Our twenty-fifth Standing-Room Only Lecture will have Meghan Constantinou talking about stenciled books—in which all (or most) of the textual and decorative elements are hand-stenciled—in the context of eighteenth-century French domestic printing. Although most stenciled books from this period were created by or for religious communities, a handful were produced by private individuals for personal use. These wonderfully idiosyncratic, privately “printed” books open a window into the world of domestic book making before the technological advances of the nineteenth-century.

Our speaker, Meghan Constantinou, is the curator of a private collection in the Boston area and was Librarian of the Grolier Club from 2011 to 2022.   


Thirty tickets are available for $10 each.

Date and Time
Monday, October 30 at 7p
Doors open at 6p for mingling.

Katherine Small Gallery
108 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143 [map]

Standing-Room Only Lectures aim to present short talks about graphic design, typography, and collecting. The lectures are kept to about twenty minutes because—true to its name—the series takes place in our standing-room only gallery. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring a short attention span.

We will be checking ticket reservations at the door. Don’t bother printing your ticket as we can look you up by name. We will have a stand-by line at the door for this event. Five minutes before the event begins, we will open up the event to those in the stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have reserved a ticket for this event, please note that it will guarantee your place until 6:55 pm on the day of the event.

Will this talk be recorded or available for streaming?