Rare Books

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding

By Cassie on May 13, 2019

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 co...

Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Wins Citation for Exhibit

By Julie Hale on April 30, 2019

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at the Washington University Libraries has  earned a notable citation as part of the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhi...

A Celebration of Book Arts

By Alison Carrick on April 5, 2019

An opening reception for three book arts exhibitions was held on February 28.   Buzz Spector: Works On and Of Paper on view in the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of Olin Library, celebrates Sam Fox School Professor of Art Buzz Spector who creates pieces that explore and challenge the book as a fo...

Updated: Japanese Book Binding Workshop

By Alison Carrick on March 7, 2019

Japanese Book Binding Workshop at John M. Olin Library Saturday, April 6, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Level One  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AND 2:00-4:00 p.m. Due to popular demand, we have added a second workshop during the morning of April 6! Sign up for the morning...

New Book Arts Exhibits Now on Display in Olin Library

By Julie Hale on February 15, 2019

Three new exhibitions at Olin Library celebrate Washington University’s book arts community. Featuring works by Washington University faculty and students, as well as pieces from the University Libraries’ rare book collections, the exhibits highlight the many techniques, interpretations, and poss...

Fore-Edge Paintings

By Rose Miyatsu on December 14, 2018

We’ve all heard that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but what about its pages? Today we will explore a very special, but often hidden, feature of some of our more elaborately decorated books: fore-edge paintings. What are Fore-Edge Paintings? Fore-edge paintings are scenes, portraits, or des...

Crafting Tunnel Books

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2018

This past Saturday, a small group of book enthusiasts gathered at the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections in Olin Library to learn how to craft tunnel books as part of a series of book making workshops generously funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. We began the afternoon b...

First Bookmaking Workshop Was A Hit!

By Rose Miyatsu on December 6, 2018

The Community Learns New Bookmaking Skills This past Saturday, eighteen enthusiastic participants from Washington University and the surrounding community gathered in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections to try their hand at some basic bookmaking. The workshop was part of a new ser...

New Exhibit: “The Monster in the Library: Frankenstein Lives”

By Alison Carrick on December 4, 2018

“The Monster in the Library: Frankenstein Lives!” is a student curated exhibition now on display at Olin Library in Special Collections.   Students enrolled in the Fall 2018 class “Frankenstein: Origins and Afterlives” explored materials from the library collections and beyond as a way to in...