Besotted: Wine and Words
Yes, besotted can mean ‘drunk,’ but it’s also a feeling of infatuation and fascination. This Hands-On Tour focuses on intoxicating artifacts and rare books that chronicle the history of wine and explore its role within literature. From mentions of sherry found in the pages of Shakespeare’s Henry IV to Leopold Bloom’s burgundy in Ulysses, there is no shortage of evidence of historic imbibing in the Rosenbach’s collection.
Led by a member of our staff, spend an hour getting up-close and personal with a variety of treasures, including a Hebrew prayer book from 1732 and a Kelmscott Press edition of the poems of John Keats.
About Hands-on Tours
Created especially for visitors who seek an in-depth and focused look at our collection, Hands-On Tours allow you unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. Depending on the tour, you will have the chance to handle historic items, be it by turning the page of a rare book, testing the weight of a delicate teacup, or reading from a manuscript. Click here for a list of all themes and an up-to-date schedule.
Hands-On Tours are offered almost every Friday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as there are a limited number of spots on each tour and tours without registrants 48 hours in advance will be cancelled. To register, call (215)732-1600, ext. 123 or e-mail rsvp [at] rosenbach [dot] org.
Any open spots on a tour will become available to drop-in visitors on a ﬁrst-come ﬁrst-served basis at noon on the day of the tour. If you plan to drop-in for a Hands-On Tour, please call (215)732-1600 and dial “0” to conﬁrm that the tour is being offered.
$5 per person (in addition to the cost of general admission).