The Poet of Them All

Elisabeth R. Fairman, chief curator of rare books and manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art; with an essay by James Reid-Cunningham, book historian, conservator, and artist

(Yale University Press)

Showcasing a private collection that is soon to be acquired by the Yale Center for British Art, “The Poet of Them All” illustrates almost 100 of Neale and Margaret Albert’s miniature books, each one intricately constructed and rendered in precise detail at less than three inches in height.

Hand-bound by some of today’s most accomplished bookbinders, the selection features custom miniature editions of publications by William Shakespeare and related to his works, preceded by an in-depth essay from James Reid-Cunningham. Revealing an underexplored facet of contemporary book arts, this publication illustrates the singularity of the Alberts’ collection, providing both comprehensive views and the scholarly context necessary to fully appreciate the significance of these distinctive objects.

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