Nowadays many of us take for granted how easy it is to get a book -- we head to the local library, hop on the subway to go to our favorite store, open up a browser to order something online, and in a matter of hours or a few days we have a new book … Continue reading The Book Peddlers of France
The Archives Committee of the American Trust for the British Library and the Grolier Club Library are pleased to announce the completion of the processing of the records of the American Trust for the British Library. The archive consists of 6 boxes of materials (6 linear feet) of the business records of the ATBL, and … Continue reading American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) Archive Established at the Grolier Club
For one hundred years, a modest dynasty of imprimeur-libraires printed, published, and sold books in Paris with three generations of women at its core. The story of this family shows, first, how women often played hidden roles in the print and book trade, occasionally revealed when a widow inherited the firm, a son-in-law took over, … Continue reading One dynasty, three names
Please note: The Grolier Club will be closed on Monday, May 27th, for the Memorial Day holiday. Our gallery will also be closed on Saturday, June 1st, for an event. Apologies for any inconvenience.
The private manuscript library catalogue of Anne-Julie-Françoise de Crussol d’Uzès, duchesse de La Vallière (1713-1797?) documents a fairly typical eighteenth-century French aristocratic library, composed of mainly contemporary literature in small formats on a wide range of topics (history, travel, novels, etc.). The catalogue does, however, bear one curious feature that has interested me since I … Continue reading Aristocratic Identity Erasure in the Private Library Catalogue of Madame la duchesse de La Vallière, ca. 1787
"Poet of the Body": New York's Walt WhitmanMay 15 - July 27, 2019 How did a carpenter’s son, grammar school dropout and sometime hack writer become America’s greatest poet? To commemorate Whitman’s 200th birthday on May 31, 2019, this landmark exhibition showcases New York's role in the extraordinary transformation of Walter Whitman Jr. to “Walt … Continue reading New exhibition in our ground floor gallery
Books have power – they can convey information and experience readers would otherwise not have access to. Inevitably, then, booksellers sometimes run afoul of the law when they attempt to sell to the general public works the government deems dangerous (the subject of a later post) or obscene. In some cases, the defiance of local … Continue reading Avery’s Gang: the Seamy Side of Bookselling