May 2015 Dinner Meeting

  • 05/20/2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • Union League, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


  • Speaker and speaker's guest; event administrator, A/V technician
  • Program only, does not include the dinner.

Registration is closed

Speaker: Christopher de Hamel

"On Coella Lindsay Ricketts collection from the Lilly Library'"

Christopher de Hamel is a renowned medieval manuscript expert and Donnelley Fellow Librarian of the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Dr. de Hamel holds four doctorates, two earned at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and two honorary degrees. He has written numerous books which have been translated into at least seven languages. A popular and well-known speaker, he has lectured on every continent except the Antarctic. His presentation to the Caxton Club will feature Coella Lindsay Ricketts (1859-1941), a member of the Caxton Club, professional scribe and illustrator, who established The Scriptorium on South Dearborn in Chicago. A Newberry Library exhibition in 1888 changed Ricketts’ life, firing a passion to collect medieval manuscripts in voluminous amounts. This program will examine his collections now residing at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington. Copies of Gilding the Lilly authored by Dr. de Hamel and featuring portions of the Ricketts collection will be available for sale and signing.

Also, please note that this will be the Annual Meeting of the Caxton Club. We will elect a new executive committee as well as our Class of 2018 for the Council. Please plan to attend.

Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. This program will follow our new format: spirits at 5, program at 6 with dinner to follow. The program is free, dinner is $48, drinks are $5 - $9. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or email


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710