Along with Elizabeth Shoemaker (Rare Book Cataloger, Rose Library), I launched the “Bound with History: History of the Book Series” in Fall 2018. We had two main objectives:
a) to promote the special collections materials and artists’ books available at Rose Library to Emory affiliates and other interested individuals/groups in Atlanta and b) to explore opportunities to use these materials for teaching and research.
The first event, “Bound with History: Encounters with the Rose Library’s Artists’ Books Collections,” was held on October 11, 2018. The speakers were two book artists, Ellen Knudson of the Crooked Letter Press (Gainesville, Florida) and Andrew Huot of Big River Bindery (Norcross, Georgia). They talked about their training, inspiration, and the process of publishing books.
We hosted the second event on April 17, 2019, and, this time, we focused on the “History of the Early Book” (15th-16th-century). Two book historians, Professor Nick Wilding from Georgia State University and Jenny Bledsoe from Emory University, talked about the history of the early books in their lectures. Dr. Wilding discussed the history of early printing, and Jenny Bledsoe spoke about Rose Library’s 15th-century chronicle roll and medical manuscript leaves.
The third event was on November 7, 2019. This event focused on the History of Emblem Books. Walter Melion, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History, and Kelin Michael, a Ph.D. Art History student from Emory University, talked about the history of emblem books.