Prompted by an entry at The Cassandra Pages (commemorating Beth’s visit to NYC, during which I had the honor of drinking a beer with her and her husband) I revisited the Russia Engages the World exhibit at the NYPL; not only did I thoroughly enjoy it, but I discovered that the small side room formerly devoted to the first (15th-16th century) section was now being used for an exhibit on Art Deco Bookbindings designed by Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler. These are some of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen, and I urge anyone who loves books and will be in NYC during the next few months (the exhibit runs through June 12) to visit it.


  1. Those bindings are absolutely stunning. This is one show I wish could travel to one of the St. Louis museums.

  2. Kathleen says

    I’m so glad you did this post! The bindings shown in the link are truly art. I wasn’t aware of this art-form prior to your entry. Thanks for a new experience.

  3. Thank you!

  4. louise muse says

    thanks! found a book at my daughter’s today on Art Deco bookbinding with hundreds of photo’s Never knew these existed. I was checking out where I could see some of these and found your site……I will go to see them next week. Some will also be at the Met from june 12-September.

  5. Thanks for letting me know — I’ll try to see them there.

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