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The Meaning of Everything: An Evening with Simon Winchester

April 15, 2003

April 15, 2003, Boston Public Library The popular and highly regarded author of “The Professor and the Madman,” “The Map That Changed the World,” “Krakatoa,” and “The Meaning of Everything: the Story of the Oxford English Dictionary,” took us on a tour of his books, how places he has been have influenced his work, and…

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Professors Joel Myerson and Ron Bosco on Emerson and His Books

March 27, 2003

March 27, 2003, Houghton Library, Harvard University Professors Myerson and Bosco, both noted authors, collectors, and leading authorities on Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalists, were co-curators of a Houghton exhibit mounted to commemorate the bicentennial of Emerson’s birth. They spoke about Emerson’s library and his thoughts on books.

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First and Most Recent – But Never Last!

February 4, 2003

February 4, 2003, Boston Public Library Ticknor Society members discussed their rationales and passions for collecting, member Nick Basbanes moderating. Robin Bledsoe let us in on just what started her collecting horse books; Leonard Scinto admitted to a particular enthusiasm for commedia dell’arte; Joan Nordell shared her fervor for one-of-a-kind artist’s books; and Dan Posnansky…

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A Visit to Kenneth Rendell’s World War II Museum

December 2, 2002

December 3, 2002 Natick, MA Noted autograph and manuscript dealer and author Kenneth W. Rendell invited us for an unforgettable evening at his vast Museum of World War II. This museum can ONLY be visited by invitation. For an introduction to the collections, visit We had free range of the collections while enjoying cocktails;…

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Book Fair Secrets: a Roundtable Discussion

October 17, 2002

October 17, 2002, Boston Public Library This roundtable discussion was hosted by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, its chair, Peter Stern, presiding over a panel of Boston-area booksellers. Greg Gibson of Ten Pound Island Books (Gloucester, MA), Greg Powers of Powers Rare Books (Manchester, NH), Priscilla Juvelis of Priscilla…

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An Evening Celebrating the Ticknors

June 6, 2002

June 26, 2002, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston The second meeting of the Ticknor Society celebrated the Ticknors—George Ticknor and his daughter, Anna Ticknor—for whom the club was named. The meeting featured speakers Professor Sally Schwager of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Peter Accardo of the Houghton Library, and Ken Carpenter, retired from the Harvard…

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Nicholas Basbanes on A Fellowship of Books

May 22, 2002

May 22, 2002, Harvard Law School The inaugural meeting of the Ticknor Society was hosted by David Ferris, David Warrington, and the Harvard Law School which generously provided a lovely space for our first meeting as well as appropriate and ample refreshments. The meeting was a great success, attracting over 80 bibliophiles.

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