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Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events. Methods for sharing them are being explored.

May Luncheon

Luncheon: Friday, May 8, Union League Club

Dr. James Cornelius on

Lincoln And Illinois - Materials From The Only Known Copy Club

If your taste in documents runs to the rare, the May presentation is sure to delight. It features Lincoln and Illinois materials that positively drip with scarcity. Most are part of the exclusive Only Known Copy Club.

Dr. James M. Cornelius, curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, will offer an engaging illustrated talk that draws from the deepest well of Lincolniana. Marking the sesquicentennial year of Lincoln’s triumph and tragedy, he will reveal unique pieces of printed matter from the collections at Springfield as well as at the University of Illinois in Urbana.

The treasures will range in age from circa 1840 to 2014. Lincoln will be the focus, but other bits of Illinois history and Americana fit snugly into this generously illustrated presentation. Some of these surprises are exquisitely illustrated and/or bound; others may be plain to look at but offer fascinating back stories. The talk will also reveal some startling 3-dimensional pieces.

A few items won’t be members of that Only Known Copy Club, but are included for the sake of a rousing story or because they offer a cautionary tale for both dedicated collector and weekend attic-snooper.

On May 8, the Caxton Club will be the Land of Lincoln.

May luncheon:Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $32. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Reservations suggested by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch.

May Dinner

Dinner and Annual Meeting, May 20, Union League Club, Crystal Ball Room

Christopher de Hamel

on the Coella Lindsay Ricketts collection at the Lilly Library

Christopher de Hamel is a renowned medieval manuscript expert and Donnelley Fellow Librarian of the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Dr. de Hamel holds four doctorates, two earned at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and two honorary degrees. He has written numerous books which have been translated into at least seven languages. A popular and well-known speaker, he has lectured on every continent except the Antarctic. His presentation to the Caxton Club will feature Coella Lindsay Ricketts (1859-1941), a member of the Caxton Club, professional scribe and illustrator, who established The Scriptorium on South Dearborn in Chicago. A Newberry Library exhibition in 1888 changed Ricketts’ life, firing a passion to collect medieval manuscripts in voluminous amounts. This program will examine his collections now residing at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington. Copies of Gilding the Lilly authored by Dr. de Hamel and featuring portions of the Ricketts collection will be available for sale and signing.

Also, please note that this will be the Annual Meeting of the Caxton Club. We will elect a new executive committee as well as our Class of 2018 for the Council. Please plan to attend.

May dinner: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. This program will follow our new format: spirits at 5, program at 6 with dinner to follow. Drinks are $5 - $9, Dinner is $48. Reservations are essential to attend either the program only or the program and dinner combination. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Please reserve no later than May 15 at 5 pm.

June Luncheon

On June 12 you’ll be taken on a lavishly illustrated journey to the inner sanctum of the special collections at the Chicago Public Library. Caxtonian Glenn Humphreys, who serves as head of rare books and manuscripts at special collections, will reveal the origins, holdings; and unexpected treasures that lie within.

June Dinner

On June 17 at the Union League Club, Arnold Hirshon, University Librarian at Case Western, will speak on the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. His talk is titled “Alice at 150; Artistic Visions as Visual Translation.” Reverse program: social hour at 5, presentation at 6, with dinner to follow.