Morgan Library, New York, NY

“No price is too high for an object of unquestioned beauty and known authenticity.”  Pierpont Morgan

The Morgan Library is beautiful. Built in the early twentieth century to house the huge collection of literary treasures amassed by Pierpont Morgan, patriarch of the New York banking dynasty. Three tiers of stacks accessed by secret staircases concealed behind the shelves. A bibliophile’s fantasy world complete with a huge stone fireplace.  Can’t you just imagine old Pierpont  poring over his Gutenberg Bible, propped up on an elaborate chaise longue, next to a roaring fire?

On display during my visit were some beautiful illustrated manuscripts, Charles Dickens handwritten draft of A Christmas Carol and Mozart’s first published manuscript.  Like I said, beautiful.




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