April 2016 marks 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, one of the greatest and most renowned poets that ever lived. Many events will take place across the world to celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare this year, including a quirky exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art in June, that will showcase one hundred miniature editions of Shakespeare’s work, each one intricately constructed and rendered in precise detail at less than three inches in height.
A new publication The Poet of Them All: William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert by Elisabeth R. Fairman brings the collection together in one beautifully bound book, featuring custom miniature editions of publications by William Shakespeare, preceded by an in-depth essay from leading book historian, conservator and artist James Reid-Cunningham. Only recently published, we are sharing a look-inside this lovely new book.
Sneak peek inside The Poet of Them All: William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert
About the Authors
Elisabeth R. Fairman is chief curator of rare books and manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art. James Reid-Cunningham has worked as a conservator at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum and is a leading practitioner of book arts as well as a book historian.