The event will feature a number of books that promote interaction between viewer and object. These include a book-turned-parlor-game from the nineteenth century, and a modern artist’s book that takes tweets from digital to analog.
Visitors will also have a chance to view the library’s celebratory eight-millionth volume. Livre de prières (1886) is a book of hours, or devotional prayer book. It is the first and only illustrated book woven on a Jacquard loom using a punch card system that inspired computer programming.
The global reach of the Rare Book Collection will be on full view, with books printed in London, Mexico City, Cameroon, Paris, Augsberg, Tehran, Saigon, Rome, Mexico, Nigeria and more.
Other highlights will include important works in the history of printing, such as one of the earliest known photo-reproductions and the first extant example of William Blake’s printing by relief etching.