Notes on a Country Library

Notes on a Country Library

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Seal Harbor, ME: High Loft, 1981. [9] pp. Approximately 5 1/4 x 8 1/2". LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies. Brown stiff paper covers with title and woodcut in a boxed border on front cover, stitched binding, printed, & bound at High Loft by August Heckscher, woodcuts by Nancy McCormick, minor corner creasing, in fine conditon.

August Heckscher II (1913 - 1997) was an American author, correspondent, speech writer and biographer as well as an arts consultant in the White House during John F. Kennedy's administration. He was also a NY parks commisioner among other things during his diverse career. He wrote a well-known biography of Woodrow Wilson. This sweet little pamphlet tells a more personal story of what kinds of books should be in a country library, being that "the essence of a country library is that it should be for browsing, full of surprises, its treasures appearing as if by chance and then losing themselve irrecoverably for a while." First printed in The Christian Science Monitor, September 1974. Worldcat shows only 3 library holdings. (as of 1/20)

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