The Resolution of a Grave Problem

Around 1900, the little-known de Burians group of Bangor, Maine, and the Grolier Club of New York vied and then collaborated to solve an overseas problem. Here’s how I traced the story, using widely scattered publications and archival material. In 1901, at the dedication of the Boston Medical Library, the physician and bibliophile William Osler began his speech[i] with … Continue reading The Resolution of a Grave Problem

Collection of Incunabula Donated to The Grolier Club

HE 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, placing them in the important “cradle” (Latin: incunabulum) period of European printing … Continue reading Collection of Incunabula Donated to The Grolier Club

Infamous “Oath of a Freeman” Forgery Acquired for the Grolier Club

"The Oath of a Freeman" The Grolier Club of New York is 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. It will become a centerpiece … Continue reading Infamous “Oath of a Freeman” Forgery Acquired for the Grolier Club

New second floor exhibition

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.

Book from FDR’s 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: 1934-1945) [1]. 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

A Bibliophile Went Shopping, or Maybe Not

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