Moving to the Left: The Art and Development of the Frontispiece

15 December 2017 - 9 March 2018

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What is a frontispiece? When did they first appear in print? Where do they sit in relation to the rest of a book’s contents? These are just some of the questions that the exhibition, ‘Moving to the Left: The Art and Development of the Frontispiece’, hopes to answer, with the help of just a few examples from the printed books in Special Collections, University of Otago. This exhibition starts in Special Collections, the de Beer Gallery, on Friday 15 December 2017. It runs through to 9 March 2018.

The exhibition is grouped into various subject headings such as Christian Symbolism, Emblematics, Classical Studies, Portraits, and Moderns. Notable works on display include James Howell’s Londinopolis; An Historicall Discourse (1657); John Evelyn’s Sculptura (1662); Robert Nelson’s A Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England (1732); Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy (1682); Edward Chamberlayne’s Angliae Notitia: or the Present State of England.(1684); and John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1688). Moderns include Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1903); Selma Lagerlöf’s The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1950); and Mickey Spillane’s I’ll Die Tomorrow (2009).

De Beer Gallery, 1st floor, Central Library

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