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Jennifer Larson

Since childhood, I have collected miniature and small-format antiquarian books. I focus on literature for adults, especially Classical authors, and works in Latin, Greek, French and English. My collection includes more than two hundred books from the 16th through the 20th centuries, with many examples from the golden age of Dutch printing and publishers such as Plantin, Janssonius and the Elzeviers. From the 19th century, I collect the “Diamond Classics” printed by William Pickering, and sets of French literature designed as “traveling libraries.” I’m interested in the relationship between content and small format, for example, the popularity of small editions of philosophical works (Boethius, Epictetus) in the 17th and 18th centuries. I am fond of fine typography and bindings, and I particularly enjoy researching previous owners and their marginalia.