States Dyckman amassed two libraries of books in his lifetime. The first, acquired during his 10-year stay in London in the late 1700s, featured 1,394 volumes. Years later, as a result of his extravagant lifestyle and increasingly limited resources, he was forced to sell this collection in 1793. Today, 500 of these books, many still bearing Dyckman’s bookplate, are back on the shelves at Boscobel. Dyckman’s replacement library, collected at the end of his second trip to England, contained about as many books as the first. Most, however, were destroyed in a fire in the 19th century.

The furniture collection on display in the Library at Boscobel includes a mahogany bookcase attributed to Duncan Phyfe’s workshop with exquisite details including fanciful lion-mask knobs and Gothic tracery. It is considered to be the first piece of American furniture to bear a coat of arms in its design. The lyre back chair and dog-paw footed easy chair, or bergere, are attributed to Duncan Phyfe. According to family tradition, the center table was used by James Kirke Paulding to write the famous “Salmagundi Papers.”

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