"Protecting the Word: Bookbindings of the Morgan" Exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum

poster for "Protecting the Word: Bookbindings of the Morgan" Exhibition

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One of the Morgan's core strengths is its collection of historically and artistically significant bookbindings. Begun energetically by Pierpont Morgan himself before the turn of the twentieth century, the collection has grown to over 1,000 volumes. It spans the ages—more than 1,600 years—and many regions of the globe. "Protecting the Word: Bookbindings of the Morgan" presents a selection of outstanding works from the collection. Highlights include a bejeweled eighth-century binding used on the famous Lindau Gospels, a magnificent seventh-to-eighth–century Coptic work, and a seventeenth-century English Bible and prayer book in stump work embroidery. Together, these and approximately 50 additional works in the exhibition, demonstrate the skill and artistry of bookbinding at its finest.

[Image: Roger Bartlett "Mosaic Binding Oxford, 1678. On: The Holy Bible, London" J. Bill, C. Barker, R.T. Newcomb, & H. Hills, 1678. PML 59412. Purchased as the gift of Miss. Julia P. Wightman, 1969]



from December 05, 2008 to March 29, 2009

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