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.
Major support for this exhibition comes from The Winton and Carolyn Blount Exhibition Fund.
This page updated March 10, 2003