Thys Boke Is Myne is about provenance - the relationship between people and their books through five hundred years of printing history. The exhibition explores how bibliophiles, famous and forgotten, have signaled ownership of treasured volumes, revealing something of their character in the process. Books belonging to writers, collectors, royalty, actors, statesmen and women are on display, setting out the interesting and amusing ways people connect with their books. Inscriptions, mottoes, manuscript additions, bookplates, book labels, armorials, and binding stamps link texts to their owners from William Caxton to Langston Hughes. Its title is taken from a line writ large in Henry VIII's schoolboy copy of Cicero, Thys Boke Is Myne Prynce Henry.

Richard Kuhta, Curator

Exhibition Hours:
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Closed federal holidays.

Admission is free.

Monday - Friday at 11 a.m.
Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free.
Groups, call (202) 675-0395 to arrange.

Visiting the Folger

Curator's Notes

Exhibition Highlights

Writers' Books


Henry VIII

Actors' Books
Ordinary Books Made Famous


Manuscript Book Lists

Women Collectors


18th Century

Alexander Pope

Quiet Lives


Major support for this exhibition comes from The Winton and Carolyn Blount Exhibition Fund.

This page updated March 10, 2003