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ictures have forcefully expressed ideas for thousands of years. Coupled with text, pictures enhance the power of the written word. "Accent on Images: The Language of Illustrated Books" demonstrates the immediate message of an image however foreign to the reader the language of the text.

This exhibition showcases illustrated books in modern foreign languages from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries selected from the rich and varied special collections of the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges. Languages spoken and read from Scandinavia to Cape Horn  and across the globe from the Iberian Peninsula to the Sea of Japan word these volumes. Subjects range from volcanic eruptions, visions of hell, and vanquishing heroes to hot air balloons, folly gardens, and costumed drama. Here are artists as assorted as an anonymous 15th century painter who decorated a Dutch manuscript to a 20th century American book artist whose pulp painting ignites a French poem. Recognized milestones in the art of the book such as the Ashendene Press Dante and the Cranach Press Hamlet stand beside a 16th century version of Aesop's Fables and a group of autobiographical stories written by students at the Scripps College Press.  All are part of the unique and rare materials available to The Claremont Colleges' constituency and to the wider scholarly community.

This exhibition was originally organized for the annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), held at Scripps College, November 6-8, 1998. During its month long venue at the Clark Humanities Museum, "Accent on Images" was viewed by residents of and visitors to The Claremont Colleges and surrounding communities. Now, we are making this exhibition available electronically to a much broader public through the World Wide Web,indeed to native speakers of the many languages represented in these bibliographic treasures.

                Judy Harvey Sahak
15th and 16th Centuries
18th Century
19th Century
20th Century: 1901 - 1950
20th Century: 1951 - 1996

    This exhibition was curated by Judy Harvey Sahak, Assistant Director of Libraries and Librarian, Denison Library. The Website visual design was created by James Otto, Digital Projects Specialist.

    Quoted material is taken from: The Herbert Clark Hoover Collection of Mining & Metallurgy = Bibliotheca De Re Metallica, annotated by David Kuhner; catalogued by Tania Rizzo; introd. by Cyril Stanley Smith.  [Catalogue] Claremont, Calif.: Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, 1980.

    All measurements indicate the dimensions of a book when closed unless otherwise indicated.