Miniature Shakespeare Books from the Harner Collection

Thru December 31
Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library
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You don’t have to read these books to understand what makes them special. Their size delights the viewer and demonstrates skilled printing, binding, and artist’s work. The smallest item is a 14-millimeter printing of Act IV, Scene 1 from The Merchant of Venice. The tallest set—twelve volumes of an 1888 edition of Shakespeare’s Works—is housed in a carved, glass-fronted wood cabinet. Harner’s collection comprises books crafted by individual artists or art collectives in limited editions as well as mass-printed books sold commercially with accompanying bookcases and boxes. Many items in the Harner collection are unique or known in only a few copies. 

This exhibition is accessible only by docent tour. These free tours do not require advance registration and are offered Monday through Saturday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, and on Sunday at noon and 3pm.

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