On February 18, Farnsworth Art Museum Registrar Angela Waldron lead a gallery talk of the current Art of the Book exhibition on view in the Farnsworth’s Craig gallery through April 1. The gallery talk will be repeated on Saturday, March 17.
The Art of the Book, organized by Ms. 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 1940s 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. The Art of the Book is made possible in part thanks to the support of Artisan Books & Bindery, The Goose River Exchange, Lux Mentis Booksellers, The Owl & Turtle Bookshop, and Priscilla Juvelis Rare Books.
During 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.
This gallery talk is free with museum admission. As this talk is limited to 20 people, reservations are required. Please call 207-596-0949.