New Exhibition at the Farnsworth — The Art of the Book

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  • December 30, 2011

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Endpapers for Poems of Childhood By Eugene Field Illustrations by Maxfield Parrish Charles Scribner’s & Sons, New York, 1904

On Saturday, January 14, 2012, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, will be opening a new exhibition entitled The Art of the Book. Organized by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron, the exhibition will be on display in the museum's Craig Gallery until Sunday, April 1, 2012.

The Art of the Book is an exploration of the museum's diverse collection of primarily nineteenth- and twentieth- century rare, first edition, and out- of -print books ranging from the earliest purchases by Robert Bellows in the 1940s to important donations made throughout the museum's history. Included will be Bellow's original ledger describing his purchases, providing a fascinating insight into his collecting mission, trends of the time, and the storied bookshops he frequented in Boston and New York City. 

A Young Woman in Bridal Attire Coming to Me From Tales of Hoffmann by E. T. A. Hoffmann Illustrations by Mario Laboccetta George G. Harrap & Co., LTD, London, 1932

Drawn entirely from the collection with a few key loans, the exhibition will feature a selection of first edition classics such as Moby Dick by Herman Melville, illustrated by legendary American modernist Rockwell Kent, Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field and illustrated by Maxfield Parrish and Ramona, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.

The exhibition will also feature other authors and artists with a connection to Maine such as Charles Dana Gibson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Frank Benson, Waldo Pierce, Frederick J. Waugh, Maurice "Jake" Day, and Rockland artist Kosti Ruohomma. Ruohomma's classic photographs were featured in the iconic Maine Coastal Portrait, published in Rockland, Maine in 1959 by the Seth Low Press. In addition there will be a small selection of children's books illustrated by Kate Greenaway, Dahlov Ipcar, Waldo Pierce and John Ames Mitchell, co-founder of Life magazine and illustrator and author of the whimsical 1881 The Summer School of Philosophy at Mt. Desert. The Art of the Book is made possible in part thanks to the support of Artisan Books & Bindery, The Goose River Exchange and Lux Mentis, Booksellers.


David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum
207-596-6457 ext 128

Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine
About Farnsworth Art Museum

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.

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