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Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016
Library interior in 1963

Library interior in 1963.

Photo credit: By Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Morgan Library & Museum – formerly the Pierpont Morgan Library – is a museum and research library in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. It was founded to house the private library of J. P. Morgan in 1906, which included manuscripts and printed books, some of them in rare bindings, as well as his collection of prints and drawings. Today the library is a complex of buildings which serve as a museum and scholarly research center. The most internationally significant part of the collection is its relatively small but very select collection of illuminated manuscripts, and medieval artworks such as the Stavelot Triptych and the metalwork covers of the Lindau Gospels. The manuscript collection also includes authors' original manuscripts, including some by Sir Walter Scott and Honoré de Balzac, as well as the scraps of paper on which Bob Dylan jotted down "Blowin' in the Wind" and "It Ain't Me Babe". It also contains a large collection of incunabula, prints, and drawings of European artists—Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough, Dürer, and Picasso; early printed Bibles, among them three Gutenberg Bibles; and many examples of fine bookbinding.

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