Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Grolier Hundred @ the Lilly

[Posted by Michael Thompson]
On July 19, 2013, the Caxton Club will sponsor a trip for its members to the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington to see its amazing exhibition  “One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature.”    Commemorating the Grolier Club’s influential rare book exhibition in 1903, this re-enactment was compiled by Caxtonian and newly appointed director of the Lilly Library Joel Silver.  It features three books by William Caxton: an original copy of  Canterbury Tales, an original copy of Confessio Amantis, and the show’s one and only facsimile, Le Morte d’Arthur.  Of the last book only two copies are extant, one in the Morgan Library (which appeared in the Grolier Club exhibition) and one in England.  It is the only book of the Grolier 100 not held in a first or early edition by the Lilly Library.  The exhibition runs through August 24.

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