• 05/19/2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM (CDT)
    • 5/19/2021 | 3:00 PM CT/4:00 PM ET Virtual Event Advance registration required via website.

    To register click here.

    This roundtable will discuss how early modern typography—broadly construed as the design and disposition of type on the page and within the bounds of the book—was anything but a neutral container for the publication of early modern writing. Indeed, the very idea of black ink on white paper was frequently used to produce and mediate discourses of race and gender in plays, poems, and other literary and non-literary texts printed in the period. Panelists will discuss from various angles the metaphorics and literal uses of type, ink, paper, and the mechanics of printing to demonstrate how textual design functioned as a site for negotiating and securing a discourse of whiteness that—in effect and in reality—marginalized non-conforming bodies and identities. We will also discuss whether early modern typography might challenge this discourse.

    Registration at https://www.memberplanet.com/events/bsa/race-gender-typography-roundtable

    • 05/19/2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • 5/19/2021 6:30 PM CST/ 7:30 EST via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.

    May Evening Program


     Anthony Grafton


     Inky Fingers

    Note that registering for the event will provide you with the opportunity to purchase copies of Inky Fingers for $28.50 including tax, shipping, and a custom designed bookplate signed by the author. 

    Join us as renowned historian Anthony Grafton illuminates the physical and mental labors that fostered the golden age of the book in early modern Europe.  Professor Grafton will explore how the exertions of scholars shaped influential books, treatises, and forgeries. He will trace the transformation of humanistic approaches to texts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and examine the sustaining and constraining effects of theological polemics on sixteenth century scholars. His recent book, Inky Fingers, has been widely reviewed as both a scholarly and readable tribute to the work of early modern European bookmakers.

    Professor Grafton's special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the nineteenth century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance.  He joined the Princeton History Department in 1975 after earning his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) in history from the University of Chicago and spending a year at University College London.

    This evening will also be the Annual meeting of the Caxton Club and will include the election of Officers as well as Council Class of 2024. All Caxton members are encouraged to attend.  

    • 05/26/2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • 5/26/2021 6:30 PM CST/7:30 PM ET via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.

    May Evening Program


     Teri J. Edelstein


    The 1925 International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris articulated a “moderne” style known today as Art Deco. Elements of this style were seen earlier in the city but the Exposition played a major role in bringing a new zest for design innovation to Chicago. Local brands, ranging from Marshall Field’s to a ladies’ compact manufacturer in Elgin, expressed these contemporary trends. This program will examine how the attitudes and products from the 1925 Exposition came to the Windy City and the ways in which Chicagoans used them to participate in a world-wide design movement.

    Dr. Teri J. Edelstein, curator and museum consultant, is principal of Teri J. Edelstein Associates, Museum Strategies. She served as Deputy Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and previously as director of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She has taught at several universities. Her numerous publications include many articles and exhibition catalogues as well as the books Perspectives on Berthe Morisot and Art for All: British Posters for Transport. She contributed a major essay to Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. Most recently, she curated Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground for The Art Institute of Chicago.

    • 06/03/2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • 6/3/2021 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET Via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.

    June Evening Program

    The Caxton Club and St. Louis Mercantile Library present this program.


     John Neal Hoover


    Join us for a presentation by the Mercantile Library's Executive Director, John Hoover, as he discusses his favorite items from the exhibition catalogue, A Nation, A City, & Its First Library.

    A Nation, A City, and Its First Library: Americana as a Way of Life at the St. Louis Mercantile Library for 175 Years marks an important anniversary for the oldest library founded west of the Mississippi River in 1846, and for the oldest cultural institution of any kind in the historic city of St. Louis. This catalogue and its accompanying exhibition look at the events, the men and women, and the collections of the Mercantile in a cohesive way; often national events, Library leaders and patrons, and the collections preserved here are closely linked. Today, the Library thrives on the urban campus of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, building new, diverse collections in the historic times in which Americans live, just as the Mercantile did when it was founded. This is the story of how Americana became forged at the core and in the heart of a great institution.

    John Neal Hoover, the Executive Director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, has worked at the Mercantile since 1983. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia, and Southern Illinois University, and his alma mater is Northwestern University.

    Buy the catalogue

    • Full-color, hard bound with dust jacket

    • Dimensions: 9- 1/2 " x 12 "

    • 257 pages

    • $45 including tax and shipping

    • 06/11/2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • 6/11/2021 | 12:30 PM CT/1:30 PM ET via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.
    • 490

    June Daytime Program


     Eric Johnson

     Book of Hours

    Well, since May’s speaker is from the University of Michigan, you’d expect that The Ohio State University would want equal time. However, you may not have expected to learn that OSU’s library holds one of the largest collections of manuscript fragments in North America, as well as a substantial collection of codices and diplomatics. The library plays a vital role in international work of manuscript reconstruction.

    What can fragments tell us? Well, just as pieces of pottery and other detritus unearthed in archeological digs can be revealing, so too can manuscript fragments. They provide surprising evidence of odd and unique formats, expose direct reader interaction, introduce us to vernacular texts, demonstrate scribal and codicological (did you wake up this morning expecting to encounter that word?) features, and more. In short, fragments give rise to great stories.

    Come and hear them. Our guide on this fascinating — and accessible — historical journey will be Eric Johnson, who serves as Curator of the Thompson Special Collections at The Ohio State University Libraries. A sought after speaker, Dr. Johnson received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York. Reserve your place today!

Past events

05/14/2021 Sara Quashnie on Americana Is A Creed - Notable Twentieth Century Collectors, Dealers, And Curators
04/30/2021 Language of Flowers Virtual symposium presented by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Caxton Club
04/21/2021 Jacqueline Goldsby on “Do Not be Afraid of No:” Gwendolyn Brooks’ Years at Harpers
04/16/2021 The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine presents Nicholas Fry on "Walking the Tightrope—John Garrett and the B&O In the Spring and Summer of 1861"
04/07/2021 The Union League Club of Chicago presents the Outstanding Book on the History of Chicago 2021 Award Virtual Award Ceremony
03/24/2021 Kinohi Nishikawa on "Toward a Black Book Aesthetic"
03/17/2021 Silvia Beltrametti - An Irish Program on an Irish Night – Pirated Caricatures in Nineteenth Century Dublin
03/12/2021 Carl Smith on Chicago’s Great Fire
03/02/2021 The Newberry presents An Unscripted Look at a Script Type: Matthew Carter and Jill Gage on the Design of Snell Roundhand
02/25/2021 Brian McCammack and Courtney Joseph on Landscapes of Hope
02/17/2021 Shauna Collier, Head Librarian of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Library
02/12/2021 Craig Fehrman on Author In Chief
02/09/2021 Marcia Walker-McWilliams, on "The Black Metropolis Research Consortium: Fifteen Years of Documenting and Sharing Black Chicago's History”
02/03/2021 Michelangelo Sabatino and Susan S. Benjamin on Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929–75
01/19/2021 Rebecca Romney and Heather O’Donnell on “Building The Future of Rare Books: Two Booksellers’ Experiences in Outreach”
01/08/2021 Miles Harvey — Interviewed on The King of Confidence
12/16/2020 Making Our Mark: Celebrating 125 Years
12/11/2020 Ann Durkin Keating on Juliette Kinzie
11/19/2020 Neil Harris on “Chicago Apartments: A Century and Beyond of Lakefront Luxury”
11/18/2020 Panel Discussion: “Artists’ Books, The Institutional Perspective”
11/13/2020 Dwight Cleveland on Movie Posters
11/10/2020 Neil Harris on “Chicago Apartments: A Century and Beyond of Lakefront Luxury”
10/21/2020 Simon Loxley on “In Search of Emery Walker”
10/09/2020 Bonnie Mak Opens a Cabinet of Curiosities
09/16/2020 Nick Basbanes on “Henry and Fanny Longfellow: Palm Branches and Passion Flowers”
09/11/2020 Jennifer Hain Teper on “Conservation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
08/10/2020 Lazy Days of Summer Sale
06/12/2020 Mary Wisniewski on Nelson Algren
06/04/2020 ABAA Virtual Book Fair
06/01/2020 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize Applications due June 1
05/20/2020 Annual Meeting/State of the Club
03/18/2020 CANCELLED - Jennifer Gunter King and Nick Twemlow on Emory’s Raymond Danowski Poetry Library
03/13/2020 CANCELLED - Marcy Dinius on Radical Types In American Antislavery Print
02/19/2020 Lia Markey on “The Nova Reperta and Renaissance Representations of Invention and Globalization”
02/14/2020 On The Move | Open House | SAIC Letter Press Studio
02/14/2020 Cara Bertram on The American Library Association Goes To War
02/14/2020 On The Move | Round Table Discussion | Letterpress Printing in Chicago: Its Current State, History, and Legacy
02/13/2020 Art Happens: Amazing Women
01/15/2020 Audrey Niffenegger on Make No Small Plans – The Quest for an Artist Book House
01/10/2020 James Hagy on Fair Tricks: Magicians at the Columbian Exposition
01/08/2020 Miles Harvey — Interviewed on The King of Confidence
12/18/2019 Revels: Our Annual Holiday Event of Magic, Fellowship, Music, and Book Auction
12/13/2019 Nina Barrett on Leopold & Loeb
12/11/2019 Books that Built Chicago
12/08/2019 Chicago by the Book: Ethical Humanist Society Panel Discussion
12/03/2019 Firelines: Midwestern Praire Restoration | Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman
11/15/2019 Frederic Goudy & H.G. Wells: The Time Traveler's Typeface | A Conversation with Artist Rex Parker
11/08/2019 Libby Hill on The Chicago River
10/21/2019 Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image
10/16/2019 Lilla Vekerdy and Morgan Aronson their ABECEDARIUM from Rare Smithsonian Volumes
10/11/2019 Daniel Immerwahr on How To Hide An Empire
10/07/2019 Cocktails & Conversations with Nina Barrett on "The Leopold and Loeb Files"
10/02/2019 Let's Do It: Twenty-three Years of Book and Paper
09/18/2019 Dr. Tim Benson on Political Cartoons from a British Perspective
09/17/2019 Political Cartoons: Then and Now with Panelists Tim Benson, Anthony Mourek, and Scott Stantis
09/13/2019 Peggy Glowacki on Mary Hastings Bradley
09/11/2019 Corr-Proust: A New Digital Edition of Marcel Proust's Correspondence
06/25/2019 Course | The Chicago School of Urban Sociology Past and Present | Clinton E. Stockwell M.A; M.L.A.; Ph.D.
06/19/2019 Dinner Program | Bruce Kennett on “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design”
06/15/2019 Chicago Book and Paper Fair
06/15/2019 Volunteer Opportunity | Channel Your Inner Bookseller, Meet Fellow Bibliophiles | Chicago Book and Paper Fair
06/08/2019 Chicago by the Book: Writing that Defines a City with contributors Nina Barrett, Neil Harris and Tim Lacy | Printers Row Lit Fest
06/07/2019 Luncheon Program | The Opening Kickoff | Dave Revsine
06/06/2019 Caxton on the Move | Tour and Dinner | Everyone's Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground
05/21/2019 "The Chicago Tradition" -- ULCC History and "Chicago by the Book" | Kim Coventry, Carl Smith, and Will Hansen
05/21/2019 The Caxton Club is Invited by U of C Library Society and Court Theatre | The Adaptations of Augie March and The Adventures of Augie March
05/15/2019 Dinner Program and Annual Business Meeting | Lynne M. Thomas on “Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman”
05/10/2019 Luncheon Program | Preserving The Legacy or Digitizing Dime Novels | Matthew Short
05/04/2019 Panel Discussion | Four Views on Chicago by the Book | David Buisseret, Teri Edelstein, Bob Karrow, and Susan F. Rossen
05/04/2019 Volunteer Opportunity | Channel Your Inner Bookseller, Meet Fellow Bibliophiles | Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair
05/01/2019 First Printing of Chicago by the Book Available at May Meetings
04/25/2019 Caxton on the Move | Panel Discussion | Chicago by the Book: The Federal Writers Project’s Illinois Unit
04/24/2019 "Rosenwald" a film by Aviva Kempner | Presented by ULCC Archives Subcommittee
04/17/2019 Dinner Program | Eric White on “The Gutenberg Bible”
04/11/2019 Architecture Lecture Series | Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image
04/10/2019 Cocktails & Conversations with Alex Kotlowitz & Ben Austen
04/02/2019 Course | The Chicago Tradition of Literary Naturalism | Clinton E. Stockwell M.A; M.L.A.; Ph.D.
03/20/2019 Dinner Program | Anton Roman, The Pioneering Bookseller and Publisher of the American West | John Crichton
03/08/2019 Luncheon Program | Lost Restaurants of Chicago | Greg Borzo
03/07/2019 Luncheon | Celebrating Women of Illinois: Past, Present and Future | Rebecca Sive
02/10/2019 Panel Discussion | Celia Hilliard, Dan Meyer & Timothy Mennel - Chicago by the Book
02/08/2019 Luncheon Program | February 8
02/07/2019 Panel Discussion | Susan Rossen, Nina Barrett, Dominic Pacyga, and Garry Wills on Chicago by the Book | Bookends & Beginnings
02/07/2019 On The Move | Curated Tour and Private Dinner | Chicago by the Book: Pivotal Works That Changed Chicago
01/30/2019 RESCHEDULED: On the Move | American Writers Museum
01/16/2019 January 2019 Dinner Program
01/14/2019 Exhibition Ending March 22 | Chicago by the Book: Pivotal Works that Changed Chicago
01/11/2019 January 2019 Luncheon Program
12/12/2018 December Dinner: Revels 2018
12/07/2018 December 2018 Luncheon Program
11/28/2018 November 2018 Dinner Program - One Week Later
11/09/2018 Stranger Than Fiction presents Kim Coventry & Susan F. Rossen on AuthorsVoice.net
11/09/2018 November 2018 Luncheon Program
11/06/2018 Eye of the Beholder: Visitor Experience at 19th-Century World Fairs A Lecture by Ruth Slatter
10/12/2018 October 2018 Luncheon Program
10/11/2018 Clare Asquith: Shakespeare and the Resistance
09/25/2018 On the Move: September 25, 2018
09/21/2018 Sept 2018 Luncheon Program
09/13/2018 Bruce Rogers, Modern Design, and Chicago’s Caxton Club
09/12/2018 Sept 2018 Dinner Program
06/20/2018 June 2018 Dinner Meeting
06/08/2018 June 2018 Luncheon Meeting
05/16/2018 May 2018 Dinner Meeting
05/11/2018 May 2018 Luncheon Meeting
04/18/2018 April 2018 Dinner Meeting
03/21/2018 March 2018 Dinner Meeting
03/09/2018 March 2018 Luncheon Meeting
02/21/2018 February 2018 Dinner Meeting
02/09/2018 February 2018 Luncheon Meeting
01/17/2018 January 2018 Dinner Meeting
01/12/2018 January 2018 Luncheon Meeting
01/04/2018 Caxton Club - Chicago Map Society Joint Event
12/13/2017 December 2017 Revels - Dinner
12/08/2017 December 2017 Luncheon Meeting
11/15/2017 November 2017 Dinner Meeting
11/10/2017 November 2017 Luncheon Meeting
10/18/2017 October 2017 Dinner Meeting
10/13/2017 October 2017 Luncheon Meeting
10/06/2017 Caxton On the Move October 2017
09/20/2017 September 2017 Dinner Meeting
09/08/2017 September 2017 Luncheon Meeting
06/21/2017 June 2017 Dinner Meeting
06/13/2017 Caxton Club On the Move June 2017
06/09/2017 June 2017 Luncheon Meeting
05/17/2017 May 2017 Dinner Meeting
05/12/2017 May 2017 Luncheon Meeting
04/19/2017 April 2017 Dinner Meeting
03/15/2017 March 2017 Dinner Meeting
03/10/2017 March 2017 Luncheon Meeting
02/15/2017 February 2017 Dinner Meeting
02/10/2017 February 2017 Luncheon Meeting
01/18/2017 January 2017 Dinner Meeting
01/13/2017 January 2017 Luncheon Meeting
12/14/2016 December 2016 Dinner Meeting
12/09/2016 December 2016 Luncheon Meeting
11/16/2016 November 2016 Dinner Meeting
11/11/2016 November 2016 Luncheon Meeting
10/19/2016 October 2016 Dinner Meeting
10/14/2016 October 2016 Luncheon Meeting
09/21/2016 September 2016 Dinner Meeting
09/09/2016 September 2016 Luncheon Meeting
06/15/2016 June 2016 Dinner Meeting
06/10/2016 June 2016 Luncheon Meeting
05/18/2016 May 2016 Dinner Meeting
05/13/2016 May 2016 Luncheon Meeting
04/20/2016 April 2016 Dinner Meeting
03/11/2016 March 2016 Luncheon Meeting
03/09/2016 The Great Caxton Bookbinding Auction
02/17/2016 February 2016 Dinner Meeting
02/12/2016 February 2016 Luncheon Meeting
01/20/2016 January 2016 Dinner Meeting
01/08/2016 January 2016 Luncheon Meeting
12/16/2015 December 2015 Dinner Meeting
12/11/2015 December 2015 Luncheon Meeting
11/18/2015 November 2015 Dinner Meeting
11/13/2015 November 2015 Luncheon Meeting
10/21/2015 October 2015 Dinner Meeting
10/09/2015 October 2015 Luncheon Meeting
09/16/2015 September 2015 Dinner Meeting
09/11/2015 September 2015 Luncheon Meeting
06/17/2015 June 2015 Dinner Meeting
06/12/2015 June 2015 Luncheon Meeting
05/20/2015 May 2015 Dinner Meeting
05/08/2015 May 2015 Luncheon Meeting
04/15/2015 April 2015 Dinner Meeting
03/18/2015 March 2015 Dinner Meeting
03/13/2015 March 2015 Luncheon Meeting
02/18/2015 February 2015 Dinner Meeting
02/13/2015 February 2015 Luncheon Meeting
01/21/2015 Janurary 2015 Dinner Meeting
01/09/2015 Janurary 2015 Luncheon Meeting
12/17/2014 December 2014 Dinner Meeting
12/12/2014 December 2014 Luncheon Meeting
11/19/2014 November 2014 Dinner Meeting
11/14/2014 November 2014 Luncheon Meeting
10/15/2014 October 2014 Dinner Meeting
10/10/2014 October 2014 Luncheon Meeting
09/17/2014 September 2014 Dinner Meeting
09/12/2014 September 2014 Luncheon Meeting
06/18/2014 June 2014 Dinner Meeting
06/16/2014 Special Event for Caxtonians in June
06/13/2014 June 2014 Luncheon Meeting
05/21/2014 May 2014 Dinner Meeting
05/09/2014 May 2014 Luncheon Meeting
04/16/2014 April 2014 Dinner Meeting
03/19/2014 March 2014 Dinner Meeting
03/14/2014 March 2014 Luncheon Meeting
02/19/2014 February 2014 Dinner Meeting
02/14/2014 February 2014 Luncheon Meeting
01/22/2014 January 2014 Dinner Meeting
01/10/2014 January 2014 Luncheon Meeting
12/18/2013 December 2013 Dinner Meeting
12/13/2013 December 2013 Luncheon Meeting
11/20/2013 November 2013 Dinner Meeting
11/11/2013 November 2013 Special Event
11/08/2013 November 2013 Luncheon Meeting
10/16/2013 October 2013 Dinner Meeting
10/11/2013 October 2013 Luncheon Meeting
09/18/2013 September 2013 Dinner Meeting
09/13/2013 September 2013 Luncheon Meeting
06/19/2013 June 2013 Dinner Meeting
06/14/2013 June 2013 Luncheon Meeting
05/15/2013 May 2013 Dinner Meeting
05/10/2013 May 2013 Luncheon Meeting
04/17/2013 April 2013 Dinner Meeting
04/06/2013 2013 Caxton/Newberry Symposium
03/20/2013 March 2013 Dinner Meeting
03/15/2013 An Extra Dinner for March 2013
03/08/2013 March 2013 Luncheon Meeting
02/20/2013 February 2013 Dinner Meeting
02/08/2013 February 2013 Luncheon Meeting
01/16/2013 Janurary 2013 Dinner Meeting
01/11/2013 January 2013 Luncheon Meeting
12/12/2012 December 2012 Dinner Meeting
12/07/2012 December 2012 Luncheon Meeting
11/14/2012 November 2012 Dinner Meeting
11/09/2012 November 2012 Luncheon Meeting
10/17/2012 October 2012 Dinner Meeting
10/12/2012 October 2012 Luncheon Meeting
09/19/2012 September 2012 Dinner Meeting
09/14/2012 September 2012 Luncheon Meeting
06/20/2012 June 2012 Dinner Meeting
06/08/2012 June 2012 Luncheon Meeting
05/16/2012 May 2012 Dinner Meeting
05/11/2012 May 2012 Luncheon Meeting
04/18/2012 April 2012 Dinner Meeting
04/13/2012 April 2012 Luncheon Meeting
03/21/2012 March 2012 Dinner Meeting
03/09/2012 March 2012 Luncheon Meeting
02/15/2012 February 2012 Dinner Meeting
02/10/2012 February 2012 Luncheon Meeting
01/18/2012 January 2012 Dinner Meeting
01/13/2012 January 2012 Luncheon Meeting
12/14/2011 December 2011 Dinner Meeting
12/09/2011 December 2011 Luncheon Meeting
11/11/2011 November 2011 Luncheon Meeting
11/09/2011 November 2011 Dinner Meeting
10/19/2011 October 2011 Dinner Meeting
10/14/2011 October 2011 Luncheon Meeting
09/21/2011 September 2011 Dinner Meeting
09/09/2011 September 2011 Luncheon Meeting
06/15/2011 June 2011 Dinner Meeting
06/10/2011 June 2011 Luncheon Meeting
05/18/2011 May 2011 Dinner Meeting
05/13/2011 May 2011 Luncheon Meeting
04/08/2011 April 2011 Luncheon Meeting
03/18/2011 March 2011 Symposium Dinner
03/11/2011 March 2011 Luncheon Meeting
02/16/2011 February 2011 Dinner Meeting
02/11/2011 February 2011 Luncheon Meeting
01/19/2011 January 2011 Dinner Meeting
01/14/2011 January 2011 Luncheon Meeting
12/15/2010 December 2010 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
12/10/2010 December 2010 Luncheon Meeting
11/16/2010 November 2010 Dinner Meeting
11/12/2010 November 2010 Luncheon Meeting
10/20/2010 October 2010 Dinner Meeting
10/07/2010 October 2010 Luncheon Meeting
09/15/2010 September 2010 Dinner Meeting
09/10/2010 September 2010 Luncheon Meeting
06/17/2010 June Dinner
06/11/2010 June Lunch
01/20/2010 January Dinner Meeting
12/16/2009 December 2009 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
04/04/2009 2009 Caxton/Newberry Symposium on the Book
12/10/2008 December 2008 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
12/05/2008 December 2008 Luncheon Meeting

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