18 May 1990
Vol 248, Issue 4957

About The Cover

Reading room, Boston Athenaeum. Housed in a building that has been described as combining “the best elements of the Bodleian, Monticello, the frigate Constitution, a greenhouse, and an old New England sitting room,” the Athenaeum 183 after its founding “remains a retreat for those who would enjoy the humanity of books.” See page 870. [Photograph by B. Metta/Uniphoto]