As the New York Times reported today, some sleuthing by a scholar at Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson’s Libraries discovered that 74 volumes at the Washington University in St. Louis were, unbeknown that institution, from the personal library of Thomas Jefferson during the final stage of his life.
Jefferson had several libraries – after the Library of Congress was burned during the War of 1812, he sold his books to the Library in order to rebuild it. He soon began building a new personal library, which was auctioned off by his heirs a few years after his death. Jefferson often wrote in his books, and his notes are of great interest to scholars. In addition, there is an undeniable thrill in holding one of Jefferson’s books in your hands. (Want that thrill for your very self? We are currently offering another of Jefferson’s books, from the same “retirement library,” at Between the Covers.)