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"Bound to Please: an Exhibition of Fine Leather Bindings from the
University of Miami Library," will be on view from July 14-September
19, 1997, at The Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, Broward County
Library, 6th Floor, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,

The exhibit showcases a selection of 70 volumes from the extensive
rare book holdings of the University of Miami Library's Archives and
Special Collections Department.  Shown are a diverse and exquisite
group of leather bindings dating from the fifteen through the early
twentieth centuries, including volumes from the United States, Cuba,
Spain, France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands.

Highlighted are the technical processes required to produce unusually
detailed bindings.  Representations of different binding and
finishing techniques and styles such as tree calf, inlaying and
onlaying, and diapering, are shown.  Among the important binders and
binderies featured are: the Doves Bindery, Riviere and Son,
Zaehnsdorf, Bayntun, The Kelmscott Press, and the Roycroft Bindery.
Texts by Cotton Mather, William Morris, and William Makepeace
Thackeray, and works such as the Bible, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and
Lady Chatterley's Lover are displayed in beautiful bindings that
often help to enhance the literary value of the writings.

Accompanying the exhibition is a display of 13 additional titles:
"Bound to Please: a Supplemental Exhibition of Fine Leather Bindings
from the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts Collections."

A 24 page catalog (with addendum) is available upon request.

The exhibition will also be available (as of August 1, 1997) on the
Bienes Center's website at: www.co.broward.fl.us/bienes.

James A. Findlay
The Bienes Center for the Literary Arts
The Dianne and Michael Bienes
  Special Collections and Rare Book Library     _______
Broward County Library                         /______/(
100 S. Andrews Ave.                           (_______(
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301                     (________(

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