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bibliographer , book collector

Mark Samuels Lasner, American Book and art collector. Avocations: buying clothes, living in the past (my own and late ninteenth century). OTHER ADDRESS (Mailing)Mark Samuels LasnerWilliam Morris SocietyPO Box 53263Washington, District of Columbia 20009 M C.


Lasner, Mark Samuels was born on July 1, 1952 in New Haven. Son of Morton Spero and Bryna Jane (Samuels) Lasner.


Bachelor in American Studies summa cum laude, Connecticut College, 1974.


He is also a collector, bibliographer and typographer. Samuels Lasner is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library. A graduate of Connecticut College, Samuels Lasner has served as an honorary Curator at several institutions and is active in numerous bibliophile and scholarly organizations.

His life’s work has, however, been the amassing of what Samuels Lasner calls "A Period Library", one of the country’s foremost private collections of books, manuscripts, letters, and artworks by British cultural figures who flourished between 1850 and 1900. His collection comprises 2,500 first and other editions, including many signed and association copies, manuscripts, letters, works on paper, and ephemera. The materials in his collection, particularly those relating to Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, Oscar Wilde, and other writers and artists of the 1890s, have provided the basis for numerous publications and exhibitions.

Samuels Lasner is Senior Research Fellow at the Library of the University of Delaware, which now houses the larger portion of his collection.


  • Samuels Lasner was the 2003 recipient of the Sir Thomas More medal from the University of San Francisco, which was awarded to honor the spirit of "private collecting, a public benefit." In 2009 The American Printing History Association (APHA) announced a fellowship award, the Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History for the study of printing history. An award of up to $2,000 is available for research in any area of the history of printing in any form, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms.



Board directors Friends of Connecticut College Library., since 1974, Friends of Princeton University Library., since 1991. Fellow, Morgan Library. & Museum, since 1994.

Board Directors, University Delaware Library. Associate, since 2002. Volunteer Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1975-1976.

Volunteer bibliographer University Virginia Library., Charlottesville, 1982-1986, board directors since 1992. Fellow Morgan Library. & Museum, New York (visiting committee manuscripts since 2008).

Member William Morris Society in the United States (president 1988-2004), Bibliographical Society United States, Tennyson Society (American representative 1986-2000), Bibliographical Society of America (director 2002-2004), William Nuthead Society, Eighteen-Nineties Society, Ticknor Society, William Morris Society (president 1992-2004), Williams Club, Grolier Club (publications committee since 1993, director 1997-2004, vice president 2004), Franklin Inn Club, Philobiblon Club, Association International des Bibliophiles, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: Macintosh computers, buying clothes, dressing like William Powell in The Thin Manitoba.


Morton Spero Lasner

Bryna Jane (Samuels) Lasner