So here’s the weird part – the very next day niece Amy posted a picture of that library on Facebook. Complete coincidence. Startled me.
Some of the most beautiful libraries I’ve seen –
The Huntington in Pasadena – that’s where I saw an original
manuscript in the handwriting of Henry Thoreau, and its margin a penciled
notation by a frantic printer – “CAN’T READ”.
The Beinicke at Yale – those exterior panels are all thin marble, and on the sunny day we visited, the interior was glowing. The free-standing central glass tower, which was illuminated that day, rose like the shrine to the book it is – and as I happened to have my binoculars, I even located, about three stories down, a first edition of
Pride and Prejudice – three volumes, red leather.
The Peabody Music Stack Room – back in the 1980s I when I was book-touring (“we have the author in the studio”), my escort in Baltimore said “I’m just going to park here, all I’m telling you is go in to this building and turn to the first door on the right.”
J. P. Morgan’s Study – best spot in all of
. One of his three (!) Gutenberg Bibles is
displayed open in that dusky quiet room.
I believe it is still, after more than 500 years, the most beautiful book
ever printed. Manhattan