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March 31, 2006

Pascoe To Discuss Collectors At April Bibliophiles

The Iowa bibliophiles will hear from Judith Pascoe, associate professor of English at the University of Iowa, who will discuss her collection of collectors when the group meets on Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Main Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

Pascoe is author of the book "The Hummingbird Cabinet: A Rare and Curious History of Romantic Collectors," described as "a romantic history of romantic collectors." It explores a time in the late 18th and early 19th centuries when the activity of collecting became democratized and popularized, allowing all kinds of people to become caught up in the collecting obsessions of the period: birds, books, Napoleonic relics, botanical specimens, Egyptiana and fossils.

The book is published by Cornell University Press.

The Iowa Bibliophiles' primary objective is to provide a forum to share and gather experience and information about books and book collecting. The group is for anyone with a serious interest in books, their creation, preservation and collecting.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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