Art: Kern Collection

Jerome David Kern, composer of Who, Kalua, Old Man River, etc. etc., and publisher of many another lip-to-lip tune, is a wealthy man who lives comfortably in Bronxville, N. Y. But not until last week was he a free man. Mr. Kern's 44th birthday fell last week.

But that was not what freed him. He made his "escape" by selling his collection of rare books, worth more than $1,000,000, a notable trove of the printer's and publisher's art. While the sale was in progress, Mr. Kern explained: "As my collection has grown, books...

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