The Grolier Club Library has a small almanac with a handwritten list of books that might be the earliest surviving catalogue of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), legendary book collector and bibliomaniac.
I am pleased to announce my guest post, written for the Early Modern Female Book Ownership blog, about an inscription documenting an early modern woman’s ownership of one of the Grolier Club Library’s incunables.
My thanks to Martine van Elk for inviting me to contribute!
By Meghan Constantinou, Librarian, The Grolier Club
At the Grolier Club Library, we were pleasantly surprised to discover an inscription documenting ownership by the English Restoration poet, Rachel Jevon (bap. 1627), on our copy of Bartolo of Sassoferrato’s Super prima parte Digesti novi, printed by Nicolas Jenson in 1478 (ISTC ib00216000). The inscription was discovered by John Lancaster while recording provenance details of the Club’s copy in CERL’s Material Evidence in Incunabula database (MEI). The database is searchable by gender, as well as many other facets. 
Rachel Jevon, born to a clergyman in the Diocese of Worcester in 1627…
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The private manuscript library catalogue of Anne-Julie-Françoise de Crussol d’Uzès, duchesse de La Vallière (1713-1797?) documents a fairly typical eighteenth-century French aristocratic library, composed of mainly contemporary literature in small formats on a wide range of topics (history, travel, novels, etc.). The catalogue does, however, bear one curious feature that has interested me since I … Continue reading Aristocratic Identity Erasure in the Private Library Catalogue of Madame la duchesse de La Vallière, ca. 1787
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.
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 Grolier Club Library’s Maria Gerard Messenger Women’s Bookplate Collection—recently digitized thanks to a 2016-2017 Digitization Funding Award from METRO—contains the bookplates of many women who have received little documentation in the historical record. This post gathers a few details about one of these women, Madame Roland de Challerange (after 1712-1781). Madame Roland de Challerange’s … Continue reading Bookplate of Madame Roland de Challerange (after 1712-1781)