Friday, September 4 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
First Fridays @ Becker are back in virtual format! On the first Friday of each month, join us on Zoom to see themed picks from the library's renowned archival and rare book collections. September's theme is "Frontispieces in Rare Books."
Elisabeth Brander, the Becker Medical Library's rare book librarian, will present "Satyrs, Salus, and Lady Anatomy: Hidden Meanings in Early Modern Title Pages," followed by a Q&A.
When we browse the selection of books at a bookstore or a library, the covers are often meant to give us an idea of what kind of a story a particular book wants to tell. Books published during the early modern period might not have had the eye-catching designs that adorn 20th and 21st century paperbacks and dust jackets, but they had their own methods of providing visual summaries of a work’s contents. This digital session explores how the elaborate title pages and frontispieces in Renaissance books were not just designed to be beautiful works of art, but also to provide coded clues regarding the text itself.
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