- Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Libraries, 2019.
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- Embossed paper covers with French flaps
- 180 pages
- ISBN: 9780990448754
Price: $45.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 133693
Winner of the 2020 Leab Category 2 Book Award:
"The creative and dynamic design coupled with the comprehensive content of this catalog contribute to the stand-out character of Wise Men Fished Here. The committee was pleased that the catalog featured conversation regarding not only the collection and its history, but also the process of cataloging, describing and exhibiting the material. The under-told story of the woman bookseller at the center of the exhibition, and her influence on the arc of modernism, has both high scholarly value and broad appeal to a general public." - Leab Awards Committee
Catalog for the exhibition of books, magazines, and ephemera from the Gotham Book Mart collection at the University of Pennsylvania from February 18 - May 20, 2019. Full-color catalog, fully illustrated, Includes essays on the history of the Gotham Book Mart, small-press publishing, literary movements, GBM imprints, and Edward Gorey.
In 2008, the University of Pennsylvania was gifted the contents of the Gotham Book Mart, the legendary New York City bookstore founded by Frances Steloff in 1920. To mark the 100th anniversary of the store's founding, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts mounted an exhibition in honor of Frances Steloff and her famous bookshop. For decades the Gotham Book Mart was, as Steloff prosaically put it, "the headquarters of the avant-garde." The exhibition explores the shop's role in assembling, publishing, and promoting groundbreaking experimental writers, as well as its later years under the ownership of Steloff's hand-chosen successor, Andreas Brown, focusing on Brown's passion for postcards and collaborations with graphic artist Edward Gorey.
For eight years, Penn Libraries curators and staff unpacked and processed over 200,000 items and unveiled one hundred and fifty linear feet of archival materials. From this mass of "stuff," Curator David McKnight, with the assistance of Katherine Aid and Camille Davis, selected 300 pieces ranging in date from 1900 to 2000. Drawing upon the collection's vast array of material evidence -- books, periodicals, manuscripts, and ephemera -- this catalogue narrates the history of the shop from its earliest beginnings to its demise in 2005.