Bibliomania; or Book Madness: A Bibliographical Romance
Friday, January 18, 2019 to Sunday, April 21, 2019

Bibliomania; or Book Madness: A Bibliographical Romance

This exhibit takes its name from the history of “arrant book-lovers” written by Thomas Frognall Dibdin in 1842.  It follows these lovers of the book through four case studies, observing the powerful and often unexpected relationships of books with their readers, owners, authors, collectors, and creators. 

Every Book in the World! explores the passionate collecting and printing history of the legendary nineteenth-century bibliomaniac Sir Thomas Phillipps, whose vast collection of manuscripts and early printed books eventually filled an English country house and required more than a century of public auctions and sales to disperse.

Collated & Perfect, an exhibit in conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, traces the tempestuous history of the collation statement and the obsession with an always absent and more perfect text from Thomas Rawlinson, eighteenth-century English book collector, through Charlton Hinman, editor of the first folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays. 

Habits Ancient and Modern: Surface and Depth in the Pillone Library Volumes traces the history of the library assembled by Antonio and Odorico Pillone in Italy in the sixteenth century, and Odorico Pillone’s decision to have the fore-edges of many of these volumes painted by Cesare Vecellio, a distant cousin of Titian. Finally, 

The Whole Art of Marbling explores the many-faceted art of paper marbling, drawing on some of the choicest examples in the Beinecke’s collection to illuminate the art’s history, techniques, patterns and practitioners, from its origins in the East and advancement over the Silk Road to the European Continent.

Friday, January 18, 2019 to Sunday, April 21, 2019


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