May 2015 Luncheon Meeting

  • 05/08/2015
  • 11:30 AM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago


Registration is closed

Speaker: James M Cornelius

“Only Known Copies and their stories”

If your taste in documents runs to the rare, the May presentation is sure to delight. It features Lincoln and Illinois materials that positively drip with scarcity. Most are part of the exclusive Only Known Copy Club.

Dr. James M. Cornelius, curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, will offer an engaging illustrated talk that draws from the deepest well of Lincolniana. Marking the sesquicentennial year of Lincoln’s triumph and tragedy, he will reveal unique pieces of printed matter from the collections at Springfield as well as at the University of Illinois in Urbana.

The treasures will range in age from circa 1840 to 2014. Lincoln will be the focus, but other bits of Illinois history and Americana fit snugly into this generously illustrated presentation. Some of these surprises are exquisitely illustrated and/or bound; others may be plain to look at but offer fascinating back stories. The talk will also reveal some startling 3-dimensional pieces.

A few items won’t be members of that Only Known Copy Club, but are included for the sake of a rousing story or because they offer a cautionary tale for both dedicated collector and weekend attic-snooper.

On May 8, the Caxton Club will be the Land of Lincoln

Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (Room to be announced) opens at 11:30 am; program (Room to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Please reserve and cancel reservations by the preceding Wednesday for the Friday lunch. Reserved nonattendees will be billed.


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

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710