Friday, March 4, 2016

The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco

[The Newsletter Editor apologizes profusely for the unintended omission of this entry from the Winter 2016 issue, which was submitted in a timely fashion by the Club]

   The Fall/Winter Roxburghe Club of San Francisco’s 2015 season was launched in September with an address by the collector, and prominent psychiatrist to astronauts, Nick Kanas, M.D., “Who Invented the Solar System? from Plato to Pluto & Beyond.“ The October meeting presented Lorna Price, former Senior Editor, History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley on her book, “The Plan of St Gall in Brief,” which was written as a follow up to the legendary UC Press’s 1982 publication of the three-volume set, “The Plan of St Gall” by Walter Horn and Ernest Born. Lorna Price’s talk coincided with the celebration of The Book Club of California’s recent publication, “Architects and Artists: The Work of Ernest and Esther Born.”

   To continue this brief cartographic theme, in November Roxburghe Club member Leonard Rothman, M.D. presented an overview of his collection, “Maps of the Holy Land, 100 C.E.—1800.” Dr. Rothman’s collection is being digitally reproduced by Stanford University and will soon be available for viewing through the David Rumsey Center/Stanford University website.

   At the traditional December “Printer’s Gala” we celebrated the completion of The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco Archive, 1928--2015. This project was spearheaded by Henry Snyder, librarian of The Book Club of California, with assistance by Mark Knudsen and Norman McKnight, two local printers who took on the the tedious job of sorting through publications, keepsakes, books, membership lists, etc, going back to 1928. We could not be more grateful for this team’s dedication to this project and for their excellent work!

   In June 2016 we look forward to being part of the welcoming committee for the FABS Study Tour, 2016 in San Francisco, June 15-19.

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