The St. Louis Mercantile Library 
Autumn Fine Print Dealers' Showcase & Silent Auction
To benefit the Mercantile Library and its Art Collection

Thanks to all who attended on November 10, 2023!

Featured Dealers:

Kodner Gallery Stevens Fine Art
McCaughen & Burr
Fine Arts
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Martin Hartzold Photographs, Books, & Ephemera Mark O. Howald 
Fine Art & Antiques
Susan Teller Gallery
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Guest Speaker: Lilla Vekerdy
How Do Book Bindings Get to Sing?


Lilla Vekerdy earned her two master’s degrees in Literature, Linguistics and Library Sciences in Budapest, Hungary in 1984, and completed her doctoral coursework in Medieval and Renaissance History at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2005.  She has been the Head of Special Collections at the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives since 2008, where she oversees all rare materials in 16 library research centers, and also serves as the Curator of Physical Sciences Rare Books.  Her research interest and publications are in the history of science and medicine as well as in rare book studies, and often cover the overlay of these fields.

How Do Book Bindings Get to Sing? will examine Early Modern books bound in fragments of music manuscripts from the Middle Ages. These “singing bindings” are hundreds of years older than the texts they cover, and the texts inside are on mathematics, physics, astronomy but absolutely not on music.  Lilla Vekerdy will shed light on how and why these discrepancies happened to these unique volumes held in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives.



Images from the 175th Anniversary Society Dealers Showcase and Silent Auction, November 19, 2021: