Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Jay Walker's Library

This is terribly self-indulgent, but I had to do a post on one of the world's most perfect, and perfectly mad, libraries. It belongs to Jay Walker. You do know who Jay S. Walker is don't you? If not, go here and read about the founder of Priceline.com and Walker Digital whose net worth topped USD$4 billion around 2000 before the dot-com crash.

I am not sure how much money Jay spent on his 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle, 1535 Coverdale Bible, 1660 celestial atlas by Andrea Cellarius, 1665 Micrographia by Robert Hooke or his Kelmscott Chaucer, but I doubt it was as much as he spent on his very own Sputnik, Enigma code machine and complete dinosaur skeleton (a raptor no less). I think it is also unlikely that their value crashed quite as hard as his Priceline shares. Perhaps this is what encouraged him to build a 335 square meter (3,600 square feet) library....