In Plain Sight: The Book As A Work of Art

Books are often overlooked as works of art. From the medieval illuminators to Johannes Gutenberg to William Morris to the Easton Press, books have often straddled a line between artwork and repositories of information. We see them every day, crammed onto shelves in our homes, at our libraries, and our local bookstores. They are the chameleons of the art world, blending into the background of our daily lives. Sometimes these books that are so easily overlooked are hiding wonders far greater than the words printed upon their pages. In June 2019, a large auction house sold an inscribed first edition copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species for $500,075 – more than double its expect