March 2017 Luncheon Meeting

  • 03/10/2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


  • Event Administrator
  • Registrant will pay ULC directly for meal

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Sarah Lindenbaum

“On The Trail of Frances Wolfreston”

Enjoy a good detective story? How about a good English detective story? One that offers a captivating clue? Let’s set it in a library, with a rare 17th century volume lying on the table, opened to reveal this: “frances wolfreston hor bouk”. Oh, but let’s go one better. Imagine that said volume is the only first edition copy of Shakespeare’s poem, Venus and Adonis.

What? A woman marked this copy as her book during the 1600’s? Who was she? How large a library did she amass and what was in it?

For the answer, join us for a fascinating and generously illustrated presentation by ace detective and rare book cataloger at the U of Illinois, Sarah Lindenbaum. She’s been on Wolfreston’s trail - painstakingly identifying the answers to those intriguing questions and will share the results of fresh research that she has just brought back from across the pond.

Payment for reservations made by phone or e-mail (phone 312-255-3710;  email will be collected at the event, cash or check only.  Caxton Club members may register in advance and pay with Paypal at this Web address (  No on-line cancellations.


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

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710