Report: ‘Zany’ For Proust: Brazilian Builds Massive Manuscript Library
Stepping through the piles of books and fireproof document cases that line his overflowing three-storey home library, Brazilian collector Pedro Correa do Lago is the first to admit his life’s passion is a bit crazy.
“I ought to be in a straightjacket,” laughs the 64-year-old art historian as he gives a tour of his house in Rio de Janeiro, home to what he says is the world’s largest private collection of manuscripts.
“It’s a virus, an illness… My wife says manuscript sellers are my ‘dealers,’” he says, showing a visitor around the home in the upscale Gavea neighborhood where he recently moved, along with the more than 100,000-piece collection he has spent his life amassing.
In 2018, the Morgan Library in New York dedicated an exhibit to his collection, putting 140 of his documents on display, including a Michaelangelo drawing, a letter from Gustave Flaubert to Victor Hugo, another that Mozart wrote to his father, manuscripts by Einstein, Newton and Darwin, and a 12th-century parchment.
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