Day 1 – Boe Rushing reports from Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar
Boe Rushing from Florida is currently enjoying the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar at Colorado Springs. Boe won the AbeBooks contest for a scholarship to attend this excellent annual event, now in its 31st year. Here is Boe’s first report…..
I just returned to my room after a long and exciting first day. Arriving at the airport in Colorado Springs my first goal was to find another seminarian to share the cab ride with. Fortunately Robin from Charleston also thought I looked like a “book person”, so we rode together to the Colorado College campus. We went to lunch with a couple of other book dealers and were scouting in a neighborhood store before we had even registered.
After everyone had settled in their rooms we all went over to a large room on campus where Robert Rulon-Miller (pictured right) had the faculty introduce themselves. He then asked each of the seminarians introduce themselves. It was amazing how many states were represented. There was also one attendee from Ontario and another from Australia.
Next up was Mark Dimunation (pictured left), the Chief of the Rare Book Division of the Library of Congress, spoke. The stories he shared were fascinating. He told of how he discovered that the library contained books that Walt Whitman and Thoreau had inscribed to each other during their one meeting. He also discussed in depth the relationship between librarians and “the trade.” Very interesting stuff. It’s almost 1a.m. Florida time so I have to get some sleep. Big day tomorrow. I can’t wait.