Amy Comegys left a bequest for the maintenance of materials in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania.
She was the daughter of Benjamin Bartus Comegys, President of The Philadelphia Bank and prominent Philadelphian. She and her father gave books from his personal library to Penn, knowing they would be treasured here.
In 1893 he wrote in A Tour Round My Library:
"...from my early youth I have been a lover of books, and though I make no claim to scholarship, the cultivation of a taste for general literature has been one of the chief pleasures of my life. The companionship of books has been, and is, among my most cherished companionships, and I love them as I love my friends."
His library is shown here on the right.
Materials purchased through this fund include:
- Sketch, from The landscape, a didactic poem : addressed to R.P. Knight esq[ui]r[e] with notes, illustrations, and a postscript.
- Marmora Arundelliana, siue, Saxa Graecè incisa : ex venerandis priscae orientis gloriae ruderibus, auspicijs & impensis herois illustriss. Thomae Comitis Arundelliae & Surriae, comitis marescalli Angliae, pridèm vindicata & in aedibus eius hortisque cognominibus, ad Thamesis ripam disposita : accedunt inscriptiones aliquot veteris Latij ex locupletissimo eiusdem vetustatis thesauro selectae, auctariolum item aliundè sumtum / publicauit & commentariolos adiecit Ioannes Seldenus I.C.
- Manuscript receipt book and household treasury, circa 1870-1874.
- Dictionnaire des graveurs anciens et modernes depuis l'origine de la gravure : avec une notice des principales estampes qu'ils ont gravʹees. Suivi des catalogues des oeuvres de Jacques Jordans, & de Corneille Visscher
- Mary Emma Jocelyn diary, 1851-1852.
- See additional titles purchased through this fund