Winter 2016

The Populist Poet

Our exclusive interview with US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

By Mark Athitakis

Inside Downton Abbey’s Library

As the much-admired drama series begins its final season, you are invited to step inside the library of Highclere Castle, aka the real “Downton Abbey.”

By Martha Steger

Gently Mad

A Passion for Romantics

The Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University


The Folger’s First Folio Tour

book CA Book Fair

art Patriots’ Portraits

object PostSecret


Shackleton and the Heroic Age

Aurora Australis peaks

In View

Behold the Lowly Snapshot

Vernacular photography on exhibit

Beyond the Basics

The Bibliotheca Americana Vetustissima

This 150-year-old bibliography of Americana remains relevant

In the Library

Now Playing

Shakespeare in Print and Performance

Fine Maps

How the West Was Mapped

Lewis and Clark defined the American West


I Spy … Sci-Fi

A roundup of first editions, manuscripts, and fine art

On the Block


The Robert S Pirie collection at Sotheby’s

How I Got Started

Commonplace Books

Collector Jerry R. O’Conor