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New Mingei Exhibition Celebrates The Art Of The Book

New Mingei Exhibition Celebrates The Art Of The Book


Rob Sidner, curator and executive director, Mingei International Museum

Lynda Claassen, director of special collections and archives, UC San Diego Library


Photo credit: Mingei International Museum

A page from the Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel, 1493, from the collection of special collections and archives at the University of San Diego in an undated photo.

A new exhibition at San Diego's Mingei International Museum could be a book collector’s dream.

“Voluminous Art: Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries,” celebrates the art of books.

For the first time in its 40 year history, the museum teamed up with San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego to showcase their special collections which include a book that dates back to the 13th century all the way to modern comic books.

"The oldest book in the exhibition is from UC San Diego and that's a 13th-century manuscript book on spelling and how to spell properly. This particular book is written on animal skin. It's a small book, it's actually not in the greatest condition at this point...and it's all handwritten," said Lynda Claassen, director of special collections and archives at UC San Diego.

There is also a special edition of "Moby Dick" with 100 woodcut illustrations and a Dr. Seuss book with an original drawing by Theodor Geisel.

The exhibition will be on view through September 3.

Rob Sidner, the museum's executive director curated the exhibition. He joins Claassen Thursday on Midday Edition to highlight some of the special collections on display.


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