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Bookmaking on the Distaff Side

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Bookmaking on the Distaff Side is one of my favorite books in my women bibliophiles collection. It is a lovely book, produced in 1937 by an association of female printers called the Distaff Side. The book itself is a a compilation … Continue reading

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Estelle Doheny, Collector and Philanthropist

Carrie Estelle Betzold Doheny was born in Philadelphia in 1875. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator at the Petroleum Exchange Center until her marriage to oil tycoon Edward Laurence Doheny in 1900. Although overshadowed by her husband’s … Continue reading

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Miniature Books About Books

Miniature book collecting is an occupation that can quickly take over your life. Miniature books cover a great range of time periods, geographical regions, and subjects. To restrain my collecting impulses, I only collect non-dollhouse miniature books if they fall into … Continue reading

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Women Collectors in Their Own Words

It can be difficult to define exactly what it means to be a book collector or what kind of activity counts as collecting. Traditional definitions of book collecting have often neglected or even specifically excluded women. Therefore, I’m particularly interested in descriptions … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisitions: New Ladies in My Library

One of the difficulties of looking for women book collectors is that they are not always identified as such. One can search for variations on “women book collectors,” “lady bibliophiles,” and so on, but this approach is hardly comprehensive. Skimming … Continue reading

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Margaret Bingham Stillwell, Curator and Scholar

Margaret Bingham Stillwell, curator of the Annmary Brown Memorial Library, overcame personal tragedy and professional barriers to become the first woman professor at Brown University and a respected authority on early printed books. While Stillwell was still an undergraduate at Brown University, George … Continue reading

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Catalogues of Imaginary Libraries

“To write vast books is a laborious nonsense, much better is to offer a summary as if those books actually existed.”  — Jorge Luis Borges Catalogues of imaginary libraries are an obscure but fruitful area of collecting. The tradition of imaginary … Continue reading

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