The Morgan Library and Museum

by davidbjensen

The East Room, the original library.

The West Room, Pierpont Morgan's study

In two words, quintessential elegance!  The Morgan Library and Museum, which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of rare books, manuscripts, drawings, prints, and art artifacts from antiquity in virtually every medium, has undergone a fairly recent restoration to bring back it’s original grandeur.  In addition to retrofitting the lighting system, which now employs LED lighting for purposes of optimum preservation, the renovation has also included cleaning marble surfaces and ornamentation, refurbishing original fixtures, reupholstering period furniture, and installing new, beautifully crafted display cases.  All rooms of the original 1906 library are now available for public viewing.

Among  a few seasonally appropriate items currently on display is a first-edition copy of A Christmas Carol, in the “Charles Dickens at 200” exhibition.

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This classic novel, completed by Dickens in just six weeks, was originally printed in London by Chapman and Hall.  The first print run of 6,000 copies was released on December 17, 1843.  By Christmas Eve that year, all copies had sold out!  Click here to view a page-by-page digital facsimile of a signed, hand-written manuscript held at the Morgan.

Also on display in the Rotunda is an original sheet music printing of “The One Horse Open Sleigh.”  Commonly known as “Jingle Bells,” the song was originally composed by Pierpont Morgan’s uncle, James Lord Pierpont, in the 1850s.  This has become one of the most recognized holiday songs ever written!

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 ‘Tis the season!…