As I have mentioned previously, I could not be more proud of my son. Some time ago, a wonderful collector asked if Aidan would be interested in cataloguing an element of her collection that she had decided to deaccession. So started a relationship that resulted in Aidan’s “summer job” being the cataloguing of 100 miniature titles.
He did an exceptional job, both as to the quality of the work itself and on his ability and willingness to execute on the project. He would set daily goals about how many books he would catalogue on that day…if he missed by one or two, he would add them to the next day’s goal. Though I remember a few days when he missed his goal, I don’t remember one where he did not catch up the next day.
He and I designed the catalogue package that was distributed this past weekend at the Miniature Book Society Conclave. We settled on a black folder with the Lux Mentis logo on the front…when opened, there were introduction letters from Aidan and Ms. Pistner on the left and the catalogue and color sheet on the right. In a small slit at the bottom of the left side, we placed a miniature catalogue profiling 14 of the books (a limited edition, even). He engaged most of the family in the process…spreading the books over my parents dinning room table and having us all rank the books to determine which should be included on the 40 title color image sheet and which should be profiled in the miniature catalogue.
The conclave is now over, so the catalogue can go “public”. We still have a handful of printed catalogues. Please let me know if you would like one. I will send them out until we have no more.
The catalogue can be found here (it is a pdf, it will open in your web browser or you can right click on the link and choose “save” to save it to your desktop).
It was wonderful to watch Aidan do this work all summer. He can talk about every book he handled and genuinely learned a great deal…both about the books and more broadly about work, research, and completing tasks. It is the first, I hope, of many catalogues he’ll issue over the next few decades.