Grolier Club, New York City

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The Grolier Club is a private club and society of bibliophiles in New York City. Founded in January 1884, it is the oldest existing bibliophilic club in North America. The club is named after Jean Grolier de Servières, Viscount d'Aguisy, Treasurer General of France, whose library was famous; his motto, "Io. Grolierii et amicorum", suggested his generosity in sharing books. The Club's stated objective is "the literary study of the arts pertaining to the production of books, including the occasional publication of books designed to illustrate, promote and encourage these arts; and the acquisition, furnishing and maintenance of a suitable club building for the safekeeping of its property, wherein meetings, lectures and exhibitions shall take place from time to time..."
The Grolier Club maintains a research library specializing in books, bibliography and bibliophily, printing, binding, illustration and bookselling. The Grolier Club has one of the more extensive collections of book auction and book seller catalogs in North America. The Library has the archives of a number of prominent bibliophiles such as Sir Thomas Phillipps, and of bibliophile and print collecting groups, such as the Hroswitha Club of women book collectors and the Society of Iconophiles.
The Grolier Club also has a program of public exhibitions which "treat books and prints as objects worthy of display, on a par with painting and sculpture." The exhibitions draw on various sources including holdings of the Club, its members, and of institutional libraries. In 2013, it hosted an exhibition on women in science.
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  • As a bibliophile myself, the Grolier Club was high on my list of institutions to visit in NY. The role of the organisation in promoting bibliophily and book priduction can not be underestimated. Neith...  more »
  • because of what we had found on the internet, we thought during a huge rainstorm to get to the Grolier Club. The only thing was open and tour, was a small exhibition on the second floor, where we already tired after 10 minutes. The Grolier Club is easy to find, our room was near Central Park. Maybe we had bad luck, because there was just rebuilt, but the high expectations, could not live up to our visit
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  • Excellent displays and exhibits. Free to the public.
  • Great place. I was fortunate to be invited
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