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Feb. 4, 2004

Bibliophiles Will Learn To Decipher Bookseller Code At Next Meeting

The Iowa Bibliophiles will learn how to read booksellers descriptions of their product more closely when the group meets next on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the UI Main Library.

Admission is free and open to the public.

"The language used in these catalogs to describe bibliographic details and condition can be arcane and mysterious, but we'll decode it," said Sid Huttner, a bibliophile and curator of the UI Libraries' Special Collections. He said the types of catalogs they will look at include those selling antique books, first editions by contemporary authors and various other special edition books.

Other Bibliophile members, including Arthur Bonfield, law professor and associate dean for the UI law library, and David Schoonover, UI librarian, will show interesting catalog entries they've found in catalogs or off the Web. Sample catalogs will be available to review, and Bibliophiles are encouraged to bring any entries and questions that have amused, bemused, or confused them.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.