The sale of the Library of Jacques Levy at Sotheby’s New York on 20 April will be the first time this remarkable private collection has been seen by the public. Mr. Levy was born in Istanbul in 1905 and educated in French schools. He lived for most of his life in New York City, but travelled extensively in Europe and South America. Always an engaged reader, Mr. Levy began collecting rare books during a business trip to Paris. He bought steadily, but always discreetly, from the Paris and New York trade from the beginning of the ‘forties until his death in 1980. His eclectic tastes are reflected in his library, which ranges from travel and atlases to 20th-century illustrated French books and from natural history to fine bindings. South American is particularly well represented in the library, not only in books, but in a fine group of original ethnographic watercolors.