What books are worth having, keeping, collecting? Richard Macksey has amassed an unusually large collection and it expresses and defines who he is, to his core.
Inside Richard Mackseyâ€™s house, books are literally everywhere. They stretch from floor to ceiling, filling the house and spilling into the garage. For over half a century, Macksey has inspired his students at Johns Hopkins, stirring in them a love of literature and the arts. Comprising more than 70,000 books, a large collection of manuscripts, and some art works all worth an estimated $4 million, Macksey has bequeathed his entire collection to the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries.â€
I, on the other hand, am working on keeping less. Unless I can put my hands on anything and everything, a physical library loses its utility. And moving books is no fun. So, I’m in pursuit of the fine balance of having what I need available to accomplish my goals, research and projects vs. knowing where and how to get the information if I don’t â€œownâ€ it.
But I love his library (and what he’s done with it), regardless.