Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Grolier Club - Dedicated to book lovers everywhere


Grolier Club Library

New York City is filled with places that celebrate lesser known or thought about aspects of history and industry. There are museums for almost everything. One of those places is the Grolier Club, which celebrates all things about books.

The Grolier Club is a private club, dedicated to bibliophiles and lovers of graphic arts. It was founded in 1884 by Robert Hoe, a printing press manufacturer and book collector, along with eight other book lovers. Its mission is to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper. The club maintains a a library dedicated to all aspects of books and graphic arts, with over 100,000 books about books; bibliographies; histories of printing, publishing and collecting; and catalogs of exhibitions and sales. The Grolier club promotes and encourages knowledge of books, making their library available for research, and maintaining galleries with where they hold exhibitions and events open to the public.

When I visited in early December, the main gallery was hosting an exhibit titled “Further Impressions,” which was comprised of books and artifacts from the club’s collection chosen to show the importance of books and printing throughout history. 

The Life of Charles Henry Count Hoym (1899)

Lauderdale set of English Auction Catalogs (17th-18th Centuries)

Records of the Imperial Libraries under Napoleon

Type samples by ATFAlphabets

Printers International Specimen Subscription - a catalog of samples submitted by printing companies from around the world (late 19th century)

Polycronicon (1493)

Handmade graphic novels (20th Century)

Electroplated Book Cover (1895)

Book Plates

Illustrated books (21st Century)

While exhibit closed on January 2, there will be a new show opening on January 20th - “Magazines and the American Experience.” This will be an exploration of “how magazines have both driven and reflected the American experience.”

So, if you love books, printing or the history of either, come visit the Grolier Club. It is worth the trip.

Nuts and Bolts:

  • The Grolier Club offers free admission to its gallery, although advanced tickets are required due to COVID.
  • It is open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • It is located at 47 East 60th Street, between Madison Ave and Park Ave in New York City.

1 comment:

  1. Itching to get there in person and dig into their collection. AMD