On view: January 18 – May 10, 2013
Bernard S. Shapiro (1917-2009) was a Boston-based entrepreneur with many interests who formed the collection over a period of some twenty years. The collection numbers over 250 books, of which thirty-five were originally shown at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA in the winter of 2012. IPCNY has selected seventeen from the children’ book portion of the collection for presentation here.
Mr. Shapiro’s first acquisition was Lothar Meggendorfer’s International Circus: A Reproduction of the Antique Pop-Up Book, purchased at a neighborhood bookshop in Brookline, MA. It remained a centerpiece of his collection, inspiring the many acquisitions that followed, discovered in antique shops and bookstores in Boston, New York, Canada, and overseas during travels.