Art of the Book

About the exhibit

Celebrate the beauty and artistry of books from cover to cover. This exhibit showcases rare, fine press and artist-made books from Toronto Public Library's Special Collections. Discover early printed books from the 1400s, richly decorated covers, whimsical miniatures, and contemporary forms that challenge our ideas about what a book can be.

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Reading List

Books you can borrow from the library, handpicked by the curator for Art of the Book.

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Roses by Robert Wu, Robert Chia-Yu; illustrations by Pierre Joseph Redouté. Toronto: Little Gem Press, 2006.
Wymps: And Other Fairy Tales by Evelyn Sharp, illustrated by Mrs. Percy Dearmer. London; New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. Czech Republic: Jan Sobota and Jarmila Sobotova, 2006.