UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: PEQUOT LIBRARY SHARES RARE BOOKS

Monday, March 31, 2014


pequot library shares rare books and MANUSCRIPTS with the public during its 125th anniversary celebration
Southport, CT -- An exhibition of rare books and illustrations begins this spring in the Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library. Honoring both the Town of Fairfield’s 375th Anniversary and Pequot Library’s 125th anniversary year, Pages from Pequot: A Selection from the Special Collections in Celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Pequot Library, will educate, enrich, and inspire book lovers of all ages. The exhibition is free and open to the public; it runs from April 5 – May 16, 2014.

An all-volunteer committee is integrating the Special Collections into library exhibitions, as well as programming and outreach for educational purposes and viewer enjoyment. This exhibit is made possible by the Constance C. Baker Fund. Volunteers, Lynne Laukhuf, Lynn Van Winkle, Lynn Dacey, and Fairfield University intern, Jeffrey Brown, under the direction of Head Librarian, Dianne Schlosser, created Pages from Pequot.

In this age of digital media, it’s easy to forget the beauty of the real deal. The public will be able to view the brilliant and iridescent colors of the birds in John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidae or Hummingbirds, 1849-1861, and see one of the first copies of Common Sense by Thomas Paine, printed in 1776. Witnessing Margaret Mitchell’s hand typed manuscript chapters of Gone with the Wind with her own penciled-in notations is awe-inspiring, as is seeing a bold Barry Moser black and white wood engraving of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.

Other exhibited works in Pages from Pequot include an illuminated manuscript from the 1500s; A Literal Reprint of the Bay Psalm Book, 1862; Flowers from my Garden by Laura Gordon Munson, 1864, with a handwritten inscription from P. T. Barnum to his wife; Child Life: A Collection of Poems by J. G. Whittier, 1878, Women Designers of Book-Plates by Wilbur Macy Stone; and White Fang by Jack London, 1906.

On the walls of the Perkin Gallery, selected prints of scanned original illustrations include John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidae or Hummingbirds, 1849; Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick, 1930, and Clare Leighton’s Four Hedges A Gardener’s Chronicle, 1935.

Complementing the 125th exhibit will be free programs by Marsha Malinowski on Wednesday, April 23, at 11:30am and Kenneth Gloss on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30pm. Malinowski will discuss several of the books and illustrations in the exhibit. Gloss will talk about collecting rare books and ephemera, ending with a free appraisal of books that participants bring. Both Malinowski and Gloss are guest appraisers for Antiques Roadshow and are experts in their fields.

The Special Collections Exhibition Committee is composed of Chair, Cynthia Crawford, Alison Barry, Nannette Holden, Katy Reed, Nancy McTague-Stock, and Lori Langdon.

Please visit to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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