Virtual Tour

“The Poet of Them All”: William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert
Thursday, June 16, 2016–Sunday, August 21, 2016

If you were unable to visit the exhibition while it was on display, the Center offers a virtual reality presentation of “The Poet of Them All. The exhibition tour explores the works of William Shakespeare from a fresh perspective, placing the literary giant within a tradition of fine craftsmanship on a completely different scale. Nearly one hundred exquisitely bound miniature editions of plays, sonnets, and books inspired by Shakespeare—each measuring three inches high or less and selected from the singular collection of Neale and Margaret Albert—are virtually on display. This includes miniature editions of Shakespeare’s works published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by William Pickering, Knickerbocker Press, and others, all bound with artistic designer bindings commissioned by Neale Albert (Yale JD 1961) during the past decade. Designer bookbinding is an aspect of the book arts too often overlooked, and this online tour of the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to examine these works. All of the books included in the exhibition are a promised gift to the Center from Neale and Margaret Albert. Thanks are due to photographer Tom Grill, who created this project.