Illumination to Illustration: Art of the Book Opening Reception

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From illuminated manuscripts to illustrated novels, books have always been more than words on the page. Whether meticulously crafted by hand on vellum or artfully produced using an early printing press, books have been utilized by artists and authors as a visual art form for centuries. Featuring items from Pequot Library’s Special Collections including a medieval illuminated antiphonal (musical liturgy); The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, printed by the Kelmscott Press in 1896; and a 1946 pop-up edition of The Jolly Jump-Ups: A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, this exhibition invites the viewer to discover the artistry found in a selection of books from the 15th century to today.

Guest speaker at 7:00pm: Julie Mellby
Mellby is the Graphic Arts Curator within the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Princeton University Library, where she oversees a collection of prints and printed books ranging from the 8th century to the present. Before coming to Princeton, she was a curator at the Toledo Museum of Art and in the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Current acquisitions and activities are posted at

At the opening enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and wine while touring the exhibition. Free and open to the public.

The exhibition will be on view through May 5, 2019.

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February 7, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Perkin Gallery, Reading Room