Miniature Book News #107: 2000 December Page: 3
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Number 107 8 St. Andrews Dr., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 December, 2000
exhibition someday. Wightman, who
was a binder herself, delighted in making
many of the box cases or slip cases,
some in morocco, for her rarities.
Which returns us to the Morgan's
movements. Wightman's miniature
books have yet to be formally
catalogued. This will be computerized
and will include accession number,
author, title, variant title (if any),
published place + publisher, a
description, any special notes,
provenance, formatted date, formatted
place, standard bibliographies
(referenced), genre (i.e. type of work),
record source code, and location call
As you might guess, this is going to
take some time. Bidwell has staff
places (but not people) for three
cataloguers. Any of our readers know
of any candidates?
We are certain miniature book
enthusiasts would love to see some
of Wightman's fabulous acccumulation.
Bidwell is anxious to mount exhibits.
Meanwhile, until these books are
catalogued and ready to be viewed
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Hinged silver repousse binding
with silver clasps on a Venetian
O.B.M.V. of 1609. Wightman
collection. Actual size.
or exhibited, seeing them now is a
chore. As in most research libraries,
the Morgan's "rules of engagement"
are daunting. First one needs to
pre-register, in advance, and in writing,
if the first time, to use their reading
room. Then there are three pages
of rules, one for the use of printed
books and bindings, one for Literary,
Historical, and Music Manuscripts,
and one for the use of illuminated
manuscripts. We excerpt from a few
of the 13 separate rules re: books:
O Only one book will be issued at
a time unless permission for
comparison has been granted
by the curator, and no more than
ten books may be seen in one
o Only pencil may be used in the
Reading Room. Pencils are
available at the librarian's desk.
o Books must be viewed on book
supports to prevent damage to
o Readers must not place books,
papers, or anything else on rare
materials, whether opened or
closed. A member of the Reading
Room staff will, upon request,
provide specially designed flexible
rulers for taking measurements.
0 Readers must not turn pages while
holding a pencil. The pages should
be turned from the lower corner
and should not be smoothed or
0 Please do not carry books to the
librarian's desk. A staff member
will retrieve them and issue another
upon request. During a reader's
absence, staff will remove the
book and keep it in the locked
truck behind the librarian's desk,
to be reissued when the reader
Miniature book afficionados, researchers,
and others should look forward to
learning more of Julia Wightman's
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