Online Rare Book Event!

Opening the Case: The Giant Bible of Mainz at the Library of Congress

Register Here!

On National German-American Friendship Day, October 6, 2022 from 11:00am-12:30pm EST, the Library of Congress will be hosting an online event: Opening the Case: The Giant Bible of Mainz at the Library of CongressThis virtual event celebrating the Giant Bible of Mainz will present new research about the context and significance of one of the Library’s great treasures.

Given to the Library of Congress by philanthropist and bibliophile Lessing J. Rosenwald in 1952 as a part of the Rosenwald Collection, the Giant Bible of Mainz has captured the imagination of scholars and visitors to the Library for more than half a century. Now, through digitization, a new level of public access has been achieved. In keeping with Rosenwald’s commitment to encouraging broad cultural engagement with the history of the illustrated book, these images allow anyone interested in medieval manuscripts to encounter each and every page of this singular codex.

One of the great illuminated manuscripts, the Giant Bible of Mainz represents an amazing moment of transition within the history of European book production. A magnificent Middle-Rhenish manuscript copied between April 1452 and July 1453, the Giant Bible was written at the same time as Johann Gutenberg was printing his famous bible using moveable metal type. Join us on October 6th, 2022 to learn more about this fascinating moment in book history!

In honor of this event, RBSCD will provide an evening public viewing of the Giant Bible in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. This viewing will take place on October 6, 2022 from 5:00pm-7:00pm EST.  This in-person viewing is free, but tickets are required. You can reserve a ticket at Live! at The Library: The Giant Bible of Mainz or on the Library’s Events Page.


For more information about this event, contact Marianna Stell at marstell@loc.gov.

Learn More about the Giant Bible at the Links Below:
Giant Bible of Mainz Story Map: https://www.loc.gov/ghe/cascade/index.html?appid=968ad639b1534674925b785bf5ac8dae
Giant Bible of Mainz Video:https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-10427
Rosenwald Collection featuring the Giant Bible of Mainz: https://www.loc.gov/collections/lessing-j-rosenwald/about-this-collection
Giant Bible of Mainz digital link: https://www.loc.gov/item/52002226

Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program

The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program promotes the work of scholars new to bibliography, broadly defined to include the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of all textual artifacts. This includes manuscript, print, and digital media, from clay and stone to laptops and iPads. 

Thanks to a recent donation to BSA in honor of Jacob Blanck (1906-1974), the New Scholars Program now provides named support for bibliographical and book historical scholarship focusing on printed works of writers of the United States and their publishers, in addition to the program’s Malkin and Pantzer awards.

The New Scholars award is $1,000, with a $500 travel stipend. Three awards are made each year as part of a two-pronged program:

1.     New Scholars present fifteen-minute talks on their current, unpublished bibliographical research during a program preceding the Society’s Annual Meeting, held each January.

2.     Expanded versions of New Scholars’ papers are submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) for publication, subject to peer review. 

The committee strongly encourages applications from those who have not previously published, lectured, or taught on bibliographical subjects.

Bibliographical scholarship pursuing new methods and new approaches, including applications from candidates applying bibliographical theory and principles to diverse materials and media, is welcome. Guided by the Society’s Equity Action Plan, the committee also welcomes submissions that embrace diverse, multicultural perspectives.

For more details on the New Scholars program, including eligibility and application information, please visit the BSA website, and watch the 2020 information session recording on YouTube. A short video outlining the terms of each of the three named awards will be posted to the same channel.

Of Possible Interest to WRBG Members and Friends!

Belle da Costa Greene, The Extraordinary Librarian-Scholar Who Created the Morgan Library,” with Daria Rose Foner (A Virtual Event)
Belle da Costa Greene

Belle da Costa Greene, The Extraordinary Librarian-Scholar Who Created the Morgan Library,” with Daria Rose Foner (A Virtual Event)

On March 27 at 3 p.m., the Friends welcome Dr. Daria Rose Foner, a 2011 Princeton alumna, who recently joined Sotheby’s New York after having served as the Research Associate to the Director at the Morgan Library & Museum. Dr. Foner’s talk will introduce Belle da Costa Greene (1879-1950), arguably one of the greatest librarian-scholars of the 20th century, who began her career at Princeton University Library. Within a few years of being hired away by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1905, she became his chief consultant on bibliographic matters, eventually serving as the inaugural director of the Pierpont Morgan Library. 

Witty, vivacious, and intellectually curious, Greene forged a life for herself that existed at the intersection of high society, discriminating scholarship, and haute couture. Dr. Foner will trace Greene’s life from her origins in an upper-class African American community in Washington D.C., through her ascension to the pinnacle of her profession, and explores how the racial barriers of Jim Crow America led Greene, her mother, and her siblings to “pass” as white of Portuguese descent.

Register here: https://princeton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZEvOSrI9RQCvO50MgEhYGw

More about Dr. Daria Rose Foner:
Dr. Foner completed her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and a Masters of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She received her doctorate from Columbia University. Work on her dissertation, “Collaborative Endeavors in the Career of Andrea del Sarto,” was supported by the Fulbright Association, the Medici Archive Project in Florence, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Italian Art Society. At the Morgan, Dr. Foner worked on a range of exhibitions and collections-based initiatives, conducted considerable research on the institution’s early history, and with the Director, co-wrote an essay on J. Pierpont Morgan as a collector of rare books and manuscripts. She is the Co-Director of the Belle Greene – Bernard Berenson letters project and is currently preparing an essay on Belle Greene’s personal collection of Italian paintings. Dr. Foner is now at Sotheby’s New York in the Old Master Paintings Department. She is also the caa.reviews editor for New York exhibitions.
 

This event is part of the Friends of the Princeton University Library Small Talks Series held each month on a Sunday at 3 p.m. 

ABAA Mentorship Program

In an effort to further the ABAA’s mission, the mentorship program builds relationships between ABAA dealers and early-career booksellers, provides professional development opportunities for prospective ABAA members, and creates a recruitment pipeline that increases the number and diversity of qualified applicants to the ABAA. The 2022 mentee application can be found here.

During the year-long mentorship period, with support from ABAA Headquarters, mentors and mentees meet monthly to discuss aspects of their individual businesses and the trade as a whole.

Knowing that “fit” is key to a successful mentorship, ABAA Headquarters and the Women’s Initiative Committee carefully match mentors to mentees, taking into consideration special requests, areas of focus, and business models. Location may also be a factor, but with the availability of technology like Zoom, need not be a requirement.

ABAA Headquarters will be available throughout the entire process, from applications to mentorship pairings through the completion of the program, to address any questions or concerns that may arise.

More information including a full list of requirements for mentee and mentor applications can be found here. Please feel free to pass this opportunity along to employees, colleagues, or others who may be interested.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Eloisa Amezcua, ABAA’s Assistant Director at eloisa@abaa.org for more information.

APPLICATION PERIOD: February 23, 2022 – April 1, 2022
MENTORSHIP PERIOD: May 2, 2022 – May 1, 2023

Apply today as a MENTEE!
Apply today as a MENTOR!

National Woman’s Party Research Fellowship @ Library of Congress

Just sending out a friendly reminder that there are about 2 weeks left to apply for this new fellowship opportunity at the Library of Congress.  Please forward to anyone who might be interested!

Applications are currently being accepted for the new National Woman’s Party (NWP) Research Fellowship at the Library of Congress. The National Woman’s Party (NWP) Research Fellowship is made possible by a generous donation of the National Woman’s Party in 2020, during the centennial year of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

The purpose of the fellowship award is to ensure long-term support for research within the National Woman’s Party collection and other unparalleled women’s history collections at the Library of Congress into the future.

Details about eligibility and the application process can be found here.

Completed applications are due on February 15, 2022, and notification will occur in spring 2022.

New Internship Opportunity at the Library of Congress

For the first time, the General Collections Conservation Section at the Library of Congress is hosting a summer internship!

The General Collections Care Section (GCCS) provides treatment and housing of general and reference collections, which are defined as items created after 1801. Treatment activities focus primarily on general and reference collections, where damage to items has been identified through use. Housing is provided through the use of an automated box-making system and is done for collections both new and old that require special housing and which are held by custodial units throughout the Library. GCCS is dedicated to providing training in the care and conservation of general and reference collections within the library community.

The goal of this internship is to provide Library and Information Science graduate students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in general collections conservation treatments, work on larger preservation issues such as surveying general and reference collections, or work on projects that integrate various aspects of treatment and surrogate workflows.


This internship is for graduate students in Library and Information Science programs who are looking for an internship between the two academic years or the summer following graduation.

This is a 10 week, full time (40 hours) internship.

The internship runs from June through August and concludes with the publication of a project of choice on the Conservation Division website, and a final presentation by the intern to the lab on the year’s accomplishments.

Applicants should complete and submit by email the Preservation Application Form [PDF: 174 KB / 4 pp.] and a résumé.

For more information, please click here to visit the website for the internship.

Season’s Greetings and January News!

Season’s Greetings, WRBG members!

We are looking forward to a new year full of interesting programming and, at least for the next few months, gathering together online. We are grateful for your continued support over the past year, and we are looking forward to a time when we will return to in-person meetings, events, and tours.

As usual, the group will take a brief programming hiatus during the month of December, but our January event will be something a bit different:
the first WRBG Book Discussion!

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

We will discuss The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray; a fictionalized story of Belle da Costa Greene, personal librarian to J.P. Morgan.

Publisher’s Description: A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling authors Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

Greene was instrumental in establishing and developing the Morgan Library; she witnessed and participated in some of the most important book sales and auctions of the time, traveled the world seeking out new acquisitions, and earned the respect of the rare book world at a time when the field was dominated by men.

To provide additional context for our discussion, we will pair the novel with a scholarly article on Greene and three newspaper articles composed while Greene was still active:

  • Flaminia Gennari-Santori (2017) “This Feminine Scholar”: Belle da Costa Greene and the Shaping of J.P. Morgan’s Legacy, Visual Resources, 33:1-2, 182-197, DOI: 10.1080/01973762.2017.1276723
  • “The Morgan Library and Miss Greene: Retrospective Exhibition…” by Aline B. Louchheim. New York Times (1923- ); Apr 17, 1949.
  • “Spending J.P. Morgan’s Money for Rare Books.” New York Times (1857-1922); Apr 7, 1912
  • “J.P. Morgan’s Librarian Says High Book Prices are Harmful.” New York Times (1857-1922); Apr 30, 1911.

Please stay tuned for details (including pdfs of the supplementary readings) and a specific date and time for this event. In the meantime, we hope this gives you a good excuse to read something engaging over the holidays. We look forward to seeing you at this and future programs in the New Year.


Thank you for your support of our small but industrious group during this challenging time. If you have not, and are able, please pay your $30 annual, tax-deductible dues. You can renew your membership here: http://washingtonrarebookgroup.org/membership-renewal/. You can also send a check to: Washington Rare Book Group, P O Box 1387, Washington, DC 20013. If you cannot, we understand, and will keep you on our mailing list and continue to welcome you to all events.

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible gift that will have a positive effect on the future of bibliographic endeavors in our area, please consider donating to the WRBG scholarship fund. We award one full-tuition scholarship each year for a week-long class at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. You can make your contribution here: http://washingtonrarebookgroup.org/donate/. We hope that this scholarship will continue to grow and provide exceptional experiences for the up-and-coming in the Rare Book World.

Covid-19 has had an effect on every aspect of our lives and we are all looking forward to brighter days ahead. We wish health and happiness for you and your families in the New Year, and we hope to see you soon.   

Amanda Zimmerman
President, WRBG

2021 Updike Prize for Student Type Design Awards Presentation and Talk!

Please join APHA New England virtually on Wednesday, December 8 at 7pm for the 2021 Updike Prize for Student Type Design Awards Presentation, including a virtual studio tour/talk, “Teaching All Types in a Library/Casting the Cherokee Syllabary,” by Dartmouth College Library’s Book Arts Workshop Program Manager Sarah M. Smith.

This program is a co-presentation of Providence Public Library and the American Printing History Association, New England Chapter (APHA New England).

The Updike Prize rewards student designers who integrate historical research into their practice. This year’s winners, Corrine Ang and Peter Nowell, were praised by our panel of judges for the creativity, sensitivity, and overall quality of their work, which will be showcased during presentation of the awards.

Following the presentation, join us for a virtual tour of Dartmouth College Library’s Book Arts Workshop with Program Manager, Sarah M. Smith. She’ll show us around the workshop and tell us about how she works with classes and students from a wide variety of disciplines on campus. Close attention will be paid to projects printed with the Cherokee Syllabary that the Book Arts Workshop acquired from type caster, Ed Rayher of Swamp Press. Sarah will give a bit of background to how Ed started casting the Cherokee Syllabary and how he creates molds from digital faces.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required, please register at https://provlib.libcal.com/event/7964551

See you soon,
Alice Beckwith, APHANE President
Jordan Goffin, APHANE Vice President        

WRBG is Invited!

To join our friends in the Chesapeake Chapter of APHA for a special event.

A Woman’s Type : Early Woman Type Designers in 20th Century Book History

Saturday, December 11 • 2 p.m.

APHA’s next Chapter program will be a talk on Zoom by Lauren Elle DeGaine, a M.A. student at the University of Victoria (British Columbia) on women type designers.

The talk will look at a number of woman type designers, and their impact on early 20th century typography and book design.

More details on this special program will be coming your way shortly. Save the date!