Rare Book & Manuscript Library to Host Its Tenth Annual Book Arts Lecture

NEW YORK, January 12, 2004 Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library will host its annual Book Arts Lecture, featuring Peter Stallybrass, on January 20, 2004. Professor Stallybrass, a noted authority on the history of the book and material culture, will present “Thrift and Recycling: Why First Editions Don’t Count” at 6:00 P.M. in room 523 of Butler Library.

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library has presented its annual Book Arts Lecture since 1995. Held during Bibliography Week in late January, when the principal national organizations devoted to book history have their annual meetings in New York, the series explores topics related to the art and history of bookmaking, including calligraphy, paper, type design, printing, illustration, and bookbinding. Past speakers have included Sue Allen on “The Art of the Nineteenth-Century Cover,” Roger Stoddard on “Looking at Marks in Books,” and David Kastan on “Shakespeare and the Book.”

This year’s speaker, Peter Stallybrass, is the Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He also directs the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the History of Material Texts. He received the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association for his book, Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory with Ann Rosalind Jones.

Following the lecture there will be a reception in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s Kempner Exhibition Gallery, where the exhibition Columbia’s Cornerstone: The Core Curriculum is on display until February 28, 2004. The event is free and open to the Columbia community and the general public. To register or for more information, please call 212-854-4768.

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library owns over 600,000 rare books in some 20 book collections and almost 26 million manuscripts in nearly 2,600 separate manuscript collections. It is particularly strong in English and American literature and history, classical authors, children's literature, education, mathematics and astronomy, economics and banking, photography, the history of printing, New York City politics, librarianship, and the performing arts. Individual collections are as eclectic as they are extensive. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s web site at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/rbml/index.html is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services. For additional information on services during renovation, please contact the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 212-854-5590.

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