Reaching into near and far corners of the world, this exhibition draws on a rich collection of materials that represents the book hunting activities of a fervent bibliophile in the first half of the 20th century. Wherever he traveled Nat Schmulowitz searched out bookshops and added humor books to what has become the world's largest public collection of wit & humor.
From a gift of ninety-three jest books, the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor now holds over 22,000 volumes, representing over 400 years of humor in thirty-seven languages and dialects.
Innocents Abroad opens April 1 in the Skylight Gallery and continues through May 31.
RELATED DISPLAY AND PROGRAMS
Making Tracks -- Don’t Forget to Write: Selected Travel Books. A book cover display on the Third Floor, General Collections and Humanities Center Wall Case.
Thursdays at Noon Film Series: April 5, 12, 19
Image: R.M.S. Andania postcard, Nat Schmulowitz scrapbook, 1926. Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, SFPL.