Exhibit: Judging a Book by Its Cover: Nineteenth-Century Publishers' Bindings
Archives and Research Collections is pleased to announce an exhibition on nineteenth-century book covers that runs from January until the end of April, 2006.
The nineteenth century witnessed a significant change in the way books were published and sold. An increased reading public was the impetus for this change. For the mass market, books were no longer bound in leather, instead they were put in case bindings which could be manufactured separately from the book. Throughout the century books were produced in a number of colours, textures and patterns, stamped in gold, silver or black. However, by the end of the century, the invention of the paperback book and the dust-jacket spelled the demise of Publishers' Bindings. One feature of this exhibition is a selection of Mark Twain's books, including the wonderful pictorial cover of the first edition of Huckleberry Finn.
Our teachers, and maybe even a few librarians, may have told us never to judge a book by its cover. We invite you to break this rule and to enjoy our exhibition.