you now.
I can’t explain the goings,
or the comings. You enter suddenly,
and I am nowhere again.
Inside the majesty.
— Rumi, “The Freshness,” The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition. HarperOne, 2004