The Book as a Work of Art
A panel discussion
Tuesday, October 4
Before the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press around 1440, books were rare and precious objects. A Romanesque Bible or Gothic “book of hours” might be copied by hand onto sheets of parchment or calfskin, and meticulously decorated with gold leaf and colored paints.
Are today’s books as carefully wrought, and as prized by collectors? A cross-section of the book world’s leading experts will gather to discuss books, their design, and value. Glenn Horowitz, rare book dealer and “go-to-broker of major literary archives” (The New York Times), has arranged the sale of estates such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Vladimir Nabokov and Bob Dylan. Peter Mendelsund, associate art editor at Alfred A. Knopf, is the author of Cover and What We See When We Read. An acclaimed book designer, he has produced “the most instantly recognizable and iconic book covers in contemporary fiction” (Wall Street Journal). Kyle Triplett is the Rare Books Librarian at the New York Public Library. He has been known as a “Defender of Wonder,” since his appearance in the popular blog Humans of New York. Benjamin Morse is co-founder and artistic director of the digital book company Orson and Co., named “Startup of the Week” in February of this year by The Bookseller’s FutureBook. The panel will be moderated by Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literature at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Image: From the New York Public Library