In late February, the Athenæum opened its newest exhibit, Bibliomania: Book Arts at the Providence Athenæum. It was only on view for three short weeks before the library had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic – in the meantime, the exhibit has remained installed but unseen! Join Athenæum Reference & Special Collections Librarian Stephanie Ovoian for a virtual viewing of Bibliomania. Explore the library’s extensive and beautiful collections through the lens of five frequently asked questions. Rarely seen treasures will be highlighted, ranging from illuminated medieval manuscripts to extraordinary contemporary bindings, including works by Johann Gutenberg, William Morris, the Roycroft Press and the magnificent, complete 25-volume set of the Description de l’Egypte.
Stephanie Ovoian is the Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Providence Athenæum. She received her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and has completed coursework through the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. She lives in Providence with her husband and their two cats.