Top 1000 Library Books

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OCLC tracks library collections and was ripe for the picking to determine the popularity of books in libraries. There's now a top 1000 of books in member libraries (which has got to be most of the good ones, since the OCLC service is the best at the sort of thing it's designed for, and I can't imagine a modern library without it). Here's the top 10:

1. 2000 Census
2. The Bible
3. Mother Goose
4. Dante, The Divine Comedy
5. Homer, The Odyssey
6. Homer, The Iliad
7. Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
8. William Shakespeare, Hamlet
9. Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Other items whose relative positions are of note:
18. Garfield
28. John Buyan, Pilgrim's Progress
47. Lucretius, On the Nature of Things (highest philosophical work)
256. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
257. U.S. Constitution
284. Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
285. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
304. C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
312. Augustine, City of God
429. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
571. Aristotle, Metaphysics
578. Jean Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Faith
620. (Tim LaHaye and) Jerry Jenkins, Left Behind
708. Frank Herbert, Dune
935 Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place

For more on the philosophical works in the list, see my OrangePhilosophy post.

Hat Tip: Crooked Timber

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