Under Cover: An Evening with Intriguing Bindings and Enclosures

The cover of a 19th century book. The cover is very detailed with silver designs. In the middle is an oval, within the oval is a vase with vines coming out of it. Surrounding the oval is a larger oval full of entwined vines. Outside that, from the outer oval to the edges of the cover, are designs of leaves and bunches of berries. To the left of the cover are three clips. At the top and bottom of each vertical edge, in the middle, is a flower — it looks a little like a sunflower with a large middle & petals.

Silver cover on Isl. Ms. 174, 19th century copy of the Qur’an

Event Information

Date & Time
September 10, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
Location Information
Special Collections After Hours
Event Type
Open House

Join us for an open house exploring interesting bindings and enclosures on a selection of manuscripts, printed books, and artists’ books in terms of what they disguise and what they reveal. Our first introduction to a book often comes via its cover or enclosure. While many covers plainly identify and entice us to peruse their contents, others obscure what they protect and may even leave us wondering if what we’re looking at is in fact a book. Other covers are so captivating as to overshadow what they enclose, leaving us reluctant to venture past them for a look inside. Ultimately many covers and enclosures reveal a great deal more about their creators, owners and admirers than about the texts and images within.

This event is part of Special Collections After Hours, a monthly open house series sharing highlights from the many books, documents, and artifacts in our collections. Each event is open to everyone and will offer a new group of themed materials for visitors to explore. Open houses are held on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year. Light refreshments will be provided.

Additional Infomation

Library Contact
Evyn Kropf ekropf@umich.edu
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