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The exhibition Fine Specimens of the Bibliopegistic Art showcases bookbinding in the printing era, which dates to circa 1450. Specimens range from 15th-century incunabula (Latin for “diapers”) bound in discarded manuscript to a 1910 much-gilded limited edition of the works of Michel de Montaigne introduced by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The stack above includes, at top, a 5.5-x-3.6-inch, 1795 product of the Vatican Press whose Italian title means Food for the Soul and a 1502 Florentine quarter-leather binding of homilies by Pope Gregory I (second from bottom, its wooden boards partly exposed). Fine Specimens closes January 16, 2013.