The Library of a Convulsionist curé: Jacques-Louis Rocheboüet (1685-1743)

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)

The Fly Dealer of Covent Garden Bookshop

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

About the Grolier Club Library Blog

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.