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Field Trip to the Beinecke Library and the Elizabethan Club

November 13, 2004

November 13, 2004, Yale University, New Haven, CT Members of The Ticknor Society enjoyed a day-long visit to New Haven, beginning at the Yale Center for British Art, where a William Morris exhibition was on display. After viewing the exhibition, the group headed to the Beinecke Library for a tour, punctuated by a complimentary catered…

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John O’Mara: “A bookseller who collects…a bartender who drinks?”

October 21, 2004

October 21, 2004, Signet Society, Harvard Square John O’Mara, of John O’Mara Fine Rare Books, entertained us with the story of his own personal collecting of annotated sixteenth-century books (with examples on exhibition) and how it relates to the current state of the book trade and book collecting.

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Annual Meeting and Visit to the Museum of Printing

June 6, 2004

June 6, 2004, Museum of Printing, North Andover, MA The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment, and printing craftsmanship. In addition to many special collections and small exhibits, the museum contains hundreds of antique printing, typesetting and bindery machines, as well as a library of books and printing-related…

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American Book Collectors of Children’s Literature

April 24, 2004

April 24, 2004, Boston Athenaeum Founded in 1986, the American Book Collectors of Children’s Literature (ABCs) Connecticut Chapter is open to authors and illustrators, book dealers, collectors, faculty members, librarians, and others who have an interest in collecting, preserving, reading, and studying children’s books no matter where they live. The ABCs Connecticut Chapter invited Ticknor…

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Sir Hans Sloane and His Printed Ephemera Collections

March 19, 2004

March 19, 2004, Houghton Library, Harvard University Giles Mandelbrote, Curator of British Collections 1501-1800 at the British Library, spoke about the printed ephemera collections of Sir Hans Sloane. Mr. Mandelbrote is a frequent contributor to scholarship about the history of the book trade and of book ownership, particularly in the seventeenth century. He is also…

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A Curator’s Tour by Roger Stoddard

February 24, 2004

February 24, 2004, Houghton Library, Harvard University Roger Stoddard, Curator of Rare Books in the Harvard College Library, led visitors on a tour of his exhibition “Res Gestae: Libri Manent; a Curator’s Choice,” a celebration of Stoddard’s career, highlighting 89 of his favorite acquisitions purchased for the Houghton Library from 1965 to 2003. The exhibition,…

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A Passion for Paper: The Decorated Paper Collections of Michele Cloonan and Sidney Berger

February 4, 2004

February 4, 2004, Cloonan/Berger Home Members Michele Cloonan and Sidney Berger hosted Ticknor Society members and friends for a visit to their home in Newton to see their remarkable collection of decorated papers, both historical and modern. A special highlight of the evening was the opportunity to print a keepsake on one of their Har-Ma…

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2003 Collectors’ Roundtable

December 2, 2003

December 2, 2003, Boston Public Library Following up on its previous collectors’ roundtable, the Ticknor Society decided to make this an annual event. Fellow booklovers joined members Kent Bicknell, Victor Gulotta, John Hench, and Charles Rheault in discussing their rationales and passions for collecting western writers on eastern thought; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; American World War…

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An Evening with Joanne Dobson

November 19, 2003

November 19, 2003, Harvard Faculty Club This dinner and talk by author Joanne Dobson was cohosted with the Speckled Band of Boston, a Sherlock Holmes society. Professor Dobson teaches English at Fordham University and is the author of the Karen Pelletier mysteries. Her first in this series, Quieter than Sleep (1997), was an Agatha nominee.…

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Four Contributions to the Cultural History of Libraries

October 4, 2003

October 4, 2003, Barker Center for the Humanities, Harvard University Co-sponsored with the History of the Book Seminar at the Barker Center for the Humanities, the program included four papers: “The Librarian in loco parentis” by Matthew Battles, Coordinating Editor of the Harvard Library Bulletin and author of Library: An Unquiet History “‘A beginning is…

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