About Biblio

In this extensive photo essay, Natasha D’Schommer offers an intimate look at the Scheide Library and its previously unphotographed rare manuscripts, among them Beethoven’s sketchbooks, the Gutenberg Bible, J.S. Bach Cantata No. 33, and Emily Dickinson’s chocolate recipe.

Biblio is available at www.labyrinthbooks.com and www.amazon.com.

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About Natasha D’Schommer

Natasha D'SchommerNatasha D'Schommer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1972. She graduated from New England College in West Sussex, England, with a degree in English literature, and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Vermont College of Fine Arts. During this time, when D'Schommer was working as a photojournalist, she began photographing the Scheide Library. Landscape—and the landscape of the object—have been subjects of her photography for the past 15 years.

D'Schommer is a 2005 recipient of the McKnight Photography Fellowship. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter. For more about Natasha’s work, visit www.natashadschommer.com.

[Natasha’s] photographs provide a personal inventory of possessions and a record of a cloistered, rarified world that few will ever experience, except through her sensuous pictures.

- Elizabeth Carpenter
Curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

About The Scheide Library

William ScheideThe Scheide Library, privately owned by William H. Scheide, is associated with the Princeton University Library Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Located in the Firestone Library, it holds very significant collections of Bibles in manuscript and print, including a Gutenberg Bible and a 36-line Bible; medieval manuscripts and incunabula; printed books on travel and exploration; Americana; and music manuscripts of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Bill and Natasha

Natasha D’Schommer and William Scheide
Reading Catholicon (Johannes Balbus, Augsburg, Germany 1458).
Photo by Judith McCartin Scheide.


“Private jewel-box of a library at Princeton University.”

- The New York Times

“...the century-spanning documents and books come to life in all their elegance and beauty. ”

- The Trenton Times


The Schubert Club Museum
Opening weekend November 20-22, 2009
Landmark Center, St.Paul, MN
Book signing at Princeton Public Library
Friday, November 28, 2008; 2:30 – 4:30pm
65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ
Book signing at Labyrinth Books
Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 2pm
122 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ