The Artistry and Industry of Bookmaking | Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour

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  • April 22, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Do you prefer to judge a book by its cover, or does the inside matter more? In this tour of book arts, we’ll take a look at various rare books in The Rosenbach collection, their aesthetics, their functions, how the processes in creating books inform how we use them today, and vice versa. Go behind the scenes of book binding, illuminating medieval manuscript leaves, the artistry of scribes and painters, 19th century printmaking – and perhaps stumble on a few surprises between the pages.

The Art of Don Quixote | Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour

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  • May 13, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Of all the books in his massive collection, Don Quixote was one of our founder’s favorites. Dr. Rosenbach collected many editions and significant artwork of Cervantes’s “Ingenius Gentleman.” In this virtual tour we’ll explore the ways that Don Quixote has been imagined and illustrated over centuries, through prints by notable artists like Salvador Dalí and (more…)

The Summer of Monsters | Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour

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  • May 27, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In June of 1816, Mary Godwin, Percy Shelley and Mary’s stepsister, Claire Clairmont joined Lord Byron and his doctor John Polidori at a rented villa on Lake Geneva in the Swiss Alps. Eighteen-year-old Mary had eloped with the already married poet Percy the year before, and Byron had fled England in disgrace. Cold, stormy weather (more…)

Love’s Old Sweet Song: The Music of James Joyce | Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour

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  • June 24, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Readers of James Joyce know that music—including both traditional Celtic folksongs and the parlor music of the 1800s and early 1900s—occupies a prominent place in the fictional narratives the author creates. This special, musical Behind the Bookcase virtual tour will pair live Celtic harp performances of songs Joyce knew well with discussions of key Joyce (more…)