Bill Bryson, At Home
Yet after the British burned the new nation's library during the War of 1812, Jefferson offered to sell his entire library as a replacement. It amounted to 6,487 books, for which he received $23,900. The librarians were unimpressed with many of his books, which covered such topics as cooking, wine making and art that they weren't interested in. Others were in foreign languages or were of an "immoral and irreligious nature."
After that, Jefferson set about building a new library with the money he got from his old one, while the Library of Congress used his books as the start of what was to become the largest library in the world, now including more than 115 million books, many of them about such topics as cooking, wine making and art.