Sylvia Beach in the upstairs apartment where she hid her books during the German occupation of Paris (1945) by David E. Scherman Beach (1887-1962), an American-born bookseller and publisher, opened an English language bookstore and lending library in Paris named Shakespeare and Company which attracted both French and American readers - including a number of aspiring writers. Shakespeare and Company gained considerable fame after it published James Joyce’s Ulysses in 1922, as a result
Zona Heaster Shue died in 1897 by what was called an "everlasting faint" but was soon given the name 'The Greenbrier Ghost' after she appeared to her mother and told her she had actually been murdered by her husband. The events surrounding the haunting led to it becoming the only time in American legal history in which the so-called "testimony of a ghost" was accepted at a murder trial.
Scholars have reconstructed fragmented drawings of a unique bag designed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1497. The bag has been brought to life by the renowned Florentine fashion house Gherardini. Functional and beautiful, the bag reflects Leonardo Da Vinci's original and counter-cultural ideas of fashion.
The Pink Topaz Demi-Parure consists of a necklace with three pendants, a large corsage brooch and a smaller one. The stones are set in a millegrain setting. The set was a present from Tzar Paul I of Russia to his daughter Maria on occasion of her marriage to Grand Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Weimar Eisenach in 1804. She in turn gave the set to her daughter Augusta (German Empress), who later presented it to her daughter Louise, mother of Queen Victoria of Sweden