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Past Programs

Past programs of the Aldus Society include a wide variety of topics as well as the popular History of Text series. The Aldus Society has sponsored, or co-sponsored, the following programs:


  • Collecting Victorian Literature (Robert Jackson)

  • The Logan Elm Press (Bob Tauber)

  • Collecting Mark Twain (Robert Slotta)

  • Book Design & Printing (Graham Moss)

  • Tales of the Book Trade (Bruce McKittrick)

  • Finding the Right Conservation Solution for Important Library Collections (Wes Boomgaarden)

  • The Art of Calligraphy: A History of Script, Part I (Ann Alaia Woods)

  • Prophetic Whims: Observations on the Future of Book Collecting (Jack Matthews)

  • Between Papyrus and Paper: Vellum Manuscript Treasures of the Pierpont Morgan Library (William Voelkle)

  • The First Books Published in Columbus (Charles Cole)

  • The Art of Dard Hunter: American Craftsman, Artist, Type Designer, Papermaker & Printer (Dard Hunter III)

  • The History of Text & Image - The Classical Age: Latin Epigraphy (Charles Babcock

  • Selecting Books for Book Reviews (Bill Eichenberger)

  • Searching for Captain Cook: My Serendipitous Journey (Ron Ravneberg)

  • The Art of Calligraphy: A History of Script, Part II (Ann Alaia Woods)

  • More Than Recipes: A Literary Look at Cookbooks (Peter Franklin)

  • The History of Text & Image - Medieval Latin Manuscripts (Frank Coulson)

  • Collecting James Thurber (Jay Hoster)

  • An American Avant Garde: Second Wave (Marvin Sackner)

  • Building a Special Collection (Owen Kubik)

  • Calligraphy Workshop (Ann Alaia Woods)

  • The History of Text & Image - Medieval Slavic Manuscripts (Predrag Matejic)

  • Gothic Art for the Industrial Age: The Middle Ages Revisited in the Art of the Pre-Raphaelites (Stephen N. Fliegal)

  • The Publishing World and the Future of Books (Susanne Jaffe)

  • Conservation of Books and Paper (Harry Campbell)

  • The Repair and Conservation of Sacred Documents (Rabbi William Goldberg)

  • Art of the Picture Book (Sylvia and Ken Marantz)

  • The History of Text & Image - The St. Gall School and Scriptorium in the Early Middle Ages (Anna Grotans)

  • Collecting Landmark Books of Western Civilization (Stuart Rose)

  • Overlooked Authors Deserving Recognition, born in Columbus, Ohio, in the Nineteenth Century (Charles Cole)

  • The History of Text & Image - Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Tradition (Drew Jones)

  • Collecting Books on Switzerland (Donald Tritt)

  • Comics 100: The History of American Comic Strips (Lucy Caswell)

  • First American Editions of Nineteenth Century British Authors (Bill Rich)

  • Aldus Membership "Show and Tell"

  • The History of Text & Image - Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts and Their History (Daniel Frank)

  • Other People's Books: Association Copies and Literary Detective Work (Paul Ruxin)

  • A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World (Nicholas Basbanes) as part of the Celebration of the Book

  • Tanakh and Testament: A Reprobate Tinkers with Holy Writ (Barry Moser) as part of the Celebration of the Book

  • Opening reception speech of Guild of Book Workers' traveling exhibit, "In Flight." (Donald Glaister)

  • The Hawkesworth Copy: A Bibliographic Investigation of James Cook, John Hawkesworth and the Strahan Quarto Editions of 1773 (Ron Ravneberg) (PDF of Hawkesworth essay)

  • History of Kenny's Bookshop (Desmond Kenny)

  • The Anti-Slavery Collection of Oberlin College Library: A Monument to “The Town the Started the Civil War.” (Ed Vermue)

  • "The Sting of the Wasp" exhibit presentation, (Richard Samuel West) co-sponsored event at the OSU Cartoon Research Library

  • Local booksellers panel

  • The Future of Books (Paul Watkins)

  • Collecting Illuminated Manuscripts (John Lawrence)

  • Art Nouveau Book Illustration in England and France (Paul Christenson)

  • The History of Text & Image - Foxe’s Book of Martyrs: The History of a Book and the History of the Book (John King)

  • The Life and Collections of J. K. Lilly (Joel Silver)

  • This Old Book (Harry Campbell)

  • The Revival of the Logan Elm Press (Bob Tauber)

  • The History of Text & Image - The Arabic Manuscript Tradition (Michael Zwettler)

  • Researching "The Book Nobody Read," Copernicus' De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium. (Owen Gingerich)

  • Circus Collectibles (Fred Pfening)

  • Benjamin Franklin (Kay Kramer)

  • Sentenced to Life: the Books of Christopher Morley (Jack Matthews)

  • The Antiquarian Book Trade (John Crichton)

  • The Literary Legacy of African-American Authors in Ohio before 1860 (Charles Cole)

  • The Good-bye Door: Researching Anna Marie Hahn (Diana Britt Franklin)

  • Early Japanese Language Books (Jim Unger)

  • The Enemies (and Friends) of Books (Panel Presentation)

  • In Search of Rockwell Kent (Robert Jackson)

  • History of Paper Marbling (Ann Woods)

  • The Puritan Library (Geoff Smith)

  • Graphic Novels (Jared Gardner)

  • Rhetoric, Elocution, and Oratory (Jerry Tarver)

  • Children's Illustrated Books (David Godine)

  • The Folger Shakespeare Library (Steven Galbraith)

  • Trade Catalogs (Ivan Gilbert, Geoff Smith)

  • Spy Time: Intelligence Holdings at Georgetown University (Nicholas B. Scheetz)

  • Collecting Early Modern Medical Books (Jack Stalling)

  • History of the Chinese Book: Libraries and Book-Collecting in Late Ming and Qing China (Christopher A. Reed)

  • Confessions of a Puzzle Solving Addict (Owen Gingerich)

  • "Light" and other editorial cartoons (Richard Samuel West)

  • The Book is Dead... It Just Doesn't Know It (Scott Brown)

  • Inside the Digital Scriptorium (H. Lewis Ulman)

  • Map Collections at the Newberry Library (Robert Karrow)

  • The Columbus Metropolitan Library: Not Your Father’s Library! (Patrick Losinski)

  • African American Children's Literature: Surveying the Hopescape (Rudine Sims Bishop)

  • Collecting Captain Cook on a Budget (David Lilburne)

  • Miniature Books (Gabrielle Fox)

  • Mark Twain Matters (Bob Slotta)

  • The Future of Books in a Digital Age (Michael Suarez)

  • Collecting on the War of 1812 (Lou Schultz)

  • Wilbur H. Siebert Collection (Liz Plummer, Jason Crabill, Jillian Carney)

  • Biblio-Detection (Ken Sanders)

  • All Things Dewey (Larry Olszewski)

  • A Message to Garcia: The Pamphlet that Created an American Myth (Don Rice)

  • Visiting Writer's Houses (Anne Trubek)

  • Somewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Discovery of e.e. cummings, Modernist Painter (Steven Katz)

  • Biblio-forensics relating to Shakespeare's First Folio (Steven Galbraith)

  • Following Jane Austen's Literary Footsteps (Carrie Bebris)

  • Modernism Came Home on Book Covers (Richard Minsky)

  • Confessions of an Unrepentant Bibliophile (Kevin Graffagnino)

  • Destroying Medieval Manuscripts for Pleasure and Profit (Fred Porcheddu)

  • The Gunslinger-Writer (John Locke)

  • Woodcuts and Jackalopes (Rachel Waymel)

  • Rare and Collectible Children's Book (Justin Schiller)

  • Freedom of the Press (Wesley Baker)

  • Copyright (Sandra Enimil)

  • The Past and Future of Book Collecting (Wes Cowan)

  • Carnegie Libraries of Ohio (Mary Ellen Armentrout)

  • From Athanasius Kircher To Ashton Kutcher: 350 Years of Strange, Unusual, Eccentric, and Just Plain Weird Books. Or, Heteromorphic Literature 101. (Stephen Gertz)

  • The Making of a Medieval Manuscript Facsimile: Bibliothèque nationale de France MS fr. 22971 (John Friedman)

  • The Bibliophilic Anatomy of a Literary Society (Mike Whelan)

  • Deconstructing and Reconstructing a Medieval Bible (Eric Johnson)

  • The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture (Jared Gardner)

  • 38 Years and Counting: a Life of Bookselling, Publishing, and Bibliomania (Bob Fleck)

  • Genevieve Jones: The Nests and Eggs of the Birds of Ohio (Joy Kiser)

  • Preserving Sermones Discipuli de Tempore Et de Sanctis (Harry Campbell)

  • Ohio Archaeology Books (Jarrod Burks)

  • Print Pop Culture (Nancy Down)

  • justAjar Design + Press (Bobby and Sara Rosenstock)

  • Tarot's Transition: Egypt to Connecticut (Tony Clark)

  • Archimedes Palimpsest Project (William Noel)

  • Digital Imaging of Rare Materials (Amy McCrory)

  • Stories from the Spencer (Beth Whittaker)

  • Kenyon Review (David Lynn)

  • Alice at 150: Artistic Visions as Visual Translation (Arnold Hirshon)

  • Seeing the Great War (Lucy Caswell)

  • Visual Interpretation of Classics (Matt Kish)

  • Freed from a Parchment Jail: a Bibliographic Story of the Birth of the Avant-Garde (Olchar Lindsann)

  • The Alchemy of Special Collections: Undergraduate Fellowships and Courses based on Unique Materials at Trinity College (Richard Ring)


Other programs included "Aldus Collects" collaborative presentations by members, hands-on workshops, field trips to book-related sites, silent auctions, and special visits to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection of The Ohio State University.

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