“The Baldwin Library of Children’s Historical Literature contains more than 100,000 volumes, many of which were used by children.
The interaction of the child and the book is evident in the mark of the hand in the Baldwin; there are many examples of marginalia, doodles and inscriptions, bookplates, prize books, crayon scrawl, hand-colored plates, love notes and book anathema.
In addition, many of these books have been used so heavily that they expose somnotexts, or sleeping texts, of scrap paper that were bound into the spines of nineteenth century children’s books as padding. These fragments, traditionally referred to as binder’s waste, revel in their eccentricity; handwritten sheet music, surgical texts, advertisements for moth killer, Shakespeare and artifacts of the bindery have all survived in this manner.
These unusual para- and peritextual phenomenon will be on display as part of the exhibit curated by Krissy Wilson.”
The exhibit is open from August 1st to September 15th, 2011.
2nd floor, George A. Smathers Library East
Posters, three-fold pamphlet, and object list via UF Digital Collections.
Check hours here. RSVP on Facebook.
One of the many uses of Google Books; finding the origin of scraps of text from the nineteenth century with creative Boolean queries! —kcw
(Source: orionthecoffeemaker, via fuckyeahpicturebooks)