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

A Renaissance-era School Book Designed for Note-Taking

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

Dear Robert Curzon, which “famous library of the Seraglio”?

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.[1] 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”?