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The Morgan Library & Museum

Director’s Choice

Colin B. Bailey

    ISBN: 9781785512667

    Size: 6.5 x 7.5 inches; 190 x 165 mm

    Binding: Hardcover

    Pages: 104

    In association with:

    Date published: October, 2024

    UK £9.95 /US $14.95


  • Offers unique, personal insight about well-known works from the collection, as well as hidden gems. 
  • Bailey’s writing is accessible yet authoritative, and his tone is consistently engaging. 
  • The Library’s beautiful East Room, which features on the cover, has proven popular with buyers of similarly priced books on the museum and its collection.  
  • The book’s publication will coincide with Morgan’s centennial year as a public institution, a milestone that the museum will be actively promoting and is sure to gain attention in the press. 


In the latest addition to Scala’s popular Director’s Choice series, Director Colin B. Bailey introduces the reader to a sampling of the treasured works in The Morgan Library & Museum’s outstanding collection. A museum and independent research library located in the heart of New York City, the Morgan Library & Museum began as the personal library of financier, collector and cultural benefactor John Pierpont Morgan.

As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary and historical manuscripts, early printed books and old master drawings and prints. Music manuscripts, modern and contemporary works on paper and photography have been added to the collection as it has grown through the years. This beautifully illustrated volume offers a lively introduction to Bailey’s chosen works, providing unique and personal insights into the heart of this beloved collection.

Author information

Colin B. Bailey is Director of the Morgan Library & Museum. A specialist of 18th– and 19th-century French art, with a particular interest in Pierre Auguste Renoir,  he has also written extensively on the history of collecting.