Announcing the Text: The Development of the Title Page, 1470–1900: Selections from the National Gallery of Art Library
February 1 – June 18, 2010
West Building Ground Floor

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: As the printed book emerged in the 15th century, its early design mimicked that of the manuscript. Printers, however, soon developed their own forms and techniques. One of their most obvious innovations—the addition of a title page—puts information about the production of the work right up front, at the beginning of the book. (In a manuscript, such information is found in the colophon at the end.) Over time, printers not only included more information on the title page but also presented it within carefully wrought designs.

Presenting select examples of early books of the 15th century through modern books of the late 19th century, this exhibition traces the development of the title page as its role expanded and new printing technologies impacted its design.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Image: Giles Sadeler, 1570–1629, Vestigi delle antichita di Roma, Tivoli, Pozzvolo et altri lvochi, Prague, 1606, engraving, C. Wesley and Jacqueline Peebles Fund

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