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terrie
07-29-2011, 08:26 PM
There was an [/URL]article in Metro section of The Washington Post on Friday that I found interesting--would love to go myself--about the [URL="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-school-celebrates-the-embattled-book/2011/07/22/gIQADR61fI_story.html"]Rare Book School (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-school-celebrates-the-embattled-book/2011/07/22/gIQADR61fI_story.html) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The article calls it "summer camp for bibliophiles"...'-}}

A little taste:

"Here is a book about handwriting by Palatino, a 16th-century calligrapher for whom a font is named. And here, a folio of Shakespeare’s plays that sold for one English pound in 1632. And here, an exquisitely illustrated, calfskin-bound Horace collection that bankrupted its publisher in 1733."

"Every corridor on the basement campus hums with adoration of the printed book, one of the more successful contrivances of the civilized world: compact and portable, with pages perfectly suited to opposable thumbs and a spine that fits neatly between the knees."

"The school offers 25 weeklong courses every summer, five a week from June through July. Last week’s crop of students included a bookshop owner from Washington state, an English graduate student from New Zealand, a historian for the Mormon Church, a school librarian from Long Beach, Calif., and collegiate librarians from Oxford and Yale."

There is also a print-option version (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-school-celebrates-the-embattled-book/2011/07/22/gIQADR61fI_print.html) if you have a problem accessing the standard Post website version...

Terrie