Friday, September 23, 2011

A Tribute to Jim Rimmer

Next month, the Alcuin Society hosts a number of key events, including two awards ceremonies, one in Toronto and one in Vancouver. In addition, we will be hosting our biannual Wayzgoose printing fair at the VPL Library Square on October 22. Leading up to this event, we are also having a film screening of Richard Kegler's film Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century on Friday evening at SFU Harbour Centre. Richard Kegler will be present to introduce the film.

Here are the event details, and a PDF flyer.

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 7:00 pm
Labatt Hall, Room 1700
Harbour Centre
Simon Fraser University Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Refreshments following the presentation.

Free Admission – limited seating
Please RSVP by calling
778.782.6704 or emailing

For further information contact:
Eric Swanick
Head, Special Collections
WAC Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
Tel: 778.782.4626

Edward Gibbon and the Age of Quarto

We just received word of a show at Queens University in Ontario on now until December entitled Edward Gibbon and the Age of Quarto.

From wikipedia: Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737[notes 1]  – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open denigration of organized religion. source

Quarto (abbreviated 4to or ) is a book or pamphlet produced from full 'blanksheets', each of which is printed with eight pages of text, four to a side, then folded two times to produce four leaves (that is, eight book pages). Each printed page now presents as one-fourth size of the full blanksheet.

The earliest known European printed book is a quarto, the Sibyllenbuch, believed to have been printed by Gutenberg in 1452–53, before the Gutenberg Bible, surviving only as a fragment. Quarto is also used as a general description of size of books that are about 12 inches tall, and as such does not necessarily indicate the actual printing format of the books, which may even be unknown as is the case for many modern books. source

W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library
Douglas Library, Level 6/floor 2
also exhibiting one case at Stauffer Library, ground floor
University Avenue at Union Street
Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario

September 21 - December 2, 2011
9am-9pm Monday - Thursday
9am-5pm Friday
1-5pm Saturday - Sunday
(closed October 8 & 10)
Tel: 613-533-2584

Thanks Chester!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Alcuin Book Sale Fundraiser

The Alcuin Society is pleased to present a special online book sale of fine hardcover editions from The Folio Society. The Folio Society has been publishing beautiful editions of classic titles since 1947. Also included in this sale are 7 leather-bound books from the Franklin Library, from the late 1970s.

Almost all books in this sale are priced at a very reasonable $20 each, with a few titles marked down to $10, and a few more marked up to $30 for books in like new condition or $40 for double volume titles. All titles have been donated from a private collection and most books will have a small inscription of the owner's name & date of purchase inside the front cover, beyond which they are in very good overall condition. Books noted "as new" are unread and without inscription. Thanks Nick for the generous donation!

The proceeds from this sale will go to support The Alcuin Fund and the Alcuin Society's continuing efforts in the promotion of the Canadian book arts scene.

Please take a look at the list of titles offered for sale in this shared Google document:

All book titles are available immediately, with the remaining titles for sale at our upcoming Wayzgoose event at Vancouver's Library Square on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Email us to request a title, and thereafter the titles will be marked on the list as SOLD.

Local pickup of the books can be arranged, they can be reserved for pickup at our Wayzgoose event, or if necessary, each book can be mailed for a small fee of $5, slightly more for the heavier books and sets.

Happy book hunting!