Mark Samuels Lasner
|Position:||Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library|
|Office:||181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717|
Collector, bibliographer, and typographer Mark Samuels Lasner is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press. 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), England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (Georgetown U Press, 1990), and The Yellow Book: A Centenary Exhibition (Houghton Library, 1994). 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 Grolier Club.
More recently, he co-curated with Margaret D. Stetz “‘Everything is going on brilliantly’: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia” at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, January–June 2015, and with Alex L. Ames “Grolier Club Bookplates, Past & Present,” November 2016–January 2017 at the Grolier Club in New York.
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.