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Dr. Jessica Linker on her Ticknor Prize-winning Collection

May 9, 2023

May 9th, 2023, 6-7:30 pm, Zoom Professor Jessica Linker, winner of the 2022 Ticknor Collecting Prize, presented a talk on her research collection of books and other materials related to the life and work of Emma Hart Willard (1787-1870). View her winning entry, “Emma Hart Willard: A Life in Print,” here, and Ticknor members can sign into…

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Ticknor Society Book Swap

April 22, 2023

April 22nd, 2023, 2-3:30 pm, Maynard Public Library Where? Maynard Public Library What? Bring a Book, Take a Book A fun time was had by all during our visit to the Maynard Public Library on Saturday, April 22nd. Library staff were most welcoming! Pictured are some of the Ticknorites who participated displaying their new-found “good…

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Curator tour of “Do It Yourself! Self-Publishing from Letterpress to LaserJet”

April 4, 2023

April 4, 2023, 5:30-6:30pm, Houghton Library, Harvard University On Thursday, April 4th, Ticknor members and friends enjoyed a tour of Houghton Library’s exhibition “Do It Yourself!”, let by co-curators Christine Jacobson, Assistant Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, and Kristine Greive, Head of Teaching and Learning. What immediately struck this visitor is that while modern…

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Collector’s Corner, with Tim Weiskel

March 21, 2023

March 21, 2023, 6pm, Zoom On Tuesday, March 21, several dozen Ticknorites and others joined Tim Weiskel, via Zoom, for a fascinating talk on accessing digital maps and other media, particularly on the subjects of Africa and global history as it relates to Africa. Tim’s personal and teaching collection is deep and broad, and we…

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Reid Byers on “The Private Library”

February 22, 2023

February 22, 2023, 6pm, Zoom On Wednesday evening, February 22, Ticknor Society member Reid Byers took his Zoom audience on an extraordinary journey across continents and millennia to view and learn all about a remarkable variety of private libraries and their architecture, furnishings, and users. It was fascinating to learn precisely where these rooms of books…

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Tour of the “Materialia Lumina” exhibition

February 1, 2023

February 1, 2023, 6-8pm, Boston Athenaeum On Wednesday, February 1st, Dr. John Buchtel, Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections at the Boston Athenaeum, led Ticknor members on a tour around the inaugural exhibition in the newly renovated Boston Athenaeum, titled “Materialia Lumina | Luminous Books: Concept & Craft in Contemporary Artists’ Books.”…

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Ticknor Collecting Prize: Preparing Your Entry

January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023, 6pm, Zoom Why do you collect what you collect? What is the scope of your collection? What are your present and future goals? How can you best explain to others why it means so much to you? Preparing an entry for The George and Anna Eliot Ticknor Book and Book Culture Collecting…

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2022 Show & Tell

December 6, 2022

December 6, 2022, 6pm, Zoom Our annual appreciation of each other’s collections took place online on December 6th, 2022, and included presentations by Ticknor members Dorothy Africa, who updated us on new additions to her collection of binding exemplars and artist’s books; Marie Canaves, who introduced us to incredible Chinese thread books made from folded…

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2022 Collectors’ Roundtable

November 12, 2022

November 12, 2022, 3:30 pm, Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, Hynes Convention Center We returned to an in-person Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair in 2022 after a three-year hiatus. The Ticknor Society hosted our annual Collectors’ Roundtable, during which we announced the winner of the 2022 Ticknor Collecting Prize, Dr. Jessica Linker, for her entry…

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Calligrapher Margaret Shepherd on the making of Song of Songs

November 1, 2022

November 1, 2022, 7 pm, First Church in Boston Margaret Shepherd gave a presentation about the project that would become her book Song of Songs, the Bible’s Great Love Poems in Calligraphy. She described the range of techniques she used to express specific passages from the text through calligraphy, as well as the challenges she…

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