This is one of two in-gallery videos featured in "Illuminated Palaces: Extra-Illustrated Books from the Huntington Library," an exhibition focused on an eccentric art of a bygone era.
Samuel Rudder's "A New History of Gloucestershire" started out as a single volume when it was published in 1779. Sometime in the early 20th century, one copy of it grew into nine volumes as a large quantity of new material was pasted onto blank leaves or sewn into the gatherings in a then-popular process called extra-illustration. One of those nine, shown here, was customized with maps, art prints, clippings, separately published pamphlets, original drawings, an auction catalog, and notes by the collector.
Curator Jennifer A. Watts discusses “In the Usual Manner,” a short film featuring contemporary artist Barret Oliver that was made in conjunction with her photography exhibition “A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War.”