November 8, 2019 – February 9, 2020

Cover to Cover: How People Bind Their Books

There are as many ways to bind a book as there are types of books and types of readers. Before the industrial revolution, bookbinding was a separate trade from publishing, and many of the historic bindings that we see were bespoke products, commissioned by their owners.

This exhibition covers all types of books, from miniature books to enormous folios, gold-stamped publishers’ binding to stab-stitched paper wrappers, treasured bibles to ephemeral almanacs, 19th-century marbled papers to 15th-century stamped leather, and more! We also peer into the ‘guts’ of historic bindings to see how they were constructed, from the bookbinder’s craft to the print and manuscript waste hiding inside.

Come judge books by their covers and experience some of Pequot Library’s hidden treasures.

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Pequot Library’s exhibitions feature a variety of theme-based curated selections from our Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Some displays include contemporary books and artwork that highlight and complement each subject’s relevance to modern life and culture. Pequot Library is unique thanks to its Special Collections of over 30,000 rare books, manuscripts, and archives, which offer a vibrant portrait of the culture and history of the United States, nature, science, literature, and the arts.

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