News from RBML’s Archivists | March 2020

Columbia University Libraries (CUL) are closed until further notice to aid in the containment of COVID-19, RBML’s archivists  won’t be physically processing materials. We do, however, have these updates about our collections. Please be safe and take advantage of this time to engage with materials you may have collected on previous visits to the RBML. […]

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RBML’s Spring 2020 Exhibition! “The Year of Water: Selections from Columbia’s Book Arts Collection”

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is exhibiting artists books relating to Columbia University’s Year of Water, Items range from New York City Rainfall 1987 by Sandy Gellis, a portfolio of prints which document a year’s rainfall, to this year’s My Mighty Journey, which traces 12,000 years of a waterfall’s existence, with illustrations created with natural materials […]

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Event | Shannon Mattern on the meaning of book storage furniture in our reading lives

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 6pm Room 523 in Butler Library On Thursday, February 22, the RBML and Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literature and Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature, hosts Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Professor Mattern will present on the long history of the bookshelf, “Cabinet Logics: An Intellectual History […]

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Event | Roger Chartier on textual mobility

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 6pm, Room 523 in Butler Library On Wednesday, February 7, the RBML and Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literature and Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature, hosts Roger Chartier, Professor in the Collège de France and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Chartier will use Molière’s play, […]

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Floral-strewn mathematics

Printers’ flowers, pieces of type bearing designs (generally floral and arabesque) rather than letterforms, are a convenient and traditional way for a printer to pretty-up a text, as the ornaments combine easily within the page of type for printing. The samples above and below, both from Agostino dal Pozzo’s Gnomonices biformis, Venice 1679 (Plimpton 513 1679 […]

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