Attention Book Lovers!
The 2008 Book Collecting Conference will be held on March 27th through the 28th. The conference theme for this year highlights the A. Dean and Jean M. Larsen Yellowstone Collection. Click here for more information.
Each year the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at BYU opens its door to book collectors of all stripes and interests (neophytes to aficionados), rare book dealers and the general public; and gives them an opportunity to inspect some of the library's rarest vault materials. Attendees are exposed to works on Mormonism, as well as print culture from around the world dating over three millennia.
The annual conference includes a pre-conference workshop in book binding, and a day of seminars where small intimate groups (no more than fifteen guests in each seminar) learn from curators, and are allowed to inspect, even handle, rare books and manuscripts.
Attendees will be given ample time for visiting, will enjoy a fine lunch with a guest speaker, and receive a unique fine press (hand press) keepsake. This is the only annual event in Utah where curators, book dealers and book collectors mingle, talk and learn from one another.
This year's seminar topics include: collecting (1) 20th century Mormon books, (2) facsimiles of medieval manuscripts, (3) Mormon broadsides, posters and handbills, (4) 18th century maps and travel literature, (5) 19th and 20th century science fiction, and (6) books and print culture related to sacred music.
Anyone with an interest in book collecting (or collecting in general), printing history, Mormon and Western history, European history, book arts and book conservation, will enjoy this conference. Attendees will enjoy this once a year chance to meet other collectors and experts from around the west and discuss their love of books.