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

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

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Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Read Constantinou, talks all about private library catalogues in a recent podcast intervi...
08/25/2021
The Biblio File hosted by Nigel Beale: Meghan Constantinou with the goods on private library catalogues

Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Read Constantinou, talks all about private library catalogues in a recent podcast interview with Nigel Beale. She discusses historic examples from the Grolier Club Library and, with the help of advice from club members Sarah Funke Butler Julie Carlsen, and PJ Mode, gives advice for making modern ones.

https://thebibliofile.ca/meghan-constantinou-with-the-goods-on-private-library-catalogues

Meghan Constantinou has been Head Librarian at since 2011 and a Club member since 2013. Her research interests include the history of private collecting, women’s book ownership, and provenance studies. The Club Library collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials dedicated to the histo...

Vellum Hebrew manuscript waste found as sewing guards in our copy of Johannes Nider, Manuale Confessorum, bound with two...
08/16/2021

Vellum Hebrew manuscript waste found as sewing guards in our copy of Johannes Nider, Manuale Confessorum, bound with two other works, all printed in Cologne by Conrad Winters, de Homborch, in 1479; bound by the Sankt Georg Binder, Cologne, after 1479 (attribution by George Fletcher, MEI id 02128148)

#GrolierClub #GrolierClubLibrary #Manuscript #BindersWaste #HebrewManuscript #Incunabula

Final days for our summer exhibitions! "100 Books Famous in Typography" and "New Members Collect" both close on Saturday...
07/23/2021

Final days for our summer exhibitions! "100 Books Famous in Typography" and "New Members Collect" both close on Saturday, July 31. Please reserve your gallery visits via https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com. The Grolier Club will be closed during the month of August.

We will kick off our 2021-2022 season in September. "'The Great George': Cruikshank and London's Graphic Humorists (1800-1850)" from the collection of Josephine Lea Iselin opens September 15 in our second floor gallery, and "Treasures from the Hispanic Society Library" will open September 29 in our first floor gallery.

In the meantime, you can always find our exhibitions online: https://grolierclub.omeka.net.

Final days for our summer exhibitions! "100 Books Famous in Typography" and "New Members Collect" both close on Saturday, July 31. Please reserve your gallery visits via https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com. The Grolier Club will be closed during the month of August.

We will kick off our 2021-2022 season in September. "'The Great George': Cruikshank and London's Graphic Humorists (1800-1850)" from the collection of Josephine Lea Iselin opens September 15 in our second floor gallery, and "Treasures from the Hispanic Society Library" will open September 29 in our first floor gallery.

In the meantime, you can always find our exhibitions online: https://grolierclub.omeka.net.

Assistant Librarian, Scott Ellwood's latest contribution to the Grolier Club Library blog discusses our recently acquire...
07/13/2021
Tuskegee’s Printing Office

Assistant Librarian, Scott Ellwood's latest contribution to the Grolier Club Library blog discusses our recently acquired photograph of the student printing office at Tuskegee University (then Institute), ca. 1910-1915, amid the larger context of printing education at HBCUs. A gold mine for further research!
https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2021/07/13/tuskegees-printing-office/

By Scott Ellwood, Assistant Librarian “Printing Shop, Tuskegee,” (ca. 1910-1915). Original photograph in the Grolier Club Library. The Grolier Club recently acquired from Between the Co…

Paging Eric White and Lisa Fagin Davis: Ms binding waste found in the front and back of Seneca's Tragoediae (Venice: Mat...
07/12/2021

Paging Eric White and Lisa Fagin Davis: Ms binding waste found in the front and back of Seneca's Tragoediae (Venice: Matteo Capcasa (di Codeca), 18 July 1493, ISTC is00437000). From the Oliver gift. Ready go!

To follow up on our exciting announcement about the Oliver gift of incunables, we are sharing these fun unpacking photos...
07/08/2021

To follow up on our exciting announcement about the Oliver gift of incunables, we are sharing these fun unpacking photos! Our thanks to Assistant Librarian, Scott Ellwood, and Library Assistant, Kylie Goetz, for these great shots.

The Grolier Club is pleased and honored to announce the recent acquisition of a significant collection of incunabula, do...
07/07/2021

The Grolier Club is pleased and honored to announce the recent acquisition of a significant collection of incunabula, donated by Grolier Club member Andrew Oliver of Washington, DC. The twenty-four volumes in the Andrew Oliver gift bear printing dates between 1475 and 1501, and illustrate the art of printing as it developed in cities across Europe, with examples from Basel, Florence, Venice, Augsburg, Brescia, Strassburg, Vicenza, Lyon, and Bologna. A full press release is available on our blog: https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2021/07/07/collection-of-incunabula-donated-to-the-grolier-club/

The Grolier Club is pleased and honored to announce the recent acquisition of a significant collection of incunabula, donated by Grolier Club member Andrew Oliver of Washington, DC. The twenty-four volumes in the Andrew Oliver gift bear printing dates between 1475 and 1501, and illustrate the art of printing as it developed in cities across Europe, with examples from Basel, Florence, Venice, Augsburg, Brescia, Strassburg, Vicenza, Lyon, and Bologna. A full press release is available on our blog: https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2021/07/07/collection-of-incunabula-donated-to-the-grolier-club/

Great new acquisition: ca. 1934 trade catalogue and type specimen of the Chinese-American firm Bock Ngar Chy Co., 920 Gr...
07/06/2021

Great new acquisition: ca. 1934 trade catalogue and type specimen of the Chinese-American firm Bock Ngar Chy Co., 920 Grant Ave, San Francisco, California founded by Lee Shew Hung #typespecimen #chinesetypography #20thcentury #chineseamericanhistory

06/29/2021

Please note: The Grolier Club will be closed on Monday, July 5, for the Independence Day holiday.

Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Read Constantinou was interviewed by Silke Lohmann for The Book Collector's 'Interview wi...
06/23/2021

Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Read Constantinou was interviewed by Silke Lohmann for The Book Collector's 'Interview with a Librarian' series. Meghan talks about her thoughts on the field, exciting discoveries, plans and projects, and reflections on the pandemic. https://mailchi.mp/486b30c30773/newwebsiteforthebookcollector-7954745

Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Read Constantinou was interviewed by Silke Lohmann for The Book Collector's 'Interview with a Librarian' series. Meghan talks about her thoughts on the field, exciting discoveries, plans and projects, and reflections on the pandemic. https://mailchi.mp/486b30c30773/newwebsiteforthebookcollector-7954745

We are pleased to announce that the “Oath of a Freeman,” long considered one of the most notorious printing forgeries of...
06/15/2021

We are pleased to announce that the “Oath of a Freeman,” long considered one of the most notorious printing forgeries of all time, has been acquired by Kenneth W. Rendell and Shirley McNerney Rendell for donation to the Grolier Club. The full press release can be found on our blog: https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2021/06/15/infamous-oath-of-a-freeman-forgery-acquired-for-the-grolier-club/

We are pleased to announce that the “Oath of a Freeman,” long considered one of the most notorious printing forgeries of all time, has been acquired by Kenneth W. Rendell and Shirley McNerney Rendell for donation to the Grolier Club. The full press release can be found on our blog: https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2021/06/15/infamous-oath-of-a-freeman-forgery-acquired-for-the-grolier-club/

We're pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our second floor gallery: "New Members Collect" showcases i...
06/03/2021

We're pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our second floor gallery: "New Members Collect" showcases items from the collections of members who joined the Grolier Club in 2020. An online version of the exhibition, containing items from additional members, is available at https://grolierclub.omeka.net/exhibits/show/nmc-2021.

We're pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our second floor gallery: "New Members Collect" showcases items from the collections of members who joined the Grolier Club in 2020. An online version of the exhibition, containing items from additional members, is available at https://grolierclub.omeka.net/exhibits/show/nmc-2021.

06/01/2021

Please Note: Our first floor gallery exhibition, "One Hundred Books Famous in Typography," will be closed on Tuesday, June 8. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

05/25/2021

Please note: The Grolier Club will be closed on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Very excited about our new collection of 42 booksellers’ trade cards from Bordeaux, France, 1780-1810. Lots to explore! ...
05/13/2021

Very excited about our new collection of 42 booksellers’ trade cards from Bordeaux, France, 1780-1810. Lots to explore! #tradecards #booktrade #bordeauxfrance #eighteenthcentury #nineteenthcentury

We're pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our first floor gallery: "One Hundred Books Famous in Typog...
05/12/2021

We're pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our first floor gallery: "One Hundred Books Famous in Typography." The exhibition runs through July 31, 2021. It is open to the public free of charge, but reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance via https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com. Please come join us for the latest installment in a long tradition of "Grolier Hundreds!"

We're pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our first floor gallery: "One Hundred Books Famous in Typography." The exhibition runs through July 31, 2021. It is open to the public free of charge, but reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance via https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com. Please come join us for the latest installment in a long tradition of "Grolier Hundreds!"

The Daily Heller: Kelly’s Type Book Canon
05/07/2021
The Daily Heller: Kelly’s Type Book Canon

The Daily Heller: Kelly’s Type Book Canon

Typophiles and bibliophiles rejoice: Jerry Kelly has organized an exhibition and authored a catalog, “100 Books Famous in Typography.”

DIY inspiration for your home library.First, a circa 1828 catalog for the Earl Sheffield’s library at Sheffield Park, Su...
05/04/2021

DIY inspiration for your home library.

First, a circa 1828 catalog for the Earl Sheffield’s library at Sheffield Park, Sussex, assembled by cut-and-paste with strips of manuscript entries for each book.

Second, a pen and ink bookplate in the style of a medallion, with a male n**e seated among sculptures, a Greek motto to one side, and the mysterious signature “Cx” at bottom; pasted in A Catalogue of Books: The Effects of Dr. Peter Bardon ... [1746?]

#GrolierClub #GrolierClubLibrary #LibraryCatalog #Manuscript #DIY #Library #RareBooks

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,…

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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!