We had a busy summer filled with two “book crawls” through local rare and used book collections followed by a meal at a local restaurant. July included a picnic, held indoors due to extremely hot weather. When PulpFest came to town, many Aldus members attended the talk by Ed Hulse, about the origins of Batman and Superman.
Our September speaker will be Dr. John Friedman, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His talk is entitled “The Making of a Medieval Manuscript Facsimile: Bibliothèque Nationale de France MS fr. 22971," a project with which he was involved. Owned by the Bibliothèque Nationale, this manuscript is one of four made between 1427 and 1485 that form a larger work called Secrets of Natural History. Dr. Friedman will discuss how the collecting of facsimiles came about with the rise of chromolithography in the mid-19th century. Today there are several firms in Spain that specialize in the process. Modern facsimiles are not mere re-printings of the originals, but digital reproductions correct in all particulars even to the wooden bindings, worm holes, and gold leaf. During his presentation Friedman will describe the contents of Secrets, show a selection of its miniatures, and discuss the making of such a facsimile.
Our October speaker is Mike Whelan of Indianapolis, the current "Wiggins" or chairman of The Baker Street Irregulars. Whelan will speak on The Bibliophilic Anatomy of a Literary Society. Whelan’s talk will include 1) a short history of the Baker Street Irregulars, (2) types of collecting of Sherlockiana, and (3) small press books and journals dealing with Sherlockiana.