Lillian Vanous Nutt Room

Bibliophile:  Books from the E. Barrett Prettyman Jr. Collection

July 1st-August 8th, 2014

E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr., a distinguished lawyer in the District of Columbia, generously gave his remarkable and unique collection of over 1,000 inscribed books to the Greenfield Library in several installments, beginning in 1997. 

A true lover of books, Prettyman believes the value of a book is raised significantly if it is signed by its original author.  He believes books are even more valuable if they are inscribed with elaborate personal inscriptions. 

A true bibliophile, Prettyman decided that it would be best for his collection to be housed at a College that is also a lover of books. 

The Prettyman collection is an eclectic mix of books which spans from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century.  The collection includes, but is not limited to, books signed by important political figures artists, American, British, French and German literary authors, Nobel Prize winners, and contemporary authors.  The current exhibit showcases books signed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Mann, Harper Lee, William Faulkner, Albert Camus, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Salvador Dali, Jorge Luis Borges, Kenzaburo Oe, Franklin Roosevelt, Herman Hesse, Samuel Beckett, and more.

"Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, I hear them all at once. What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream"
- Mozart