Kurt Thometz as The Private Library has provided curatorial services to book collectors since 1980. These services include providing, arranging and cataloging books, database development, appraisal, bibliographic research, and conservation. Mr. Thometz's career as a private librarian has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Avenue, New York, Town and Country and Estelle Ellis' book, At Home With Books.

Cataloguing Mrs. Astor’s Library, 1988


Useful Advice

Collection Development

In the early Nineteen-fifties the poet, novelist and editor Raymond Queneau circulated a pamphlet with an overview of the best books and authors. He asked 200 authors, 99 per cent French, to select their 100 top choices. Then he assembled the results and published a book called Pour Une Bibliothèque Idéale (Gallimard, 1956). Fortunately, this […]

Bibliothèque Idéale

A list of books that have contributed to my understanding, with the understanding that it could be different on the next blue moon. Homer: The Iliad (850 B.C.) Herodotus: Histories (480-425 B.C.) Plato: Dialogues (427-348 B.C.) Aeschylus: Oresteia (459 B.C.) Sophocles: Oedipus (496-406 B.C.) Lycophron: Alexandra (285-247 B.C.) Vergil: Aeneid (19 B.C.) The Bible Petronius: The […]

Organizing the Library

A good library arrangement is not achieved at once, but is a slow growth through difficulties met and conquered. Unlike the strict arrangement the Dewey Decimal System imposes on an academic or professional library, a private library requires an attractive appearance as well as an order that can be intuited. Imposing a coherent, cohesive and […]

On Collecting

Style reveals the man. The building of a library is an act of style, an expression of what we are and a good measure of who we are. Collecting is an act of self-realization. One collects books and builds a library to create an intensified environment. It is a philosophical statement as this room is […]