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Sometime in 1910, according to an often-repeated story that has acquired the status of legend, William Augustus Spencer visited the new central building of the New York Public Library, still under construction at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

He was so impressed that he vowed there and then that he would bequeath his personal collection of fine illustrated books to the Library. He then returned home to Paris.

For his next visit to New York, in April 1912, he booked passage from Southampton, England, on the RMS Titanic.

Read the rest of Kathy Coblentz’s account of how the NYPL came to acquire the Spencer Collection (it’s more complex than you might think).

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