Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.
In this illustrated talk, collector, bibliographer, typographer and curator Mark Samuels Lasner will tell of his near forty years of collecting British authors and artists of the period 1850 to 1900, with a focus on the Pre-Raphaelites and their circle. What started with the purchase of a Kelmscott Press book as a memento of his first trip to London and a serendipitous gift from the last living person to have known William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones soon got out of hand, resulting in the purchase of more than 9,000 books, manuscripts, letters, artworks, photographs and ephemera that today make up the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, now on loan to the University of Delaware Library.
Mark Samuels Lasner is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Museum, 2003 recipient of Sir Thomas More medal from the University of San Francisco, awarded to honour the spirit of “private collecting, a public benefit.” A 1974 graduate of Connecticut College, Mark Samuels Lasner is the author of numerous books including The Bookplates of Aubrey Beardsley (2008); William Allingham: A Bibliographical Study (1993); as well as co-author with Margaret D Stutz of England in the 1880’s: Old Guard and Avant-Garde (1989); England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (1990); and The Yellow Book: A Centenary Exhibition (1994). He is active in numerous scholarly, bibliographical and bibliophilic organisations. He served for twenty years as President and Newsletter Editor of the William Morris Society in the United States.
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