Summer Camp for Book Geeks

July 24, 2012

Rare Book School takes place for 5 weeks each summer at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It brings together librarians, scholars, collectors, and “random book-mad civilians” for intensive courses in book history, bookbinding, etc – including one session dedicated to hand-marbled papers from the 18th century to the present, and another using tape measures and mini light sabers to trace pages to a “specific paper mold in a specific mill.” Students return year after year for this unique experience. Read the entire NYT article here.


Heads up, Researchers! Vatican library to reopen after 3 year break

September 14, 2010

After $11.5 million dollars, improved climate  controls,  and heightened security  measures, the Vatican announced the reopening of its Apostolic library. All 70,000 volumes were off limits to the four to five thousand scholars who visit the facility annually. Started in 1450, the collection is renowned for its rare and spectacularly illuminated manuscripts.

Shira S.

Translate »