Sunday, October 1, 2017
3 p.m. reception, 4 p.m. program
George Peabody Library
Join the Sheridan Libraries to celebrate the opening of Bibliomania: 150 Years of Collecting Rare Books at the George Peabody Library. This extraordinary new exhibition presents many of the richest and rarest fruits of George Peabody’s early intellectual and bibliophilic aspirations.
Exhibition viewing, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres will be followed by remarks by Dean Winston Tabb and the exhibition’s curators—Earle Havens, the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Neil Weijer, Council on Library and Information Resources Post-Doctoral Fellow.
Over the past 150 years the Peabody Library has captured, through its rare book and manuscript collections, America’s deepest desires and vaulting ambitions to bring the history of the world and ideas to the City of Baltimore. Bibliomania presents many of the richest and rarest fruits of George Peabody’s early intellectual and bibliophilic aspirations, from the collection the library opened with in 1866 to the massive cast-iron expansion in 1878, which transformed the library into the glorious “Cathedral of Books” that it continues as today.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, with essays by Earle Havens, Christopher Geekie, and Neil Weijer.
The exhibition is on view through January 31, 2018 and admission is free. The Exhibit Gallery is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday.