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.

Sarah M. Pritchard, President....... Lou Pitschmann, Vice-President...... Leslie J. Winter, Secretary....... Jeffrey Jahns, Treasurer.......
CAXTONIAN.ORG: A PUBLICLY AVAILABLE ONLINE ARCHIVE OF THE FIRST 23 YEARS OF THE CAXTONIAN.
BOOK LAUNCH. DR. RONALD BAILEY, CLAUDETTE HUNT, CAXTONIAN DR. IRVIN HUNT, JACKIE VOSSLER, AND DR. DESIRÉE MCMILLION
GRANTS: 2019–20 grant recipients: Meha Rey, Yann Trividic, Sara Jensen, Kathie DeLamater, and Annabel Pinkney.
CHICAGO 101 AUTHORS: Each of the 101 titles is the focus of an essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile.
MELLON FELLOWS: Each year the club provides copies of Other People’s Books to Mellon Fellows at Rare Book School.

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



UPCOMING CAXTON PROGRAMS

Caxton Club programs run from September through June with a second Friday daytime program at Noon CT and a third Wednesday evening program at 6:30 PM CT. Please see detailed descriptions for available programs.

Virtual programs will consist of quality Zoom presentations with real-time Q&A features immediately following. All programs — virtual or in-person — require advance registration on the club’s website. This allows Zoom instructions to be sent before programs, and for planning for in-person programs where space is limited. As usual, we will record all programs and make them available for viewing in the Past Programs section of our website’s Members Only section.

Only registrants who miss a program or wish to view it again will be given the opportunity to request a link to a recording of the program.

    • 12/13/2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 12/13/2023 5:30 – 7:30 PM In-person at ULCC, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago. Hot and cold buffet selections, $35. Advance registration required by noon CT 12/11/23, absolutely no exceptions. Space is limited.


    Join friends and fellow members to celebrate a longstanding Caxton tradition. Raise a cup of “Caxtonian eggnog” or the libation of your choice in honor of the season and wish friends happy holidays and toast in a rewarding bibliophilic new year.

    There will be items from the Caxton cupboard available for sale and the keepsake for this event will be a holiday beverage recipe booklet with drink recipes contributed by attendees.

    To submit your drink recipe, email it to info@caxtonclub.org by 5:00 p.m. CT, December 8 to be included in a keepsake booklet prepared for all in attendance.

    Registration is required via website by noon CT, December 11, absolutely no exceptions.

    Live attendance, hot and cold buffet selections, cash bar, $35.

    Transportation to the Union League Club at 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

    The Union League Club is easily accessible through many public transportation methods. Additionally, the following options are available for those who wish to travel by cab or car.

    The Union League Club front desk offers a connection to cab service through Curb. The desk will call cabs for members and all guests while allowing riders to remain inside until the cab arrives. No curb side wait. Cabs will accept all payment forms, following the payment procedures you experience with a street-hailed cab.

    If you are traveling by car, the Union League Club offers valet parking for Caxton events at $35.00. You must register and prepay in advance through the Caxton Club. Valet parking options will now be included as an option with all event registrations.

    Spot Hero is an independent parking option, generally offering spots at the 318 S. Federal Street garage adjacent to the Union League Club. You may reserve and pay for a guaranteed parking spot through the Spot Hero app or website (spothero.com).

    • 12/15/2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 12/15/2023 12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website. ULCC live attendance – Zoom presentation and optional holiday buffet lunch ($65). Reservations required by 12:00 PM CT 12/13/23.
    Register

    December Midday Program



    If Cole Porter had been penning tunes during the sixteenth century he might have jumped on the Andreas Vesalius bandwagon to come up with a song titled “I’ll Draw What’s Under Your Skin.”

    Vesalius’s anatomical masterwork De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body) was a medical sensation — and a boon to publisher/printers who were not in the least bit queasy about what its intricate plates revealed nor about pirating this seminal work.

    Published at a time when physicians were still arguing about the best place to do their bloodletting, De humani was a leap forward in anatomical understanding.

    You’ll want to join us in the operating theatre as Russell Johnson, Curator for History of Medicine and the Sciences at UCLA Special Collections peels back (so to speak) the story of this remarkable publication and introduces you to the John A. Benjamin collection.

    It’s a tale of first editions, superb printing, collecting twists and turns, booksellers’ correspondence and invoices, an oil painting with a curious history, and even a later volume with a provenance that may not be providential. You’ll also learn about how collecting Vesaliana continues today, with unlikely prizes that range from comic books to postage stamps.

    Don’t wait for this session to fill or you may wind up registering in vein!

    Live attendance and Carolers Luncheon

    View Zoom program on eighth floor, Steel Room, Union League Club. Presentation begins at 12:00 PM CT. Optional lavish holiday buffet complete with carving station, desserts, strolling carolers, and a toast. A chance to dine and linger with fellow Caxtonians. Price $65 Reservations and pre-payment required by 12:00 p.m. 12/13/23.

    Zoom presentation is free and open to all.

    Zoom begins at 12:00PM CT/1:00 PM ET. Preregistration required via website.

    Please forward this notice to anyone who may find it of interest.

    Transportation to the Union League Club at 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

    The Union League Club is easily accessible through many public transportation methods. Additionally, the following options are available for those who wish to travel by cab or car.

    The Union League Club front desk offers a connection to cab service through Curb. The desk will call cabs for members and all guests while allowing riders to remain inside until the cab arrives. No curb side wait. Cabs will accept all payment forms, following the payment procedures you experience with a street-hailed cab.

    If you are traveling by car, the Union League Club offers valet parking for Caxton events at $35.00. You must register and prepay in advance through the Caxton Club. Valet parking options will now be included as an option with all event registrations.

    Spot Hero is an independent parking option, generally offering spots at the 318 S. Federal Street garage adjacent to the Union League Club. You may reserve and pay for a guaranteed parking spot through the Spot Hero app or website (spothero.com).

    • 01/24/2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • 1/24/2024 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website.
    Register

    January Evening Program



    Please join us at the Caxton Club’s January 24 evening Zoom program to celebrate Caxtonian T. Kimball Brooker’s extraordinary collection of Renaissance books and bindings. Currently up for auction at Sotheby’s in an unprecedented series of eight sales in New York, London, and Paris, the collection embodies Mr. Brooker’s passion for and scholarly knowledge of Renaissance books, their printers, binders, and provenance. Sotheby’s staff consider it one of the most significant and comprehensive rare book libraries to ever come to auction. Among its 1,300 volumes are works printed by Aldus Manutius, the Italian Renaissance scholar/printer who revolutionized printing in the early 16th century, and volumes created for Jean Grolier, “the Prince of Bibliophiles,” François I of France and the German Imperial Counsellor and merchant Marcus Fugger. Of particular note are eight gilt bindings produced in Mexico in 1594. What Mr. Brooker has assembled is not merely rare and exceptional but also considered to be unique outside Europe.

    Guiding us through the “Bibliotheca Brookeriana” will be Sotheby’s senior vice president, Selby Kiffer, who has worked with Mr. Brooker to bring his collection to auction. Mr. Kiffer joined Sotheby’s in 1984 and has been involved in the sale of some of the most celebrated private libraries Sotheby’s has offered. He has also played a key role in the discovery and rediscovery of several bibliographic treasures, among them three previously unrecorded copies of the Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence and a lost fragment of the autograph manuscript of Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 speech, “House Divided.” He is a frequent speaker to academic and bibliophilic groups and is a longstanding member of the board of directors of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

    Even if you can’t attend at the scheduled time, if you’re interested, please register. After the program, we’ll send an email to all registrants, asking if you’d like a link to the complete recording. That way you can see the program even if you couldn’t attend live, ran into technical issues, or simply wanted to watch it again.

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MIDDAY PROGRAMS

  • 12/15/2023 12:00 PM
    12/15/2023 12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website. ULCC live attendance – Zoom presentation and optional holiday buffet lunch ($65). Reservations required by 12:00 PM CT 12/13/23.

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