Art of the Book

Focusing on the craft and aesthetics of books, bookmaking, and print, the annual Art of the Book program is presented in partnership with prominent book and library organizations around the state.

Mine!:

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

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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.

Salamanca

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

Past Art of the Book Programs

2013: Beware the Woods: Children’s Books of the Past

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