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Transfigured Texts: from First Editions to Inspired Artist’s Books

Special Collections is pleased to announce a new exhibition located on the 4th floor of the Clapp Library. On display are first editions and subsequent publications of the same text--re-imagined, re-designed, and interpreted to create new ways of reading the original author’s work. Among the featured books are Euclid’s Elements, Marie Curie’s Radioactivité, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, spanning the years 1482 to 2016. The first editions are on view side-by-side with contemporary artists’ books inspired by the original text. Co-curated by Megan Rahal, ‘20 DS.