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Virtual First Fridays @ Becker: 'Frontispieces in Rare Books'

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. 

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


School of Medicine


Humanities & Society



Bernard Becker Medical Library
Event Contact

Laura Swofford | lswofford@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Elisabeth Brander,  rare book librarian at Bernard Becker Medical Library

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Cameron Phelan

Cameron Phelan left a positive review 9/3/2020

I really enjoyed this presentation! Elisabeth was very prepared and managed to make an engaging presentation for people from many fields. I hope that these can be recorded and posted somehow so I can watch the future First Fridays that are (sadly!) scheduled for when I have class.