Beyond the Bookplate: Fire and Philosophy

“On the evening of September 17, 1908, the library suffered a loss…on the building [and]…contents by a fire which started in the south end of the so-called ‘stack-room,’ occupying the northwest corner of the fourth floor of McCoy Hall…The corridor leading to the Main Library and also the loft and tower above this floor were ablaze, […]

Beyond the Bookplate: Small-timore, 19th-Century Style

It is 1850, and an unidentified chronicler sits amidst the Greek Revival architecture of the Mondawmin Estate, awaiting the start of the third auction to empty the 10-year-old mansion of its contents. The multi-day auction had been advertised in the Baltimore Sun, and the prior days have seen the sales of considerable collections of furnishings, fine art, wines, […]