2004_06_artsbook.jpgGothamist almost missed out on The Art Deco Bookbindings of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler at the New York Public Library. The exhibit features 43 select Art Deco bindings from the Paris, as well as two rare samples from the NYPL's own Spencer Collection. The majority of the books on display have never before been exhibited.

Credited with revolutionizing bookbinding in France, Legrain studied theater design, and had designed furniture and jewelry. Adler designed clothing, furniture and jewelry, and specialized in gold tooling. Legrain and Adler used these varied design pursuits to turn modern bookbinding into an artform all its own.

The exhibit closes this Saturday, June 12. It is located in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery on the first floor of the NYPL Humanities and Social Sciences Library on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street (directions).