William L. Clements Library

Past Exhibit

Exhibit at the Great Hall of the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.

ELEGANT TO ECCENTRIC: Bindings from teh Main ROom of the William L. Clements Library

January 8 to March 20, 2007


This exhibit features a variety of bindings selected from the cases in the Main Room of the Clements Library. Guest curator and conservationist Julia Miller and Clements cataloger of rare books Oksana Linda carefully chose each example to represent the many fascinating aspects of the timeless art of book binding. This visually stunning exhibit is designed to appeal to both the expert bibliophile and the novice reader.
Included are "extra"' or fine bindings from Europe, blind-tooled bindings from England, examples of 18th century leather bindings "marbled" in different patterns, decorated paper bindings and inscribed bindings. A large section of the exhibit is dedicated to American colonial and post-Revolutionary War bindings, 1663-1820.