Lot 359: James Lenox (1800-1880) of Lenox Library Fame
29 October 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: James Lenox (1800-1880) was an American bibliophile and philanthropist. His collection of paintings and books eventually became known as the Lenox Library and later became part of the New York Public Library in 1895. He went to Europe soon after his admission to the bar, and while abroad began collecting rare books, which, along with collecting art, became the absorbing passion of his life. For half a century, he devoted the greater part of his time and talent to forming a library and gallery of paintings not surpassed in value by any private collection in the New World. These, together with many rare manuscripts, marble busts and statues, mosaics, engravings, and curios, he conveyed in 1870 to New York City together with a massive building which he erected for their preservation. ALS, 1875, 1p, with original envelope, ordering a copy of something related to Harvard University, saying he will take a copy in half Morocco. VG.
Condition Report: VG