David acquired the lone surviving bookcase from 278 and had a matching one made to recreate the two side by side cases that once stood in Houdini's library. The books David has put inside also belonged to Houdini. There are a few other goodies one can spot in the above pic (which you can click to enlarge). There's a blowup of the photo of Houdini himself in his library that guest are able to recreate. You can also see a portrait of Houdini that recently sold in auction just behind Scott's head. Also notice the original straitjacket lithograph to the far right (David's big one).
Below is a photo of me with the bookcase as it last appeared inside 278 (moved from the back library to the front parlor). It was fun to recreate the famous pic there and then. But leave it to David Copperfield to conjure up the illusion of Houdini's actual library.
Thanks to Scott Wells for allowing me to share his pic. CLICK HERE to listen to podcast I did with Scott back in 2007.
UPDATE: Magician Steve Cohen has shared an even clearer pic on his Twitter.
Standing in front of Houdini’s bookshelf (in the exact pose as Houdini - see black&white photo).The shelves are now reunited with the original books owned by Houdini, at Copperfield’s private museum in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/Ate6dIKmxy— Steve Cohen (@chambermagic) April 12, 2019