A few months ago, a box of miniature bookbindings was rediscovered in our archives. The box proved to be a veritable treasure trove of fine bindings donated to the Grolier Club in April of 1918 by none other than Samuel P. Avery, one of the Club’s greatest benefactors. Among them a book of fables in … Continue reading A 17th century Embroidered Binding
Some booksellers are drawn to the business because of their love of reading. Some are following a relative in the family business. For others, it’s a second career after law, finance, or medicine loses its luster. Still others become booksellers through unconventional paths. One of the first firms I cataloged, W. & G. Foyle, Ltd., … Continue reading Accidental Antiquarians
One of my favorite objects in the Grolier Club Library is the manuscript library catalogue of Jacques-Louis Rocheboüet (1685-1743). Rocheboüet was a Jansenist and a Convulsionnaire curé living in France in the first half of the eighteenth century. His catalogue is interesting both for the books it contains and for its peculiar aesthetic appeal. Jacques-Louis Rocheboüet was … Continue reading The Library of a Convulsionist curé: Jacques-Louis Rocheboüet (1685-1743)
Booksellers and collectors are stereotyped as quiet, nerdy, bookish sorts, but the reality is they are just as likely to be adventurers, visionaries, activists, oddballs, provocateurs, and even scoundrels. Covent Garden Bookshop was run by one such colorful figure. Dr. N.C. Nothmann supposedly fled his Nazi-occupied homeland of Lithuania by walking to Italy. From there … Continue reading The Fly Dealer of Covent Garden Bookshop
It was initially presumed that this binders scrapbook, acquired by the Club in 2014, was part of the Curwen Press archive, as it contains numerous drawings of bindings for Curwen publications, as well as correspondence from Harold Curwen, director of the Press. It is well known that the Curwen Press had a bindery on their … Continue reading A 20th Century Binder’s Scrapbook
Please note: the Grolier Club building will be closed the week of June 18-22 to accommodate extensive renovation work in our lobby. Apologies for any inconvenience.
This blog was created to allow staff to highlight objects in the Grolier Club Library’s collection which they find interesting, beautiful, quirky, or otherwise remarkable. Information relating to certain events, temporary closings, or other activities that affect the library will be cross-posted here as well. We welcome your comments, questions, and observations.