On view in the Henry Long Room, February 14, 2022—March 31, 2022
We love books inside and out! Sometimes the Boston Athenæum adds a book to its Special Collections for its binding, with little care for its contents. More often, it’s what’s inside that counts, and attractive, unusual, and skillfully made covers form an added bonus. Whichever rationale prevailed at the time of acquisition, the covers of any book contribute to its overall meaning and to the way readers respond to it. Join us in judging this selection of recent acquisitions by their covers.