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About Mark Samuels Lasner

Senior Research Fellow
University of Delaware Library
181 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19717

Collector, bibliographer, and typographer Mark Samuels Lasner is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library. A graduate of Connecticut College, he is the author of The Bookplates of Aubrey Beardsley (Rivendale Press, 2008), A Bibliography of Enoch Soames (Rivendale Press, 1999), The Yellow Book: A Checklist and Index (Eighteen Nineties Society, 1998), A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley (Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1995), and William Allingham: A Bibliographical Study (Holmes Publishing Co., 1993); as well as co-authored (with Margaret D. Stetz) books such as England in the 1880s: Old Guard and Avant-Garde (University of Virginia Press, 1989) and England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (Georgetown U Press, 1990). His articles and notes have appeared in the Book Collector, Browning Institute Studies, Notes and Queries, and other journals. He has organized or co-curated exhibitions held at numerous institutions, including the University of Virginia Library, Houghton Library and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Georgetown University Library, Bryn Mawr College Library, Liverpool Central Library, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

Mark Samuels Lasner was the principal organizer of “Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites,” a conference and related exhibitions held at the University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and the Delaware Art Museum in October 2010. More recently, he co-curated with Alex L. Ames the exhibition, “Grolier Club Bookplates, Past & Present,” at the Grolier Club in New York, November 2016–January 2017.

Active in numerous bibliophile and bibliographical organizations, Samuels Lasner was the 2003 recipient of the Sir Thomas More medal from the University of San Francisco, awarded to honor the spirit of “private collecting, a public benefit.”

In 2016 Samuels Lasner donated his collection of more than 9.,500 rare books, manuscripts, graphics, and ephemera relating to British literature and art of the period 1850–1090 to the University of Delaware Library.

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