A Collection of Book Collectors
Coming to auction next month is a dazzling collection, notable for its first editions, modern illuminated manuscripts, and beautiful bindings. There’s a Nuremberg Chronicle, a Second Folio, and a Fourth Folio. Plus Arthur Conan Doyle, Samuel Johnson, and Mary Shelley, just to name a few of the stars.
It is the library of American lawyer Edward R. Leahy. “Quietly assembled with taste and discernment over more than a half century, the authors and the works are important, and the copies in this collection are particularly noteworthy for their extraordinary condition and provenance,” according to the Christie’s.
What I find interesting about it, though, is how many famous book collectors it also brings together. Those represented include Phoebe Boyle, Jerome Kern, A. Edward Newton, Estelle Doheny, H. Bradley Martin, Richard Manney, William E. Self, and Cornelius Hauck. Here are some highlights: