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February Luncheon

Friday, February 9, Union League Club

Samuel Feinstein

“The Portrait of a (Bookbinding) Artist As A Young Man”

We sometimes call the pages in a book “leaves”, because in the first century of the common era, writers in India used a metal stylus to write on palm leaves, which were later inked and of-ten bound to form books. Now, millenia later, in this digital age, what could draw a young person to this ancient craft … and what are its applications today?

Join us in February as Caxtonian Samuel Feinstein shares his remarkable and surprising story, which began on a conventional college campus and then took him to Boston’s North Ben-net Street School, where students are taught crafts ranging from violin making, to preservation carpentry, to bookbinding.

His generously illustrated talk will reveal his unique story and highlight the kinds of fine, all purpose, and traditional/period bindings as well as enclosures that Feinstein creates today. An instructor as well as a craftsman, Feinstein will help reveal how the book arts remain alive and vibrant through a new generation. Whether you’re a bookbinding enthusiast or new to the topic, you’re bound to enjoy this program!

February 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 an-nounced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednes-day for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Caxton Club members may register and pay in advance online. No online cancellations.

February Dinner

Wednesday, February 21, Union League Club

Sandra Hindman

“The Medieval World at Our Fingertips”

Step back in time and into the world of illuminated manuscripts with Sandra Hindman who will discuss medieval illuminations from her personal collection, a collection so dazzling that it is the basis of an exhibit now on view at the Art Institute.

Sandra, Professor Emerita at Northwestern, is a noted manuscript scholar, author, and collector. In 1991 she founded Les Enluminures with offices in Paris, New York, and Chicago and specializing in manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The richly-illustrated book by Christopher de Hamel for the Art Institute's exhibit "The Medieval World at Our Fingertips: Manuscript Illuminations from the Collection of Sandra Hindman" will be available for sale and signing on the evening of the event.

February dinner: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. The evening will follow this order: social gathering, 5-6pm; program 6pm; dinner to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Beverages $6-$12. Three-Course Dinner: $63. Reservations must be recevied by NOON Monday, February 19. Dinner cancellations made after that time and no-shows will require payment. To reserve call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Caxton Club members may register and pay in advance online. No online cancellations.