Cartography and Maps

By Tobias Feldmann on December 13, 2019 in Rare Books, Special Collections, Uncategorized

Maps help us to orient ourselves in the world or in a specific region and find the place we’re looking for, just like our WashU campus maps help many students and visitors to find their way. In general, maps are an important tool in our everyday lives and have been so for hundreds of years. […]

Alchemy Books

By Tobias Feldmann on October 29, 2019 in Rare Books, Special Collections

The rare books vault of the Department of Special Collections hosts many old books on various topics, including some disciplines that aren’t being taught at university anymore, like the mysterious art of alchemy. The Philip Mills Arnold Semeiology Collection encompasses a considerable number of books on this and other neighboring “lost” or “secret arts,” printed […]

Bookmaking Workshop: Accordion Fold

By Cassie on September 24, 2019 in Rare Books, Special Collections, What's New

Bookmaking Workshop: Accordion Fold Saturday, November 2, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Olin Library sessions offered from 10am-noon and 2-4pm   Join special collections for the next in our series of bookmaking workshops! Accordion bindings have been used for centuries in many parts of Asia and were the predominant book structure in Central […]

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding

By Cassie on May 13, 2019 in Rare Books, Special Collections, What's New

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding Saturday, June 8, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Olin Library Level One  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for the next workshop in our bookmaking series! Come view amazing and early bindings from the University Libraries’ rare book collections that highlight the coptic binding: the earliest form of […]

Book Making Workshops

By Cassie on November 15, 2018 in Rare Books, Special Collections, What's New

Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections is excited to announce two new workshops that are free and open to the public. Attendees will have a chance to view a selection of rare books from Special Collections in addition to gaining hands-on experience in simple book making techniques. Beginners are welcome and all materials […]

WashU at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

By Cassie on December 21, 2017 in Rare Books, Special Collections

On December 9th, Washington University Libraries partnered with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for a collaborative event inspired by the current exhibits Living Proof: Drawing in 19th-Century Japan and Rough Cut: Independent Japanese Animation. Members of the community participated in workshops on Japanese techniques and contemporary book binding, including the Noble, Tortoise Hair, and Hemp Leaf stitches. Materials from the Art […]