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Collage of peritexts, including the printer’s statement, a cataloger’s notes, and a Public Library of the City of Boston paper punch.

From the front matter of The Human Hair: Its Structure, Growth, Diseases, and Their Treatment by Hermann Beigel (1869). Original from Harvard University. Digitized May 23, 2007.

"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 will open on August 1st.

2nd floor, George A. Smathers Library East
Gainesville, FL

RSVP on Facebook. Check hours here.