The Caxton Club brings together archivists, authors, binders, book artists, booksellers, collectors, conservators, designers, editors, librarians, printers, 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, maps, 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.


Caxton Members: Submit your item to our online exhibit, Caxtonians’ Collections.
Exhibit is open to all.

Upcoming Caxton events

    • 10/19/2021
    • 5:30 PM
    • 10/19/2021 | 5:30 PM CT Live program at ULCC Library 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604. Advance registration required via website.
    Registration is closed

    Please join us for a very timely conversation as we celebrate Simon Balto's award winning history of the Chicago Police Department, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power. Simon will be in conversation with distinguished University of Chicago history professor and scholar Adam Green.

    In this history of Chicago from 1919 to the rise and fall of Black Power in the 1960s and 1970s, Simon Balto narrates the evolution of racially repressive policing in black neighborhoods as well as how black citizen-activists challenged that repression. Balto demonstrates that punitive practices by and inadequate protection from the police were central to black Chicagoans’ lives long before the late-century “wars” on crime and drugs. By exploring the deeper origins of this toxic system, Balto reveals how modern mass incarceration, built upon racialized police practices, emerged as a fully formed machine of profoundly antiblack subjugation.

    This event will start with a reception at 5:30 PM. The program will begin at 6:00 PM followed by Q & A. The price is $24 per person. A cash bar will be available. Advance reservations are mandatory, and prepayment is required by October 16. 

    Note that registering for the event will provide you with the opportunity to purchase copies of Occupied Territory for $33. Books must be pre-paid and will be available for pickup at the event. If you are not attending, books will be shipped.

    The ULCC is following the Illinois and Chicago mask mandate: masks must be worn indoors unless actively eating and drinking. For more information, please contact Cheryl Ziegler at

    • 10/20/2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • 10/20/2021 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET Via Zoom. Advance Registration required via website.

    October Evening Program

    Sidney Berger

    Anyone involved in the world of the book needs to be familiar with the language of this world. Sid Berger, in this illustrated talk, will discuss what led him to create the first, and now the second expanded, edition of The Dictionary of the Book. Just what is a hell box? You've heard about Shakespeare's First Folio. But what makes it a folio? Can you distinguish an anopisthographic book from an anthropodermic one? 

    This talk will show that the vocabulary of the profession provides us with an insight into a multifaceted field inhabited by collectors, booksellers, artists, librarians, archivists, bookbinders, papermakers, book designers, historians, students and faculty, and many others.  

    Sid Berger has been teaching book-related courses for more than half a century and is currently on the faculty of the University of Illinois and Simmons University. He is an editor, printer, papermaker, publisher, and author, having published widely on book-related and literary topics, bibliography, book design, papermaking, and other subjects. His last talk for the Caxton Club was on the printing of Kim Merker and his Stonewall and Windhover Presses. And he was curator of rare book departments for decades.  

    Zoom presentation with real-time Q&A immediately following is free and open to all. Registration is required.


    The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Book Sellers, Librarians, and Others

    30% discount off list price using code RLFANDF30 (Offer expires 8/30/2022 for U.S. orders only)

    978-1-4422-6339-0 • Hardback • $145 • Discount Price $101.50

    978-1-4422-6340-6• Ebook • $137.50 • Discount Price $96.25

    Shipping and handling: U.S.: $5 first book, $1 each additional book



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