|Kinsey Marable & Co., now located in Charlottesville Virginia, specializes in furnishing distinctive libraries from New York and California to London and Paris. Seventeen years ago, Kinsey, then an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, gave up securities trading to deal in a more exotic commodity: rare and out-of-print books. Without a doubt, he is the premier American source for private libraries.
Architecture, fine arts, gardening and biography get heavy play in a Marable-commissioned library, but there’s plenty of history, fiction, interiors, decorative arts and the classics. For Oprah Winfrey, the ultimate bibliophile, he assembled a complete collection of first-edition Pulitzer Prize winners, and for another client, “The Best Books on Fashion and Style”. While he chooses every book for a collection, client’s also request their particular interests such as astronomy, science fiction and even true crime. “Books are meant to be read” could be his motto.
But his services also include cataloguing and organizing your collection, as well as providing conservation services and meticulous binding and leatherwork. Buying an entire collection and selling it intact is another aspect of the business. Libraries of Nancy Lancaster, and David and Evangeline Bruce are examples.
Clients also include the likes of Jon S. Corzine (his boss at Goldman and now New Jersey’s Governor), the designer Donna Karan, hedge-fund managers Tom Marsico and Philip Falcone, and others that run the gamut from the well-to-do to the well-informed. Many are introduced by eminent decorators and architects; Albert Hadley, Mark Hampton, Richard Keith Langham, and Steven Gambrel are just a handful. David Kleinberg of David Kleinberg Design Associates regularly refers clients to Marable. “I love how Kinsey sort of rustles up a collection of books that can be from the most esoteric to the most common. They’re unpretentious. They are for people who actually take the books off the shelves.” Charlotte Moss is another satisfied client. “We’re in sync” she says. “We have a sensitivity toward certain kinds of literature. When someone really understands your reading preferences, that’s a home-run relationship”.