Selections from "Edges of Books"
From October to December 2012, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology examined books from an unusual perspective. When books are on display it is usually their spines and covers, or the text and illustrations, that are featured. These are the familiar parts of the books, the parts that modern readers have come to interact with the most. The Cary Collection exhibition Edges of Books took a different approach, uncovering a tradition that extends back centuries to the very beginning of the codex book in which the edges of books were important sites for information and decoration.
This online exhibition is an abridged version of Edges of Books and of the exhibition catalog (https://www.rit.edu/press/edges-books)