Reprising the landmark 1984 exhibition of the same name, Marks in Books displays materials from the original exhibition alongside new acquisitions. The items on view underline the value of close looking that reveals books as evidence and repositories of human labor, study, and curiosity.

On display are examples of cast-off copy, palimpsest, proofreaders' marks, text cut-outs, and alterations to texts at various points in the printing process.

This exhibition was curated by Peter X. Accardo, Scholarly and Public Programs Librarian; John Overholt, Curator of the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson and of Early Books and Manuscripts; and Sara Powell, Assistant Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts.

Opening Reception

Join us on February 28 from 5:30–8:00 PM in the Edison and Newman Room as we celebrate the 82nd anniversary of the opening of Houghton Library along with the opening of Marks in Books. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. No registration is required.

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