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A man sits writing at a desk in a corner of a study
He is surrounded by a thousand volumes, and is compiling one, in which there will not be a line of his own.

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A man sits at a desk in a corner of a study, using one hand to prop up a book open against the wall facing him and the other to write with a quill.
The caption reads in the original French: Il est entouré de mille volumes et il en compose un où il ne met rien du sien.

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