Jay Walker, creator of the insanely popular Priceline.com, spent a fortune to create the very best personal library in the world. In that he built the $1 billion “Library of Human Imagination” in his New England home – a multi-level 3,600 sq. ft facility with floating platforms, connected stairways, glass bridges, and tons of artifacts and books.
Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.) That edition of Chaucer … is it a Kelmscott? (Natch.) Gee, that chandelier looks like the one in the James Bond flick Die Another Day. (Because it is.) No matter where you turn in this ziggurat, another treasure beckons you—a 1665 Bills of Mortality chronicle of London (you can track plague fatalities by week), the instruction manual for the Saturn V rocket (which launched the Apollo 11 capsule to the moon), a framed napkin from 1943 on which Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his plan to win World War II. In no time, your mind is stretched like hot taffy.
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Now for a history lesson…
Congressional Space Medal of Honor given to Edward Higgins White who died in a pre-launch test of the first mission to the moon.
Apollo 16 lunar module surface checklist
Page from Bills of Mortality that show deaths from the plague in 1667.
Flag flown to the moon and back in the Apollo 11 mission.
Original backup to the first Sputnik satellite.
1800 hand-painted star atlas – The Uranometer.
17th century atlas page.
15th century Bible ivory cover.
1st edition Encyclopedia Britannica (1768).
Hand-painted Gilron political cartoon from London (1799).
Juvenile raptor skeleton.
Pages from Cellarius – the first celestial atlas with the Sun at the center of the solar system.
Dinosaur egg fossils.
Hand-painted illustration of Noah’s Ark from the Nuremburg Chronicles (circa 1493), the first illustrated history book.
Royal hand-painted copy of King George IV(circa 1834).
Photograph of Abraham Lincoln during his first presidential campaign.
1692 French map of North America.
Moon globe signed by 10/12 astronauts that walked on it’s surface.
Wooden Egyptian sarcophagus (approx. 1800 BC).
Replacement eyes from the American Civil War (circa early 1860′s).
Maseigni’s life-size painting of the human body (1806).
Napoleon commissioned on-site painting of one of his battles.