The Poet of Them All: William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert

Yale University Press

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Elisabeth Fairman & James Reid–cunningham

Hardcover | 18.42 x 2.54 x 24.77 cm | 240 pp

Yale University Press | 2016 | 9780300219128

Showcasing a unique and extensive private collection acquired by the Yale Center for British Art, The Poet of Them All illustrates almost one hundred of Neale and Margaret Albert’s collection of miniature books, each one intricately constructed and rendered in precise detail at less than three inches in height.

Imaginatively hand-bound by some of today’s most accomplished bookbinders, the selection features custom miniature editions of publications by William Shakespeare and books related to his works. The book includes an in-depth essay from leading book historian, conservator, and artist James Reid-Cunningham.

Revealing an under-explored facet of contemporary book arts, this publication illustrates the remarkable singularity of the Alberts’ collection, providing both comprehensive views and the scholarly context necessary to fully appreciate the significance of these distinctive objects.

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