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Keeping Time: Books about Clocks and Time
Featuring Books from the Collection of Justice Warren Shepro

An Exhibition in the Lilly Library Curated by Rebecca Cape and Joel Silver

September 24 - December 15, 2007

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Time. What is it? Why do we care about it? Does it really exist? How do we measure it? How can we use it? These are questions going back, perhaps, to the beginning of ... time. Even now, when we can measure time ever more precisely, it is still of fundamental concern to us.

Horology is the science, and art, of measuring time, including the construction of devices to do so. This exhibition focuses on horological books but also comprises literary and other works that use clocks and time as a theme or motif.

The inspiration of this exhibition comes from the 2006 gift by Teresa Lemon Shepro of the collection of horological books assembled by her late husband, Justice Warren Shepro, many of which are featured in the exhibition.

Born in Florida in 1926, Justice Warren Shepro was a lawyer and businessman who grew up in the Chicago area, where he lived for the rest of his life. He became interested in antique clocks in 1971 with his purchase of a grandfather clock for his law office. Over the next 30 years he assembled one of the largest collections of timepieces in the world. His collection of French clocks from the 16th through 19th centuries was considered to be the best in the world. At the age of 70 he taught himself French so he could correspond and converse with other experts in the field of French clocks.

Mr. Shepro was also a recognized expert in the field of horology, serving as president of the American section of the Antiquarian Horological Society for almost ten years. He was also admitted into the London guild the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1977, only the second American to be accorded that honor.

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