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“Mark Squared” – Mark Samuels Lasner (right) enjoys a moment of calm with
Mark Dimunation of the Library of Congress at the MSL Collection Symposium. See the story here


Folger Library Exhibit
500 Years of Treasures from Oxford
Wednesday, April 11, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that we will be visiting the Folger Shakespeare Library for a tour of their current exhibit 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford, on Wednesday, April 12th, at 12:00 noon. The tour will be led by Chesapeake Chapter member Caroline Duroselle-Melish, who is also the Curatorial Advisor, and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints at the Folger.

The exhibit marks the 500th anniversary of Corpus Christi College, one of the oldest of the 38 self-governing colleges at the modern University of Oxford, and consists of a selection of fifty manuscripts and early printed books from its celebrated library. They range in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries and this is the first time they have been brought to America.

Focusing on the first hundred years of the College’s existence, the exhibition presents books which reflect the mission of the college, which was to pursue Humanist ideals of scholarship in three languages: Latin, Greek and Hebrew, the original languages of the Bible, along with such other subjects as Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicine, and Philosophy. Most notable among them are a group that has been called “the most important collection of Anglo-Jewish manuscripts in the world”; these works of the 12th and 13th centuries include a series of volumes apparently commissioned by Christians from Jews, from which to learn Hebrew and study biblical texts in their original language, as well as the commentaries of Rashi and what is thought to be the oldest surviving Ashkenazi prayer book.

Highlighting the college’s role in the development of science and medicine at Oxford, the exhibit includes a series of ground-breaking works, from Galileo’s first observation of the moon using a telescope and Sir Isaac Newton’s autograph observations of Halley’s comet to Hooke’s observations of insects using a microscope and Vesalius’ studies of the human body.

Reserving a place is not required, but we would appreciate having a sense of how many are coming. Please email Chris Sweterlitsch if you plan to attend

Thursday, April 13th, 5:30 p.m.
UMBC, Humanities Forum
“A Conversation About Digital Access”
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
1000 Hilltop Cir, Baltimore, MD 21250

“Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, will discuss the importance of the Library of Congress in the 21st century, especially in the digital age. The Library houses more than 162 million items that include historical documents and artifacts, photographs, books, manuscripts, sheet music, and so much more. Her monumental goal is to share all these items online with the public from coast to coast.

The main entrance to the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall (PAHB 235) is on the second floor of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, just inside the building entrance directly across from Lot 8.

“A Conversation with Collector Stephen Korshak”
Thursday, April 13th, 6:00 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
University of Maryland/Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD

“Introduced to literature and art of the science fiction and fantasy genres by his father Erle Korshak, a founder of the sci-fi imprint Shasta Publishers, collector Stephen Korshak will discuss the history and context of sci-fi and fantasy illustration, and share insights about the world class collection he has thoughtfully built over several decades.”

This talk is associated with the exhibit The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature which runs from April 10th to May 16th. The exhibit “offers an amazing exploration of both illustrative art and the evolution of the visual landscape of science fiction and fantasy literature. Featuring work by both American and European artists and spanning more than a century, these vivid illustrations bring to life adventures, beings, and worlds conjured in novels such as Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Tarzan, and pulp magazines including Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Fantastic Adventures, and Wonder Stories.

The 42nd annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair
Friday, April 28th, 4:00 to 8:00 pm 
Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Sphinx Club
1315 K Street, NW, Washington

The 42nd annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair will take place on Friday, April 28th, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at a different location this year: The Sphinx Club, 1315 K Street, NW, Washington. More information is available on the Book Fair’s web site.

“Screwing Around With Presses”
Saturday, April 29th, 2:00 p.m.
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Hyattsville, MD

Join Seth Gottlieb and Josef Beery for a discussion of the impact of the screw press on the history of printing, at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD.

Seth and Josef individually decided to build screw presses in 2016. Seth will present the story of building a reconstruction of an eighteenth-century wooden press using modern day tools and historic methods. The press built by his team is now a working tool in the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology. Josef has been demonstrating printing on the replica eighteenth-century wooden press at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. After receiving requests to take his demos on the road, he built a small desktop screw press which accurately recreates all of the processes involved in printing with a full-size press. He will demonstrate the BookBeetle, his exciting new press which is proving quite popular for teaching, printmaking, and book arts.

Space is limited to 15 people so please RSVP to Chris Sweterlitsch as soon as possible.

Additional information will be provided soon.

Casey Smith, “Ibbett Did It: Piquerism, Poetry,
and Letterpress Printing”
Saturday, June 24th, 2:00 p.m.
Johns Hopkins Club
3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore

This is a joint meeting of the Chesapeake Chapter and the Baltimore Bibliophiles.

Casey Smith, former Chesapeake Chapter Vice President, will give a talk previously presented at the 2016 APHA Conference at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, and postulates a connection between W. J. Ibbett and Jack the Ripper. The meeting will take place in the North Lounge of the Johns Hopkins Club, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore.

Additional information will be reported as it becomes available.

Paul Shaw Urban Lettering Walk
Sunday, October 15th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are especially pleased to announce that noted designer, design scholar, and educator Paul Shaw will lead an “urban lettering walk” of Baltimore environs.

Mr. Shaw has led numerous walks in the past and, as his web site states, they “[seek] out beautiful, odd and intriguing examples of lettering in the streetscapes of a single city.” The tours embrace a wide range of lettering in terms of style, technique and materials: inscriptions carved or cast in stone, painted “ghost” signs on brick walls, decaying neon signs, graffiti and more.

Additional information will be passed along as it becomes available.

Iron handpress for sale
by Greg Robison

Greg Robison, a member of the APHA / Chesapeake Chapter is interested in selling his iron handpress

Press details:
A.B. Taylor iron hand press
Platen: 19″ x 25″
Bed: 22.5″ x 29.75″

Asking price: $5,000 FOB Bethesda (i.e., I will help you load it into your truck or onto your trailer)

Includes a Chase (ID): 19.5″ x 23.5″, tympan, frisket & all operational parts.

The press was manufactured in NYC before 1865 (when company is known to have moved to Chicago and castings changed to “A.B. Taylor & Son”).  A.B. Taylors are relatively rare.  History of press is documented from mid-1880s, when it was owned by I.P. Kieffer and used to published an 8pp German-language Democratic weekly in Remson, Iowa (“Die Glocke”) for the Luxembourger community there.

Greg is principally interested in selling the press but will include in the price other accoutrements as may be necessary to complement destination shop (quoins, furniture & rack, imposing stone on small cabinet, a same-period 16 in. Challenge paper cutter, samples of printing from the press, some printable curiosities, etc.). Photos of most of the major additional pieces are available on request.

Greg can be contacted directly about this equipment at