Results tagged “rare books”

In 1969 Maecenas Press published a limited edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It is especially notable for the illustrations, which were done by Salvador Dali, the famed Spanish surrealist.

rare books alice_who stole the tarts.jpgWho stole the tarts?

The portfolio contains 12 heliogravures - one for each chapter of the book - and comes with 1 original signed etching in 4 colors as the frontispiece. The surrealist master was an inspired choice for Lewis Carroll's heavily symbolic tale of childhood adventure.

rare books alice_advice from a caterpillar.jpgAdvice from a caterpillar

If you are interested in viewing this rarity, call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.

Patricia DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian

Treasures of Design from the Rare Books Collection

treasures.jpgDesign in the 21st century is everywhere. We text, we tweet, we surf, and we read, yet do we consider the design of the words or their layout? In Treasures of Design, Art historian Chris Szczesny-Adams will present the history of design in print (from Gutenberg to the 20th century) through the library's rare materials including Original Leaves from Famous Books, The Voices of Friends Concerning John Plankinton, and
Alphonse Mucha's poster Sarah Bernhardt.

Treasures of Design from the Rare Books Collection
Central Library - Krug Rare Books Room, Second Floor
Saturday, February 12 , 2-3 p.m.
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department
at (414) 286-3071 to register.

Art historian Chris Szczesny-Adams, Associate Professor at MIAD, received her doctorate from the University of Virginia, where she also attained a master's degree in architectural history and historic preservation. She has a master's degree in art
history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her interests include 19th and 20th century architecture, art, and material culture.

Treasures of Design is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.

Bookmark and Share

John James Audubon Program

Join MPL for the next program of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series!

On Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Central Library's Rare Book Room, art historian Jeff Jara will present a selection of Audubon mammal prints. These prints are part of MPL's Rare Books Room collection and were published from 1854 to 1855.


Following an illustrated lecture on Audubon's art and the historical context in which he worked, the actual prints will be displayed. These rare color plates depict North American viviparous quadrupeds in stunning detail, often in their natural habitats.

Please call 286-3071 to register.

Bookmark and Share

Rare Books Programs on Wednesday, April 30th and May 3rd

Is it Art? Or Is it a Book?
The Dilemma of Artists Books in the 21st Century

Wednesday, April 30, 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, May 3, 2-4 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room


Call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to register.

Books have been in our world for thousands of years, but the 21st century has brought the increasing use of computers to store information. Yet, we still have books and probably always will. Why? Because books offer a totally different experience than computers. Books no longer bear the full burden of information storage, so they are free to become something else. Artists have recognized that potential, and more and more artists are turning to the book as an art form.

Max Yela, Head of Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, will discuss the challenges faced by the artists book, and talk about some of the ways books can function as art, and how artists books are wholly books and fully art.

This is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.



Powered by Movable Type 5.2



Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.