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
The private library inventory catalogue of Samuel Petit (1594-1643), published in Paris in 1645, is one of the earliest printed inventory catalogues produced in France. According to Pollard and Ehrman, it was preceded only by the library inventories of Thomas Blaise (1641) and Jean des Cordes (1643). Petit was a French Huguenot priest, orientalist, classical … Continue reading The Library Inventory Catalogue of Samuel Petit across the Channel.
Maison Charavay was founded by Antoine Charavay, who came to bookselling late in life. After fighting under Napoleon in Egypt, he spent 30 years selling silk stockings like his father and grandfather before him. But after the workers' revolts in 1831 and the death of his wife, he opened his first bookshop in Lyon on … Continue reading Maison Charavay
Please note: The Grolier Club will be closed on Monday, October 8th, for the Columbus Day holiday. We will re-open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9th.
Please note: the Grolier clubhouse will be closing at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 28th and remain closed through Saturday, September 29th to complete necessary construction work. We will re-open at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 1st. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
While rummaging around the Grolier Club Library’s Spencer Van B. Nichols Bookplate Collection, I noticed a rather imposing book label. Printed for John Brampton on 29 December 1745, the label is surrounded by a running quote relating to the invention of printing: “The Noble Art and Mystery of Printing was first invented and practiced by … Continue reading “The Noble Art and Mystery of Printing”: John Brampton’s Book Label and Print Shop Keepsake