Among the items on display are a scribal parchment dated March 9, 1240 which documents the execution of a bequest for a home for repentant prostitutes in Pisa, Italy. An example of a book printed in 1745 by the widow of a successful Mexico City-based printer shows that women could work the presses just as well as men, while striking Art Nouveau bindings by Sarah Prideaux reveal that artist's innate talent for the craft. (Prideaux did not become a professional bookbinder until her thirties.)
The show is open to the public at Duke through June 15 before heading to the Grolier Club, where it will be on display December 11, 2019 through February 8, 2020. Visitors need not be upset if they can't make it to Durham or Manhattan in either of those time frames: the entire exhibition, including a video interview with Baskin, is available online.