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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Pierpont Morgan Library.
In august company.
New York : The Library, c1993
|All Authors / Contributors:||Pierpont Morgan Library.|
|ISBN:||0875980937 9780875980935 0810938634 9780810938632|
|Description:||310 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.|
|Contents:||Foreword / John Russell --
I. Paintings and Art Objects --
II. Ancient Near Eastern Seals and Tablets --
III. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts --
IV. Printed Books --
V. Children's Books --
VI. Bindings --
VII. Autograph Manuscripts --
VIII. Music Manuscripts --
IX. Gilbert and Sullivan Collection --
X. Drawings and Prints.
This book, written for the general reader and scholar alike, reproduces and discusses over 175 of the finest objects from the Library's richly diverse collections. An introductory section provides an account of the origins of the Library, when Pierpont Morgan - avowing that "no price is too high for an object of unquestioned beauty and known authenticity" - set out to form a collection of books, manuscripts, and drawings to rival those of the great aristocratic libraries of Europe. The elegant marble library he built in New York to house these collections, regarded as one of architect Charles F. McKim's finest achievements, is illustrated and discussed in detail as well.
The chapters devoted to the principal collections of the Library - drawings and prints, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, fine bindings, literary and historical autographs, music manuscripts, Gilbert and Sullivan materials, ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets, and paintings and art objects - are preceded by brief essays outlining the formation, content and scope of the Library's holdings in these fields. All of the major works that are discussed have detailed descriptions and are reproduced, many in color. The works you will find in this volume - often masterpieces of their kind - have been selected not only for their special qualities and importance but for the degree to which they represent the strengths and collecting interests of the Morgan Library today.
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