Thursday, October 30, 2014

Baltimore Bibliophiles

The 2015 meeting/program schedule for The Baltimore Bibliophiles is still in transit. However, we plan to have four dinner meetings - in March, May, September and November, in addition to an afternoon al fresco event in mid-July, featuring highlights from our members' collections.  One of our scheduled speakers is Mark Dimunation, Head of the Rare Books Division of the Library of Congress.  His topic is: "Forged in Fire: Restoring Thomas Jefferson's Library."  Another speaker who will be doing a talk is Nicholas Basbanes (date to be determined).  Other topics under discussion include Jane Austen, aspects of rare book collecting, as well as a talk about the creation and the importance of FABS itself.  Please feel free to visit our web site for the latest news. And FABS members may feel free to contact me directly.

Binnie Syril Braunstein
Corresponding Secretary/Program Chair
The Baltimore Bibliophiles

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A call for biblio-tales!

Rebecca Rego Barry, who some of you may know as the editor of Fine Books & Collections, is interested in hearing from collectors who have found a rare book or manuscript in an “unlikely place,” e.g. barn, basement, attic, church sale, estate sale, thrift shop, grandfather’s closet, etc. The definition of “rare” here is quite broad: it can be a book or manuscript of value, whether artistic, historical, financial, associative, or sentimental. Is it something you flipped for a few hundred (or thousand) dollars, something you donated to a museum or archive, or something you treasure in your own collection? She is currently at work on a book about such finds, titled Rare Books Uncovered, to be published by Quarto’s Voyageur Press in late 2015. Ideally, she’d like to hear from folks before Thanksgiving. You can reach her at or through her website Thanks!