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Art of the Book 2014 Program


Ownership Marks from Curses to Book Plates

This year the R.I. Center for the Book’s Art of the Book Program will celebrate the book as a personal possession.
Why do owners mark books? What is the history of book plates?

Download the 2014 Art of the Book Events Schedule:
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Keynote Lecture
Ownership Marks in Early American Books: Oddities & Outliers”
Jeremy Dibbell, Director of Communications and Outreach at Rare Book School.
Thursday November 13, 6 pm.
John Carter Brown Library, 94 George St., Providence

Book Inscription

Collection of the R.I. Historical Society






Statewide Exhibitions


Chained Books at Hereford Cathedral, England.

John Carter Brown Library
“Thro’ various hands has passed till it found refuge in mine”: Ownership Marks and the Personal Histories of Books at the John Carter Brown Library.
Location: 94 George St., Providence, R.I.
November – December, 2014

Providence Athenaeum
“MINE!:  Rhode Island Collectors at the ATH”
November 3, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Location: Philbrick Rare Book Room, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St., Providence, R.I.

Providence Public Library
“Put To Good Use”
October 9-December 26, 2014
Visit Special Collections to view books owned by women, books owned by royalty and books with evidence that their owners used them to get a job done.
Location:150 Empire St., Providence, R.I.


Curse on Book Thieves at the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Redwood Library and Athenaeum
“His Booke:  Ownership Marks and Book Plates”
October 15, 2014-March 1, 2015
Location: Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I .

Rhode Island Historical Society
“Hai Excomunion: Book Threats & Bookplates in the Collection of the R.I. Historical Society”
Locations: RIHS Library. 121 Hope St., Providence, R.I.; http://www.rihs.org

For More Information: http://www.ribook.org or kate@ribook.org

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