The Philobiblon Club is Philadelphia's club for book collectors (whether personal or institutional), booksellers, and anyone interested in books.

Meetings are held, normally on the evening of the second Tuesday of each month, from October through May, with the exception of January. Once each season--usually in February--the Club's Edwin Wolf Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Edwin Wolf 2nd, one of Philadelphia's greatest bookmen.

The Philobiblon Club is affiliated with the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies.

Unless otherwise specified, meetings are held at The Franklin Inn Club, located at 205 South Camac Street -- the northeast corner of the intersection of Camac and St. James Streets, which is just north and east of the intersection of Locust and 13th Streets, in Center City Philadelphia. They begin at 6 P.M.

For reservations, consult the Club's Secretary, Thomas Whitehead (Head, Special Collections, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA 19122). Dinner is served towards 6:30 P.M., but it is possible to attend talks (which begin at about 7:45/8:00 P.M.) without also attending the Club's dinner. Since the opportunity for book-related conviviality as much as the chance to hear the speaker is one of the virtues of Club evenings, however, to do so would seem rather to miss the point.

George Allen (formerly of William H. Allen, Booksellers, 2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103) was the President of the Club for the quarter of a century preceding his death on November 20, 1998. The Club has mounted, in his memory, the obituary notice published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on November 25, 1998, and eulogies delivered at the Memorial Service for George Allen held on November 29 and at the Club's December 8 meeting.

Contacts (with their e-mail addresses as live links) include:

If you are interested in joining The Philobiblon Club, please communicate directly with Ms. Buffington (Membership Chair), any member of the Board, or any member of the Club.

Information about Club publications is available here.

Schedule of meetings -- 2001-2002

Meetings begin at 6 P.M. and, unless otherwise specified, take place at The Franklin Inn Club, St. James and Camac Streets, Philadelphia.

  1. October 16, 2001: Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania)

  2. November 13, 2001: Joseph Farrell (University of Pennsylvania)

  3. December 11, 2001: David Holmes (Collingswood, NJ)

  4. February 12, 2002: Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania)

  5. March 12, 2002: David Szewczyk (Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company)

  6. April 9, 10, 11, 2002: NOTE DATE & LOCATION CHANGES


  7. May 14, 2002: Thomas Kinsella (The Richard Stocton College of New Jersey) and Willman Spawn (Philadelphia)

The speaker roster for the last several years (1995-2000) follows. Some of the talks presented on these occasions have been mounted on this site. NOTE: All rights to these essays, most especially including copyright, remain their authors's property. These are NOT essays in the public domain.

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Go to Daniel Traister's Home Page (where The Philobiblon Club Page lives).