How the Tapperij Came to Be

In fall 1895, Grolierites returned from their summer breaks to a heady surprise in their six-year-old clubhouse at 29 East 32nd Street. Their Romanesque Revival building’s “stiff little colonial grill room” had metamorphosed into a semblance of a Dutch tapperij (taproom), “dim with the light of tallow dips,” as Leslie’s Weekly reported. (The article’s headline: … Continue reading How the Tapperij Came to Be

Jael and Judith: A Pair of Old Testament Heroines on a Sixteenth-century Panel-Stamped Binding

The Grolier Club Library’s copy of Conrad Gessner’s Bibliotheca Instituta et Collecta (Zürich: C. Froschauer, 1574), donated in December 2019 by Club member, Jim Periconi, features two powerful Biblical women on its contemporary pigskin binding. The upper cover is stamped with a panel depicting Jael and Sisera from the Book of Judges (81 x 46mm), … Continue reading Jael and Judith: A Pair of Old Testament Heroines on a Sixteenth-century Panel-Stamped Binding

Now open in our second floor gallery:

A little-known and unexpected aspect of 20th century literature is the delightful discovery that some well-known authors also wrote one or more children’s books. This unusual literary theme is explored in the exhibition They Also Wrote Children’s Books, on view in the Grolier Club’s second floor gallery from March 4 through May 2, 2020. Grolier Club member … Continue reading Now open in our second floor gallery:

Please note: The Grolier Club Library will be closed March 23-27 due to construction work. Library staff will be available to answer reference questions by email and phone. Please contact Librarian, Meghan Constantinou, mconstantinou@grolierclub.org, 212-838-6690. Thank you, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Now open in our ground floor gallery:

OPEN SET 2020 - Design Binding Today A Design Binding is a singularly-considered and beautifully executed book covering—a unique work of art that both evokes the content of the book, and reveals the passion, design sense, and skill of the binder. By applying technique in order to uncover the essence of a book, the binder transforms the book through artistic interpretation. … Continue reading Now open in our ground floor gallery:

Now open in our second floor gallery:

"Art in the Letter and Other Scrawls" from the Collection of Claudia Strauss-SchulsonJanuary 8 - February 22, 2020 Considered as both a letter with art and an artwork with text, each letter in Claudia Strauss-Schulson’s illustrated letter collection conveys meaning more effectively than words alone. The collection ranges from letters with sketches to casual drawings to doodles rendered … Continue reading Now open in our second floor gallery:

Now open in our first floor gallery:

Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection “Women’s work”. The phrase usually conjures up domestic duties or occupations largely associated with women, such as teaching, nursing, or housekeeping. Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection upends those associations and documents the often obscured, forgotten, and overlooked work … Continue reading Now open in our first floor gallery: