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UI Libraries celebrate history of bookbinding with new exhibit

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries will open a new exhibit, Books for the Millions: 19th Century Publishers' Bindings, on Friday, Oct. 17 in the North Hall of the Main Library.

The exhibit, which continues through Feb. 15, 1998, explores the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the numbers and kinds of books printed and bound for a more-literate public. It focuses on the transition from hand binding to mechanized binding, which allowed for quicker production and innovation in cover design.

Book specialist Sue Allen will give a special presentation to mark the opening of the exhibit at 4:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library. Allen is recognized as the foremost authority on 19th-century American book covers. She regularly teaches "Publishers' Bookbindings, 1830-1910" at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. Following her lecture, "Changing Styles in the Book Covers of 19th Century America," refreshments will be served in the North Exhibition Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

In addition to the exhibition and opening, the UI Libraries conservation department, the UI Center for the Book, and the UI Books Arts Club will sponsor a day-long seminar presented by Allen Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a fee for the seminar, and advance registration is required. For reservations, contact Pamela Spitzmueller or Cynthea Mosier of the UI Libraries conservation department at (319) 335-5908. Also on Oct. 18, Greer Allen, Allen's husband, will give a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. on the life and work of Berthold Wolpe, an influential book and type designer.

For general information, contact the UI Libraries at (319) 335-5867.