The Grolier Club of New York

The Grolier Club of New York Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club of New York is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts.
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Named for Jean Grolier (1489 or 90-1565), the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his library with friends, the Club’s objective is to foster “the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper.” The Club maintains a research library on printing and related book arts, and its programs include public exhibitions as well as a long and distinguished series of publications. As part of its mission to promote the art and history of the book, the Grolier Club regularly hosts the lectures and gatherings of other bookish organizations, and opens many of its own events to the public. No advance notice is required to view Grolier Club exhibitions; however, RSVPs and reservations for other events should be made through Maev Brennan, tel. (212) 838-6690, x7, [email protected].

Operating as usual

04/30/2021

Please note: Our elevator will be out of service Wednesday-Friday, May 5-7. During that time, accessing our "Taming the Tongue" exhibition will require visitors to use one flight of stairs. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Five beautiful exhibition posters from La Casa Del Libro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The fine printer, curator, collector,...
04/23/2021

Five beautiful exhibition posters from La Casa Del Libro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The fine printer, curator, collector, and Grolier Club member Elmer Adler served as the first librarian and laid the foundation for the collection. La Casa Del Libro has examples of fine books ranging from medieval manuscripts to contemporary private press books. Discover more on their Instagram @CasaDelLibroPR

Pictured:
1. Ilustraciones de Jack e Irene Delano para el libro "The Emperor's New Clothes" Una exposicion en La Casa del Libro, Cristo 255, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2. Homenaje al Dante 1265-1965: exposicion conmemorativa de Marzo en adelante: la Casa del Libro.
3. Una Exposicion La Musica en el Libro: La Casa del Libro Calle del Cristo 255, San Juan de Puerto Rico Mayo, Junio & Julio, 1970.
4. La Letra Inicial [de Rafael Tufiño].
5. Antonio Frasconi Libros Alustrados; Agosto 27, 1976 San Juan, Puerto Rico.

#LaCasaDelLibroPR #LCDL #Poster #PosterArt #ScreenPrinting #ElmerAdler #PynsonPress #GrolierClub #BookArts #RafaelTufiño #Dante #AntonioFrasconi

The magazines that made America | Apollo Magazine
04/15/2021
The magazines that made America | Apollo Magazine

The magazines that made America | Apollo Magazine

The pages of US periodicals trumpet a country making it up as it went along, covering everything from prohibition to pulp fiction, writes Todd McEwen

Grolier Club Will Host Typography Exhibition | Fine Books & Collections
04/13/2021
Grolier Club Will Host Typography Exhibition | Fine Books & Collections

Grolier Club Will Host Typography Exhibition | Fine Books & Collections

New York — In 1902 the Grolier Club mounted an exhibition entitled “One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature.” The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue were a major success. To this day people refer to books distinguished by inclusion in that show as milestones in the history of wri...

Excited to report our acquisition of two new photographs documenting printing history! Ca 1920 photo of student printers...
04/06/2021

Excited to report our acquisition of two new photographs documenting printing history! Ca 1920 photo of student printers in the Tuskegee University printing shop; and an album of 27 photos of Linotype machines from ca. 1917 @grolierclub #printinghistory #blackhistory #linotypemachine #linotype

Please note: The Grolier Club will be closed on Monday, April 5. Our galleries will reopen at 10 am on Tuesday, April 6....
03/31/2021
The Grolier Club

Please note: The Grolier Club will be closed on Monday, April 5. Our galleries will reopen at 10 am on Tuesday, April 6. Apologies for any inconvenience.

As always, exhibition reservations can be made (at least 48 hours in advance) at https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com.

Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Named for Jean Grolier (1489 or 90-1565), the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his library with friends, the Club’s objective is to promote “the study, coll...

The Latest from the Grolier Club Library Blog: A book from FDR's library given to the club by Steven Lomazow. Thank you ...
03/31/2021
Book from FDR’s Library Donated to the Grolier Club by Steven Lomazow

The Latest from the Grolier Club Library Blog: A book from FDR's library given to the club by Steven Lomazow. Thank you Steven!
https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/book-from-fdrs-library-donated-to-the-grolier-club-by-steven-lomazow/

Grolier Club member, Steven Lomazow, recently presented the Library with an engaging little book formerly owned by one of the club’s most famous members, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Honorary member:…

We honor the penultimate day of #WomensHistoryMonth with an exciting new acquisition: The private library catalog of Mar...
03/30/2021

We honor the penultimate day of #WomensHistoryMonth with an exciting new acquisition: The private library catalog of Maria Cristina of the Two Sicilies, queen consort of Spain (1806-1878). It was compiled for the princess at her Vista Alegre palace by her librarian Eugenio Giorgi in 1841. The library had over 2500 titles in a variety of subjects: natural history, literature (including 14 titles by Sir Walter Scott in french translation), philosophy, medicine, military science, geography, and costumes. All items are described in great detail, including copy-specific information about bindings. We look forward to learning more!

Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Read Constantinou will be giving a virtual lecture on private library catalogues in the G...
03/25/2021

Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Read Constantinou will be giving a virtual lecture on private library catalogues in the Grolier Club's collection on Tue May 4 (5:30 GMT/12:30 pm EDT). The talk is for the History of Libraries Seminar sponsored by the Institute of English Studies (IES), School of Advanced Study, University of London. All are welcome! https://www.history.ac.uk/events/private-library-catalogues-sources-library-history-appreciation

Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Read Constantinou will be giving a virtual lecture on private library catalogues in the Grolier Club's collection on Tue May 4 (5:30 GMT/12:30 pm EDT). The talk is for the History of Libraries Seminar sponsored by the Institute of English Studies (IES), School of Advanced Study, University of London. All are welcome! https://www.history.ac.uk/events/private-library-catalogues-sources-library-history-appreciation

We'll be hosting a virtual conference with American Printing History Association (APHA) in the fall. Proposals are now b...
03/22/2021
2021 APHA Virtual Conference Call for Proposals - American Printing History Association

We'll be hosting a virtual conference with American Printing History Association (APHA) in the fall. Proposals are now being accepted at https://printinghistory.org/2021-apha-virtual-conference-call-for-proposals/?utm_campaign=wp-to-twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

The American Printing History Association welcomes proposals for Impresos: Printing Across Latin American and Caribbean Cultures An APHA virtual conference, hosted by the Grolier Club,…

We are pleased to announce that Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Constantinou, has been honored with the Fredson Bowers Aw...
03/09/2021

We are pleased to announce that Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Constantinou, has been honored with the Fredson Bowers Award, a Major Grant awarded jointly by The Bibliographical Society UK and the Bibliographical Society of America, for her project, “‘The Library Catalogues of the Elliots of Minto: A Scottish Aristocratic Library in Context, 1738-1938.” The project draws upon eight manuscript private library catalogues in the Grolier Club’s collection documenting the library of the prominent Elliot family (Lords of Minto) from the Scottish Borders. The funds will allow Meghan to study the Elliot family archives at the National Library of Scotland in combination with the Grolier Club catalogues to learn more about the use, development, and dispersal of the library. http://www.bibsoc.org.uk/content/2020-2021-0

We are pleased to announce that Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Constantinou, has been honored with the Fredson Bowers Award, a Major Grant awarded jointly by The Bibliographical Society UK and the Bibliographical Society of America, for her project, “‘The Library Catalogues of the Elliots of Minto: A Scottish Aristocratic Library in Context, 1738-1938.” The project draws upon eight manuscript private library catalogues in the Grolier Club’s collection documenting the library of the prominent Elliot family (Lords of Minto) from the Scottish Borders. The funds will allow Meghan to study the Elliot family archives at the National Library of Scotland in combination with the Grolier Club catalogues to learn more about the use, development, and dispersal of the library. http://www.bibsoc.org.uk/content/2020-2021-0

Bryan A. Garner on the Scandalous History of Grammar | Fine Books & Collections
03/04/2021
Bryan A. Garner on the Scandalous History of Grammar | Fine Books & Collections

Bryan A. Garner on the Scandalous History of Grammar | Fine Books & Collections

In our new spring issue, we profile the brilliant Bryan A. Garner, a lawyer, lexicographer, and America’s foremost grammarian, whose book collection numbers around 38,000 volumes, including 4,500 dictionaries and 1,900 grammars.

It’s fortuitous that National Grammar Day just happens to coincide with the opening of our new second floor exhibition: ...
03/04/2021

It’s fortuitous that National Grammar Day just happens to coincide with the opening of our new second floor exhibition: “Taming the Tongue in the Heyday of English Grammar (1711-1851)” from the collection of Bryan A. Garner. The exhibition will run through May 15, 2021. Reservations are free but must be made at least 48 hours in advance via https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com. #grolierclub #exhibitions #grammar

It’s fortuitous that National Grammar Day just happens to coincide with the opening of our new second floor exhibition: “Taming the Tongue in the Heyday of English Grammar (1711-1851)” from the collection of Bryan A. Garner. The exhibition will run through May 15, 2021. Reservations are free but must be made at least 48 hours in advance via https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com. #grolierclub #exhibitions #grammar

Bibliography lovers! So many great things about this August 7, 1815 letter from Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) to Ja...
03/01/2021

Bibliography lovers! So many great things about this August 7, 1815 letter from Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) to Jacques-Charles Brunet. It has the only known example of Dibdin’s original wax seal of a dolphin and anchor with the word ALDUS. Recently purchased [email protected] Windle @grolierclub #bibliography #waxseal #dolphinandanchor

03/01/2021

Please note: Today's online lecture by Gabrielle M. Dudley has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to reschedule at a later date. Apologies for any inconvenience.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2021/02/26/an-epic-exhibit-of-historic-magazines-gives-a-new-reading-on-today...
02/27/2021
An Epic Exhibit Of Historic Magazines - From The Saturday Evening Post To Mac World - Gives A New Reading On Today’s Troubled Social Media

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2021/02/26/an-epic-exhibit-of-historic-magazines-gives-a-new-reading-on-todays-troubling-social-media/?sh=63a3a432556e

One of the world's leading collections of periodicals is now on view at the Grolier Club in Manhattan, featuring rare early issues of magazines from the 19th century to the present in categories ranging from politics to baseball.

Our galleries have reopened to the public today. If you would like to visit us, please make a free reservation at https:...
02/24/2021
The Grolier Club

Our galleries have reopened to the public today. If you would like to visit us, please make a free reservation at https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. For COVID-19 social-distancing purposes, each reservation time slot is limited to 10 attendees.

Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Named for Jean Grolier (1489 or 90-1565), the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his library with friends, the Club’s objective is to promote “the study, coll...

02/18/2021

Please note: The Grolier Club will be closed February 18-23 for deep cleaning after possible staff exposure to COVID-19. Our galleries will reopen on Wednesday, February 24.

Our "Magazines and the American Experience" exhibition is featured in The New Yorker!
02/16/2021
What Are Magazines Good For?

Our "Magazines and the American Experience" exhibition is featured in The New Yorker!

The story of America can be told through the story of its periodicals.

D Magazine is offering both Valentine's Day gift recommendations AND a preview of our upcoming second floor exhibition: ...
02/12/2021
The Dorkiest, Wordiest Valentine's Day Gift You Could Ever Give - D Magazine

D Magazine is offering both Valentine's Day gift recommendations AND a preview of our upcoming second floor exhibition: "Taming the Tongue in the Heyday of English Grammar (1711-1851)" from the Collection of Bryan A. Garner, which opens to the public on March 4.

Taming the Tongue is a catalog that accompanies an exhibition of grammars. Sexy!

Today is Chinese New Year, and we’re now in the year of the Ox!These are a set of ink sticks decorated with the animals ...
02/12/2021

Today is Chinese New Year, and we’re now in the year of the Ox!

These are a set of ink sticks decorated with the animals of the zodiac and Chinese characters for their names (they are delicate and some have cracked). The title 十二生肖宝墨 (Shi er sheng xiao bao mo) written on the box label and the back of each block translates to “12 images on ink sticks.” The fine detail and traces of gold in the characters and animal figures suggest that they were decorative objects. We don’t know much about them, so if you do, please share in the comments!

Gift of Neale Albert, 2020.

Thank you to Megumi Hill for her counsel.

#GrolierClub #GrolierClubLibrary #ChineseNewYear #LunarNewYear #YearOfTheOx #Zodiac #ChineseZodiac

02/09/2021

Please note that the Grolier Club will be closed on Monday, February 15, for the Presidents' Day Holiday.

The Library's latest blog post features a heavily annotated Renaissance-era school book from the club's collection. We h...
02/03/2021

The Library's latest blog post features a heavily annotated Renaissance-era school book from the club's collection. We hope you enjoy learning about this treasure from our incunabula collection!

https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2021/02/03/a-renaissance-school-book-designed-for-note-taking/

The Library's latest blog post features a heavily annotated Renaissance-era school book from the club's collection. We hope you enjoy learning about this treasure from our incunabula collection!

https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2021/02/03/a-renaissance-school-book-designed-for-note-taking/

02/01/2021

Please note: The Grolier Club will be closed Tuesday, February 2, due to inclement weather.

The Grolier Club will be closed today due to the snow storm in New York City. While you can’t see our current exhibition...
02/01/2021

The Grolier Club will be closed today due to the snow storm in New York City. While you can’t see our current exhibitions in person today, visit the “Online Exhibitions” page on our website to see current and past shows!

Image: Rudolph Ruzicka, “The Harlem River.”

The Grolier Club will be closed today due to the snow storm in New York City. While you can’t see our current exhibitions in person today, visit the “Online Exhibitions” page on our website to see current and past shows!

Image: Rudolph Ruzicka, “The Harlem River.”

01/31/2021

Please note: Due to forecast severe weather, the Grolier Club will be closed on Monday, February 1.

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Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club of New York is America's oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Named for Jean Grolier, the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his library with friends, the Club's objective is to foster "the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books." The Club maintains a research library on printing and related book arts, and its programs include free public exhibitions, lectures and other events, as well as a long and distinguished series of publications.

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"The place where God crowned himself Pharaoh": in 2020, in Central Park, NYC.
https://www.academia.edu/s/2c2eb676c3#comment_623045 Some news from Antonio Manutius in Harvard University.
After decades of navigating cracks, holes, and a chronic standing water problem, visitors to the Grolier Club will FINALLY encounter a smooth new stretch of sidewalk in front of our building. Rejoice!
After decades of navigating cracks, holes, and chronic standing water, visitors to the Grolier Club will FINALLY enjoy a smooth new expanse of sidewalk in front of our building!
I own some valuable copper plates from Of Human Bo***ge, illustrated by John Sloan. Do yoiu have an appraisal dept? Thank you.
Discover Antonio Manutius aka Hassan Pacha Veneziano, king of Algiers https://www.facebook.com/topographieethistoiregeneraledalger/posts/2184613525106937?__tn__=K-R
Magnificent dedication to scholarship :Awards of up to $3,000 are available for research in the Library's areas of strength, with emphasis on the private collecting of books and prints, antiquarian bookselling, and the book and graphic arts. Fellowship awards may be used to pay for travel, housing, and other expenses. A research stay of two weeks is desired, and Helfand Fellows are expected to present the results of their research in a public lecture at the Grolier Club, or in an article submitted to the Club's journal, The Gazette of the Grolier Club.
Absolutely loved the Playing Soldier exhibit!