Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Feb. 27
Americana from Copley Library Will Be Auctioned in New York
The New York Times today (Jan. 16) relates how items from La Jolla's now-for-sale James S. Copley Library, 1134 Kline Street, will be on display at Sotheby's in New York City until next Saturday. Beginning April 2011, there will be a series of eight auctions to sell the artifacts. Included are such gems as a note from Mark Twain to his publisher: "Charley, your proof-reader is an idiot; & not only an idiot, but blind; & not only blind, but partly dead." There is a message that Abraham Lincoln wrote to his procrastinating Civil War General George B. McClellan; a handwritten manuscript of a 1932 lecture by Albert Einstein, and many more items from the collection, that the Times calls "astonishing." Copley Press put the building up for sale last fall, as reported on this blog.