The Last Day of Pompeii. Painting by Karl Brullov, 1830–1833 (via Wikipedia)
As this is by definition a blog for people who are serious readers, I thought I would share something.
If you had not heard, there is an effort underway to read the many charred scrolls available at the site of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy in A.D. 79, and it seems to be actually succeeding. And here is a speculative article on the kinds of books that might be recovered.
I found both links via the Marginal Revolution blog.