Sidney Berger on Shooting Sticks and Caviar, Hell Boxes and Devil's Tails, and Mastering the Vocabulary of the Book

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


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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

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