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Cover Story: The Art of Book Binding: Library Focus Exhibition


September 9, 2015 - February 19, 2016

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We've all heard the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover" but is it inevitable? Book covers protect, advertise, entice and repulse. They can be ripped off, altered, changed and adorned. With the advent of digital books, self-publishing and print on demand, the relationship of text to book binding and cover design has become increasingly complex.

Explore a broad selection of book bindings and coverings dating from the 1700s to 2015 as revealed in the collections of the Currier Library and Archives in this focus exhibition, on view through February 2016. Consider the purpose of the cover as a marketing tool, introduction to the content and work of art in itself in more than 30 books from the Currier Reference Library and Archives collection. These unique and beautiful bindings come from a range of creators: anonymous designers, design firms and artists including Rockwell Kent, Jean Tinguely and Charles Robinson. We invite you to judge these books by their covers!

History of Wood Engraving, George E. Woodberry, 1883Andree's Story, 1930

 Check out some images of the installation