The partner desk in the Rosenbach rare book library currently features books that inspired or were referenced in James Joyce’s literary endeavors. James Joyce: My Favorite Hero(es) features Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare. Be sure not to miss the case on the mantle, which explains Joyce’s early interest in Homer.
Since the beginning of printing, readers have thrilled to true crime tales of highwaymen and murderers and the last words of executed criminals. This exhibition chases both criminal and detective characters across a wide historical landscape and offers the chance to test visitors’ own sleuthing skills.
Beloved illustrator Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) was an avid book collector as well as creator, and bequeathed the Rosenbach more than 600 rare editions which enhance our collection in important ways. Through selected objects from this collection, Recent Acquisitions from the Bequest of Maurice Sendak will explore not only the literary and historical significance of these books but also why they were meaningful to their collector.
Bookplates and Book Collectors from 1480 to the Present
Presenting beautiful and curious specimens from five centuries of book ownership, from a 15th-century coat of arms to engravings inspired by Romantic artists, The Art of Ownership delves into the stories of these bookplates, the rare editions behind them, and the lives of the men and women who owned them.
Exhibiting America's Past to Shape America's Future
From 1947 to 1949, one of the most ambitious traveling exhibitions ever mounted toured the United States. Aimed at promoting “a greater appreciation of the blessings of American heritage” the Freedom Train brought 126 of the nation’s most iconic documents, from Columbus’s writing to the Bill of Rights to the World War II surrender, to 3.5 million people across America.
The Photography of Charles Dodgson
An exhibition exploring the fascinating world of Victorian photography through the lens of Lewis Carroll himself.
Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland
The Rosenbach marks the 150th anniversary of this internationally beloved story in fantastic fashion. Follow us down the rabbit hole as we bring Wonderland to the heart of Philadelphia.
A Selection of 16th - 18th Century Texts
This installation presents 16th-18th century works from both sides of the Atlantic that document Catholics’ evolving relationship with the Americas
Want to solve the puzzle of James Joyce’s Ulysses? You are in good company. “I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries,” Joyce notoriously boasted. This exhibit offers a playful and interactive introduction to cracking the code of Ulysses.