No, not fantasy fiction or art, but books suggested as treasures/magic items/white elephants for D&D or other FRPGs. I want to put together a big old list. Probably make it a sticky page of links.
Libraries turn up a fair amount in my games and I’d like to put together a master list of tables, lists, etc. of books that might be in a library, archive, wizard’s tower, cult temple, wealthy merchant’s home, whatever. Cursed tomes, orcish poetry, encyclopedias of underworld ecology, chronicles of dwarven grudges, exotic witch cookbooks, etc.
The post that got me started thinking about this is the excellent one at Grognardling’s blog: Looted libraries.
Depending on who is willing to participate/contribute, I’d like to collect as many as possible into a single document, maybe a community pdf.
I’ll begin going back through the links I’ve kept, and begin googling, but if you know of any good ones — lists or individual books–, leave a link in the comments, would you?
(Why “union catalog”? In the library world, there are “National union catalogs” that list (nearly) every book cataloged by libraries. For the USA, the Library of Congress began compiling a NUC in 1901, and in the 1960s published a list, in book form, of all pre-1956 books it discovered in the US libraries. This took well over half a million pages, and was a 754 volume alphabetical listing of titles. Another project compiled manuscripts — unpublished, unique documents, and so on. This ran to 29 volumes before they stopped doing print listings and went to microfilm and digital records. Some but not all of the books in these union lists are included in current online bibliographic databases. A few research libraries are holding on to their print copies for this reason.)