An exhibition of books before 1600 with artwork by insects and rodents, mangled by bookbinders and dealers, etc.
Leonard Hansen and Richard Minsky, curators of the exhibition, said of the exhibit: “One of the great fascinations of old books is their history as artifacts. When we look at books that are hundreds of years old we see marginal notes from many readers, burn holes which may come from cigar ashes, manuscript replacements for missing text, and many other indications of where the book has been and what hazards it has survived. This exhibit of early books and book fragments presents a variety of examples of the effects of humans, insects, vermin, and the physical or chemical environment.”
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.