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
Please note: our first floor exhibition gallery will be closing at 1:00 PM on Monday, April 15. The gallery and Zapf exhibition will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 16. Apologies for any inconvenience.
John F. Fleming, Inc. sales receipt letter head. From John F. Fleming Records, 1952-1987, box 45: Rosenbach Records Sales Record Book, 1954-1956 The Grolier Club Library counts itself fortunate to act not only as steward of our memorable rare book collection but also of our manuscript and archive collections. Along with our own institutional records … Continue reading From the archivist’s table: John F. Fleming, Incorporated Records, 1952-1987
Between January 2017 and October 2018, the Grolier Club received a generous gift of several hundred antiquarian bookseller catalogues, dating to the late 19th and 20th centuries, from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. The gift was facilitated by fellow Club member, David Whitesell, Curator in the Albert … Continue reading Grolier Club Library Receives Large Gift of Antiquarian Bookseller Catalogues from UVA
Recent exposés on the Grolier Club from both The New York Times and the Spectrum cable news channel New York 1 highlight a “secret door” in the library. The door is a bookcase that swings out from the wall to reveal a spiral staircase leading to a mezzanine level. The library was designed by its … Continue reading The “Secret” Bookcase Door in the Library
New York, March 19, 2019 The Grolier Club has acquired an important archive documenting the development of Jacques-Charles Brunet’s Manuel du libraire et de l'amateur des livres in its later editions, consisting of Brunet’s own interleaved and heavily annotated copy of the fourth edition; publisher Ambroise Firmin-Didot’s own copy of the fifth edition, with notes … Continue reading Grolier Club Acquires J.-C. Brunet Archive
"A Matter of Size: Miniature Texts & Bindings" from the Collection of Patricia J. PistnerMarch 5 – May 18, 2019 Size does matter. In this collection of diminutive books and bindings the size restriction ranges from a grand height of 4 inches to less than 1 millimeter. Spanning 4,500 years, on view are 275 miniature examples … Continue reading New exhibition in our second floor gallery