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Off the Shelf monthly program

Judge a book by its cover

Cover of A Thousand Miles up the Nile

3-4PM, Friday, 4/26, first floor of the Museum Library with Dr. Deborah Stewart, Head of the Museum Library

Many 19th and early 20th-century books have mechanically produced spines and covers that are decorated with vignettes or exotic motifs created through the use of blind stamps, gold leaf, and color application. These publisher’s bindings often reflect the contents of the book but are sometimes influenced by greater design movements.

The Museum Library’s special and general collections include a number of 19th and 20th-century explorers’ memoirs with such decorated bindings. You are invited to join Head of the Museum Library, Deb Stewart, to learn about the explorers and admire the decorative bindings that accompany their stories during this pop-up exhibit, 3-4PM, Friday afternoon on the first floor of the Museum Library.

The event is open to all members of the Penn community as well as to Penn Museum visitors. No food, beverages, nor ink pens permitted, but curious minds welcome!

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