Posted on 07/07/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We can’t decide whether to envy or pity Professor Chris Browne, who owns 12,00 books.

Why pity? He told the Age, which profiled his impressive book collection, that he no longer visits the library, since he has all the reading material he could possibly need at his two homes.

But don’t let the size of his own library mislead you — he’s no grubby hoarder surrounded by piles of ratty old paperbacks.

Browne owns a number of rare tomes, such as a first-edition Charles Dickens work that was owned by a man who died on the Titanic, and no matter how special or ordinary the book, he has a story about it.

Learn how Browne came to own 12,000 books in the Age.

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