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Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society IL: Behind the Scenes at Newberry Library: Beautiful Bookbinding

Curated presentation of unique materials from the library's collection

Plain and decorative papers have been incorporated into book coverings for centuries. From simple blue wrappers to more embellished paste, printed, and marbled designs, paper has been both an economical and a beautiful covering material for the protection of the printed book. Explore the history and artistry of fine bookbindings from the Newberry Library's collections with Dr. Jill Gage, Reference Librarian and Bibliographer of British History and Literature. Dr. Gage will show beautiful and unique examples, from bejeweled treasures to books featuring hidden images.  

This event is hosted by Atlas Obscura Field Agent Amy Weber. She is a dedicated national and international traveler. She enjoys the challenge of getting on a plane and letting life just happen. With over 15 solo tours under her belt she knows the joys of exploration and finding that something extra that makes the experience spectacular. Being grown up she now is limited to two weeks of vacation so exploration around her backyards is her jam.

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