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
After a year’s hiatus due to renovations, The Grolier Club Library is pleased to announce the resumption of its annual fellowship offering in the art and history of the book, named in honor of Grolier Club benefactor and former president William H. Helfand. Awards of up to $3,000 are available for research in the Library's … Continue reading 2018 Grolier Club Library William H. Helfand Fellowship
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