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December 14, 2018 - May 20, 2019 Monuments of Early Greek Printing

An exhibition of some of the earliest and most important publications printed in Greek. 

The influence of Greek language and literature on modern culture is as profound as it is underappreciated. The widespread use of Latin throughout much of European history tends to obscure the Greek origins of seminal literature, but much of the scripture, history, and mythology with which people are familiar today originated in Greek texts. 

Many landmark Greek publications from the early decades of printing today reside in North Texas, including the first printings in Greek of the New Testament, Homer, and Aristotle. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the richness and significance of materials accessible for study and appreciation at Bridwell Library Special Collections. 

Entry Hall 
Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology 
Southern Methodist University 
6425 Boaz Lane

Dallas, TX

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Exhibits Southwest

This exhibition of artists' books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image, materials and the architectural capabilities of book structures. 

1pm - 5pm 

Raymond Lifchez and Judith Lee Stronach Exhibition Cases 
Volkmann Reading Room 
Environmental Design Library 
University of California 
210 Wurster Hall

Berkeley, CA

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Exhibits West
January 17, 2019 - May 23, 2019 Instruction and Delight: Children’s Games from the Ellen and Arthur Liman Collection

By the beginning of the eighteenth century in Britain, parents and teachers had begun to wholeheartedly embrace a suggestion from the philosopher John Locke (1632–1704) that “Learning might be made a Play and Recreation to Children.” The material culture of this period and the subsequent generation reveal a significant shift in thinking, as adults found fresh value in childhood and in play for its own sake. British publishers leapt at the chance to design books and games for both instruction and delight. This small display will celebrate the recent gift of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century children’s games and books to the Center by Ellen and Arthur Liman, Yale JD 1957. 

Tue 10am – 5pm 
Wed 10am – 5pm 
Thu 10am – 5pm 
Fri 10am – 5pm 
Sat 10am – 5pm 
Sun noon – 5pm 

Free admission 

Yale Center for British Art 
1080 Chapel Street

New Haven, CT

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
January 18, 2019 - April 21, 2019 Bibliomania; or Book Madness: A Bibliographical Romance

This exhibition 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 Thomas Phillipps, whose vast collection of manuscripts and early printed books filled an English country house and required more than a century of public auctions and sales to disperse. 

Collated & Perfect, organized in conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, traces the history of the collation statement and the obsession with finding a more perfect text, from eighteenth-century book collector Thomas Rawlinson through Charlton Hinman, editor of the first folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays (1968). 

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’s decision to have the fore-edges of many of these volumes painted by Cesare Vecellio, a distant cousin of Titian. 

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. 

January 23, panel discussion, 5 pm: Ann Rosalind Jones and Andrew Brown on the Pillone Library 

February 5, panel discussion, 5 pm: Perfect: Thinking about the Ideal Copy, with exhibition curators Kathryn James and Aaron T. Pratt, with Peter Stallybrass and David Scott Kastan 

February 6, lecture, 5 pm; opening reception, 6 pm: The Duc de Berry (1340-1416) and the Origins of Bibliomania, by Christopher de Hamel, author of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts 

February 7, lecture, 5 pm: Sir Thomas and I: A Poor Comparison, by Toshiyuki Takamiya, Professor Emeritus, Keio University 

March 27, lecture, 5 pm: Sidney Berger on paper marbling 

April 10, lecture, 5 pm: The Painted Book: Cesare Vecellio and the Pillone Library, by Andrew Brown 

Mon 10am - 7pm 
Tue - Thu 9am - 7pm 
Fri 9am - 5pm 
Sat (Exhibitions only) 12pm - 5pm 
Sun (Exhibitions only) 12pm - 4pm 

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library 
121 Wall Street

New Haven, CT

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
January 18, 2019 - April 6, 2019 The Life, Writings, and Influence of Herman Melville, Author of Moby-Dick

For the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, this exhibition will highlight the many facets of his work, illustrating how he has been perceived and repurposed over the past 200 years. 

Drawing on the Newberry’s huge collection of Melville’s works, gathered during the work of editing the definitive 15-volume Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville, the exhibition will invite viewers to explore Melville’s interests in democracy, spirituality, Indigeneity, morality, sexuality, labor, nature, and human consciousness. It will contextualize his works as the product of a period of spectacular growth, rapid change, horrifying trauma, and grave injustice in the United States, and also demonstrate the ways his work continues to resonate for artists and writers today. 

Mon, Fri & Sat 8:15am – 5pm 
Tue - Thu 8:15am – 7:30pm 

Free and open to the public 

Roger J. Trienens Galleries 
The Newberry 60 West Walton Street

Chicago, IL

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Exhibits Midwest