The Art of the Book, organized by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron, is the first ever exploration of the museum’s diverse collection of nineteenth- and twentieth- century rare, first edition, and out-of-print illustrated books ranging from the earliest museum purchases in the 1940’s to important donations made throughout the museum’s history. With a few exceptions, the show is drawn entirely from the collection and features a selection of first-edition classics such as Legends of Charlemagne by Thomas Bullfinch, Drawings by C. D. Gibson, Poems of Childhood by Maxfield Parrish, and The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle.
In the gallery talk, Waldron will give an overview of the library’s history and collection, with a focus on books by artists and authors connected to Maine, such as John Josselyn’s New England Rarities Discovered, Frederick J. Waugh’s lost children’s classic, The Clan of Munes, and Rockwell Kent’s iconic wood engravings for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Location: meet at the Farnsworth’s main entrance on Museum Street
Seating: limited to 20 people
Cost: free with admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949