Aristocratic Identity Erasure in the Private Library Catalogue of Madame la duchesse de La Vallière, ca. 1787

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

New exhibition in our ground floor gallery

"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

Avery’s Gang: the Seamy Side of Bookselling

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

From the archivist’s table: John F. Fleming, Incorporated Records, 1952-1987

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

Grolier Club Library Receives Large Gift of Antiquarian Bookseller Catalogues from UVA

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