John Scott McWhinnie, a top rare book dealer and collector, gallerist and bibliophile, died on Friday, January 6, in a snorkeling accident in the British Virgin Islands. He was 43.
Mr. McWhinnie and his wife, Maria Beaulieu, were pulled out to sea by a rip current off the island of Virgin Gorda. A bystander was able to rescue Ms. Beaulieu but could not get to Mr. McWhinnie in time.
One of the top rare book sellers in the world, Mr. McWhinnie split his time between East Hampton and Manhattan since 1998 as manager for the Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton and director of John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, a rare book shop and art gallery on the Upper East Side in Manhattan that he opened in 2005. Mr. McWhinnie... more