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Ex Libris

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    Leo Bensemann, Ex Libris for Mary Barrett, c.1940

  • Date: Friday 19 May 2017, 08:30AM to 5 July 2017, 05:00PM
  • Location: Matariki Gallery, Matariki Building, University of Canterbury, Ilam. (Opposite Puaka-James Hight)., Ilam
  • Ticket: Free

An exhibition of bookplates and provenance from the collection of the Macmillan Brown Library

‘Ex Libris’ (trans: from the books) showcases a visually stunning sample of provenance found among the collections of UC’s Macmillan Brown Library. Inscriptions, labels, stamps, association books, marginalia, bookplates and personal items bring to life the journey of a book. Special Collections Librarian and curator Damian Cairns explains, ‘these possessive marks can show the love of as well as the possession of books, the owner’s social position and personality, insight into the socio-political landscape of a period and artistic movements such as Canterbury’s The Group.’ The graphic quality of this possessive mark making enriches books beyond their original intent. They open a point of connection to a person or period and provide us with an understanding of the social-life of the object.

Ex Libris includes a wide array of fascinating material of exquisite artistry ranging from a 1531 edition of Magna Carta to a 1923 association copy of ‘New Hampshire’ by American poet, Robert Frost, all of which have a connection with Canterbury institutions and personalities.

Have you ever wanted your very own bookplate?
A bookplate design competition open to students and staff will coincide with the exhibition.
Visit the exhibition or any campus library for entry details.

More information

Damian Cairns

Kaitiaki Taonga Motuhake | Special Collections Librarian

Phone: +64 3 369 3916 ext. 93916

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