We're pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our second floor gallery: "New Members Collect" showcases selections from the personal collections of some Grolier Club members who joined the Club in 2020. An online version of the exhibition is available. The exhibition runs through July 31, 2021.
"100 Books Famous in Typography" May 12 – July 31, 2021 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 … Continue reading New first floor exhibition
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: 1934-1945) . Lomazow, whose matchless collection of American magazines is on view at the Grolier Club Jan. 19-April 24, 2021, also has a longstanding interest in … Continue reading Book from FDR’s Library Donated to the Grolier Club by Steven Lomazow
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our second floor gallery. Taming the Tongue in the Heyday of English Grammar (1711–1851) is on display March 4 through May 15, 2021. It offers a revelatory glimpse into a time when English grammar was taught and studied with a grim fervor unthinkable … Continue reading New second floor exhibition
A meeting in Venice of Renaissance illuminati—the French bibliophile Jean Grolier (c.-1489-1565) and the Italian printer Aldus Manutius (1449-1515)—is depicted on canvas, leather, copper and paper artworks in the Grolier Club’s collection. The image, dreamed up in the late 1880s by the French painter François Flameng (1856-1923) at the behest of early club member Samuel … Continue reading A Bibliophile Went Shopping, or Maybe Not
I will begin this blog post with a confession: I take notes (lots of them) in my books. I underline lines of text, scribble things in the margins, star key points, and draw arrows to make connections between ideas. If I find something that really excites me, sometimes I will underline and star it. Like … Continue reading A Renaissance-era School Book Designed for Note-Taking
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in our first floor gallery: “Magazines and the American Experience: Highlights from the Collection of Steven Lomazow, M.D.” The exhibition will run through April 24, 2021. Reflecting the broad spectrum of American culture, printed magazines from the 18th through 21st centuries have both driven … Continue reading New first floor exhibition
In 1837, Robert Curzon (1810-1873) wrote a letter to his friend, the famous bibliophile Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), describing the little-known libraries he visited or heard of on his 1833-34 trip around the eastern Mediterranean. One description for a library in Istanbul (Curzon calls it Constantinople) stands out from the rest for its detail and … Continue reading Dear Robert Curzon, which “famous library of the Seraglio”?
The Grolier Club’s strangest armchair has traveled in the company of royals, war heroes, and bon vivant intellectuals in its journey from London to a corner of the clubhouse’s Dutch Kitchen. It has even come to Manhattan with echoes of a venerable song. The mahogany piece is carved with a cauliflower, complete with taproot and … Continue reading A Cauliflower Comes to Town
We are pleased to announce that our galleries have reopened to the public on a limited basis Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday noon - 4:00 pm. For information on how you may reserve a two-hour visit to our galleries, please visit https://grolierclub.eventbrite.com. Admission is free of charge, but reservations must be made at … Continue reading Current Exhibitions