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Rosenbach Museum & Library
2008-10 Delancey Pl., Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Rosenbach is located within two 19th-century townhouses in Philadelphia. The historic houses contain the collections and treasures of Philip Rosenbach and his younger brother Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach. The brothers owned the Rosenbach Company, which became the preeminent dealer of rare books, manuscripts and decorative arts during the first half of the 20th century.
Dr. Rosenbach in particular was seminal in the rare book world, helping to build libraries such as the Widener Library at Harvard, The Huntington Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
In 2013, the Rosenbach became a subsidiary of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, but maintains its own board and operates independently of the public library system.
The Rosenbach documents a panorama of American and European culture through its vast historical, literary and artistic treasures.
One of the Museum's most valuable items is the handwritten manuscript of James Joyce's Ulysses. Famed author and illustrator Maurice Sendak chose the Rosenbach to be the repository for his work in thanks to shared literary and collecting interests. The archive of book illustration contains many fine medieval illuminations and drawings by the great 18th-century French masters such as François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste Le Prince and Hubert Gravelot.
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