The Caxton Club brings together archivists, authors, binders, book artists, collectors, conservators, booksellers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, scholars, and others. Members from these diverse backgrounds form a community that shares a love of printed, handwritten, and digital books and related textual objects, such as pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera. The club provides a forum to learn about the arts, history, and technologies of these materials, as well as a space to share the joys of appreciating and collecting them.


Upcoming Caxton events

    • 05/19/2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • 5/19/2021 6:30 PM CST/ 7:30 EST via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.

    May Evening Program


     Anthony Grafton


     Inky Fingers

    Note that registering for the event will provide you with the opportunity to purchase copies of Inky Fingers for $28.50 including tax, shipping, and a custom designed bookplate signed by the author. 

    Join us as renowned historian Anthony Grafton illuminates the physical and mental labors that fostered the golden age of the book in early modern Europe.  Professor Grafton will explore how the exertions of scholars shaped influential books, treatises, and forgeries. He will trace the transformation of humanistic approaches to texts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and examine the sustaining and constraining effects of theological polemics on sixteenth century scholars. His recent book, Inky Fingers, has been widely reviewed as both a scholarly and readable tribute to the work of early modern European bookmakers.

    Professor Grafton's special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the nineteenth century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance.  He joined the Princeton History Department in 1975 after earning his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) in history from the University of Chicago and spending a year at University College London.

    This evening will also be the Annual meeting of the Caxton Club and will include the election of Officers as well as Council Class of 2024. All Caxton members are encouraged to attend.  

    • 05/26/2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • 5/26/2021 6:30 PM CST/7:30 PM ET via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.

    May Evening Program


     Teri J. Edelstein


    The 1925 International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris articulated a “moderne” style known today as Art Deco. Elements of this style were seen earlier in the city but the Exposition played a major role in bringing a new zest for design innovation to Chicago. Local brands, ranging from Marshall Field’s to a ladies’ compact manufacturer in Elgin, expressed these contemporary trends. This program will examine how the attitudes and products from the 1925 Exposition came to the Windy City and the ways in which Chicagoans used them to participate in a world-wide design movement.

    Dr. Teri J. Edelstein, curator and museum consultant, is principal of Teri J. Edelstein Associates, Museum Strategies. She served as Deputy Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and previously as director of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She has taught at several universities. Her numerous publications include many articles and exhibition catalogues as well as the books Perspectives on Berthe Morisot and Art for All: British Posters for Transport. She contributed a major essay to Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. Most recently, she curated Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground for The Art Institute of Chicago.

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